NYT Publisher Promises to ‘Rededicate’ Paper to Fair Reporting After Trump’s Election Win
The paper was one of many media outlets that did not expect the firebrand Republican candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton and become President-Elect. While he partially defended the paper’s campaign coverage, Sulzberger said that the outlet clearly underestimated Trump’s appeal, and that they would reflect on where they went wrong to do better in the future.
“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 of favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you.”
Letter to NYT readers from Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Dean Baquet pic.twitter.com/jORqzx3BA9
— Sydney Ember (@melbournecoal) November 11, 2016
The paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, made a similar concession recently, admitting that “New York is not the real world” and that the paper failed to gauge Trump’s uprising across the country.
New York Post columnist and former Times writer Michael Goodwin, stated that the reason the paper miscalculated so badly is because they were too busy being critical and unfair with Trump to notice his appeal. Goodwin also said that the Times broke it’s own rules and embraced “sloppy journalism” because they thought it was the only way to cover Trump’s controversial effect on the country.
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