It should come as little surprise that the rag that claims “All the news that’s fit to (mis) print” has lost its once great glory and has now become a laughing stock to most Americans. Since the majority of Americans believe the media is biased, it makes sense that the shadow of suspicion should fall on the New York Times since they often set the agenda for a lazy media. While the influence of the Times is falling faster than their circulation, they can still make a splash that ripples through out the “news world.”
They did so this week, though not the type they’d hoped.
When the Timesran a long-spiked story on Senator McCain that contained more un-sourced quotes and attributions than a Jayson Blair column on page 1, to say they jumped the shark would be an understatement, they jumped it, dried off, went home and were in bed already.
The truth about this disgrace is that the Times wasn’t going to run the story because there was no “there” there. But the left-wing rag The New Republic (former home to Stephen Glass and Scott Thomas Beauchamp) was going to run a story about how the Times wasn’t running the story, so the Times felt pressure to actually run it. They did, it bombed.
You know a “news” story has trouble when there are more reporters and contributors (6) than sources (2), yet the story was page 1, above the fold.
As the “paper of record” continues to lay people off from their “news” room, time may prove those people to be the lucky ones.
It is for all these reason (and many more, because they have a rich history) that the New York Timesis this week’s winner of Douchebag of the Week.