During the campaign season, the one media company that was dead set on bringing down Donald Trump was the New York Times. Earlier this year they published a scathing article about Donald Trump and his poor treatment of women. The hit piece turned out to be mostly fabricated.
The New York Times went out of its way to prop up Hillary Clinton by means of overlooking her email scandal and denouncing the legitimacy of Trump’s appeal to the American people. Now that Trump won the election, the pro-Clinton paper is now paying a dear price. The New York Time’s earnings are dropping faster than a rock tossed into a pond, and the readership is dwindling by the day.
In an attempt to salvage what is left of an ailing organization, the newspaper’s editor published an open letter to its readers. The letter fails to recognize their unfair treatment of Trump, and it spews its own arrogance in trying to sell the idea that they covered both candidates fairly. Here is the letter:
To our readers,
When the biggest political story of the year reached a dramatic and unexpected climax late Tuesday night, our newsroom turned on a dime and did what it has done for nearly two years — cover the 2016 election with agility and creativity.
After such an erratic and unpredictable election there are inevitable questions: Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office?
As we reflect on this week’s momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.
We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our subscribers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.
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