Former NY Times editor rips Trump coverage as biased

Former NY Times editor rips Trump coverage as biased

Howard Kurtz

By Howard Kurtz | Fox News

Former New York Times editor slams publication as being unmistakably anti-Trump, younger employees throw out standards

Host of ‘Mediabuzz’ Howard Kurtz says the New York Times’s credibility has been hurt.

A former executive editor of the New York Times says the paper’s news pages, the home of its straight-news coverage, have become “unmistakably anti-Trump.”

Jill Abramson, the veteran journalist who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, says the Times has a financial incentive to bash the president and that the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility.

In a soon-to-be published book, “Merchants of Truth,” that casts a skeptical eye on the news business, Abramson defends the Times in some ways but offers some harsh words for her successor, Dean Baquet. And Abramson, who was the paper’s only female executive editor until her firing, invoked Steve Bannon’s slam that in the Trump era the mainstream media have become the “opposition party.”

“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson writes, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post. . . .

. . . The Times has long faced accusations of liberal bias, even before Trump got into politics and became its harshest critic. But Abramson’s words carry special weight because she is also a former Times Washington bureau chief and Wall Street Journal correspondent specializing in investigative reporting. . . .

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It seems the NYT switched from hiring journalists to PR majors.

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Papers print what their audience wants to read. The vast majority of papers are on life support and worry more about the bottom line than objective news coverage.

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