Effective immediately, letâ€™s all agree to ignore the New York Times
. Simply stated, it is unrealistic to expect that we can influence the Times
to write without bias—or even responsibly— about immigration.
Look for example at its two most recent Sunday and Monday editorials, The Nativists Are Restless
and The Nativists Are Restless, continued
analyzed by Patrick Cleburne
and James Fulford
After reading those columns plus my twenty years of experience reviewing other Times
stories for some semblance of fairness and balance, I cannot come to any other conclusion except than itâ€™s time to move on.
Consider that several Internet blogs do nothing but legitimately criticize the Times
for its shoddy journalism. The leading one is TimesWatch, which also took the Times to task
for its "restless nativists"
One of the most popular and widely read bloggers, Mickey Kaus at Slate routinely dissects the Times
for its shallowness.
At least four full-length books have been published about the agenda driven Times: The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times, Behind the Times
, The Kingdom and the Power
,Â and The Gospel According to the New York Times
Other books like Coloring the News
have devoted chapters to biased Times reporting.Coloring the News
, and The Kingdom and the Power
(written by Gay Talese) were, national and—of all things—New York Times best sellers. Coloring The News
did it without ever being reviewed
by the Times itself
Net result of all the negative publicity: the Times
The greater the successes of the patriotic immigration reform movement, the more outrageous the Times
â€™s immigration coverage.
` reporters all facing the possibility of being laid-off, I doubt any would have the courage—given what they know about the editorial boardâ€™s leanings—to write a decent story about immigration. But if they did, certainly the editors would kill it.
If you were to ask me which I think would happen first, the Times
reporting fairly about immigration or declaring bankruptcy and ceasing publication, I would bet on the latter.