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Tom Watson @tomwatson
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The one clear conclusion in the fallout from the Chozick book? There has been no reckoning at the #NewYorkTimes. No newsroom autopsy. No blue ribbon commission. No inquiry from the publisher, as in Blair and WMD. Until that happens, it's all bizarre anti-journalistic reaction.
And as I've argued before, when you have reporters on Twitter essentially filling in as the voices of the institution? That's a recipe for pure disaster. First off, they're Godawful at it. Just terrible. Secondly, it's unfair. Why don't the publishers stand up and defend the NYT?
Today, you have the opinion page editors trying to "steer" the direction of the Chozick fallout with three anti-Clinton letters. So clumsy and obvious! When the defense of a *damned newspaper* is "the candidate was really to blame" then journalism has failed completely. #NYT
And when that newspaper is the New York Times, well...you can see how the threat to democracy developed in this country. Think about it, folks. That's Eighth Avenue cherrypicking three letters to basically prove the argument Trump makes daily: "Hillary to blame."
The saddest part to me as a longtime reader and former contributor is the sense that the NYT is no longer on our side - that it's abandoned readers, and its heralded place in democracy. Just so troubling.
This is just another embarrassment for the NYT. What are they thinking?
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