For a while, 7-Up called itself the Uncola, implying that although it might seem to be a cola, it really wasn’t. It was something new and different.
In the same way, the New York Times might seem to be a newspaper. Not so. The New York Times has become something new and different, which might be called Unmedia.
Content-wise, the Times could be a newsletter from Democrat Party Headquarters. But it pretends to be what it used to be, namely, a mechanism for reporting news objectively, engaged in investigative journalism and providing the citizens of a free country the critical information they need to prosper and survive.
In practice, the New York Times seems intent on providing the limited information the Obama Administration wants us to have.
The big story this week was that the FCC proposed putting monitors in newsrooms. No one who believes in freedom of the press would applaud this proposal. The Times didn’t report the FCC story—no surprise.
Other sites protested loudly, and the FCC seems to be backing down.
The New York Times often purveys fluff-journalism. Stories appear crafted to be benign from the viewpoint of the Obama White House. Some major news is completely ignored. Consider these examples:
Did Obama really kill Osama bin Laden? Cynics say that it did not happen; for one thing many experts claim that the terrorist had been dead for several years.
Some analysts think the Aurora Theater massacre in 2012 was rife with inconsistencies and discrepancies. The Times never discussed them.
The New York Times has run articles mentioning Obama’s birth certificate but never explains the fascinating inconsistencies which prompt people to call it a counterfeit.
Visit the Times site and search Sandy Hook hoax or Sandy Hook discrepancies. You will find nothing, even as the story is being challenged with greater intensity.
Then there’s Hollywood producer Bettina Viviano. She gave interviews in 2011 where she explained that in 2008, the Obama campaign broke every campaign law so Obama could steal the nomination from Hillary. You will not find Viviano’s historical insights in the New York Times.
Finally, there was the mysterious crash of the Vietnam era helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 30 of our most valuable soldiers. The military never puts a large number of SEALs in one place, certainly not in a big, slow target like the Chinook. If such a plane was shot down, there would be a black box. But it’s been lost, which never happens. All the dead soldiers were cremated without the parents’ permission, which is just not done. (Congress to investigate; this story reported in Virginian-Pilot, Feb. 21, but not at all in Times.)
When it comes to Obama, the New York Times sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil. That is what makes this paper Unmedia.
The FCC wants to investigate whether media are providing CIN—critically important news. Often, they are not. For one striking example, look at the Times.
For a democracy, the critically important thing is that the public knows the truth. What really happened? What are the facts? The Times should return to the truth business.
(Media not reporting facts. Public schools not teaching facts. This pattern is too common in all aspects of American life.)