On July 23, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was facing a “criminal inquiry” from the Department of Justice regarding the way she handled sensitive government correspondence with her private email account. The story, as you might have heard, has since imploded—Clinton was not specifically targeted; there was no criminal inquiry in the first place—and required two serious corrections, a lengthy editors’ note, and an entire column from Public Editor Margaret Sullivan. “We got it wrong,” deputy executive editor Matt Purdy told Sullivan, “because our very good sources had it wrong.”
As soon as the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage was made public on Friday, the New York Times published a strange celebration of that ruling by Frank Bruni, the paper’s only gay columnist (and second-worst one). This is a good thing for Bruni, but a bad thing for anyone looking for an enlightening perspective on the news.
On Saturday, the New York Times published an article about Charleston shooter Dylan Roof’s newly discovered manifesto and cache of selfies. It would have been a pretty straightforward news story had the Times not been fooled by a teen into reporting that Roof was a diehard fan of My Little Pony and was obsessed with 9/11 memes.
Yesterday, the New York Times published an article about a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley that killed six college students from Ireland who had been partying on the structure. The victims had come to California on the J1 work-visa program—which, the Times noted in the second paragraph of the article, has become “a source of embarrassment for Ireland, marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara.”
This is the day that the New York Times, National Geographic, and BuzzFeed, among others, began publishing stories directly to Facebook. The instant-publishing partnership is the newest concession to, or accommodation with, Facebook’s ever-greater dominance of how people encounter and read (or watch) material.
According to the real estate blog 6sqft, Frank Bruni, perhaps the worst of the New York Times’ bad columnists, recently purchased an apartment on West 74th Street in Manhattan for $1.5 million, which is a lot of money. The blog notes that Bruni has acquired “the perfect canvas to create his dream home,” which is a lie for one very specific reason.
Former New York Times Magazine writer Andrew Goldman is accusing the paper
of firing him for asking impertinent questions of a Times advertiser. Goldman, who publicly scuffled with author Jennifer Weiner over accusations of misogyny in 2012, says in a new documentary that the Times canned him for asking fashion entrepreneur Diane von Furstenberg—whose company DVF advertises in the paper—about her gay husband Barry Diller.
Today the New York Times announced its selection of 20 new op-ed writers who will contribute to the paper on a monthly basis. Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal told Capital New York that his staff selected contributors with “a broad range of viewpoints and subjects and backgrounds and geographical locations and every kind of form of diversity that you can think of.” This commitment to a diversity of viewpoints is remarkably strong, as indicated by the paper’s inclusion of science writer Razib Khan.
How bad is this winter? So bad that the New York Times has an entire editorial entitled "This Winter Has Gotten Old," which includes the phrase, "We are depressed. But as the comic strip "Garfield" once put it..." (This paragraph could also have begun, "How bad is the New York Times editorial board?")
Under the chandeliers of NBC's glittery Rainbow Room, a who's-that of New York society celebrated the newest iteration of the New York Times Magazine (now on better paper stock!) last night. The party appeared to be 1 percent celebrity (Lance Armstrong, Martha Stewart, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem), 8 percent miscellaneous media, and 91 percent advertisers. Maureen Dowd held court near the front of the room, wearing a lacy see-through dress.
The New York Times is shutting down its national race and ethnicity beat, naming reporter Tanzina Vega its first-ever full-time Bronx courthouse reporter. Memo below.