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The New York Times open letter to its readers on Trump's victory

Saturday, November 12th 2016 - 12:17 UTC
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 “You can rely on The NYT to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team”. “You can rely on The NYT to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team”.

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.

Sincerely, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., Publisher

Dean Baquet, Executive Editor

 

Categories: Politics, United States.

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  • Marti Llazo

    NYT: “ Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters?”

    Probably the real reasons could be found in the NYT's inimitable degree of self-delusion, in its habitual deliberate ignorance of the true nature of a substantial portion of the country, its own abhorrent arrogance and egregious elitism, and its narcissistic but failed attempts to create an expansive electorate in its own image.

    Nov 12th, 2016 - 03:04 pm +2
  • ChrisR

    Ever since coming to Uruguay (66 months ago) I had a link to the NYT but got heartily sick of the biased 'reporting' and editorial pieces during the run-up to the election so I deleted the link.

    I hope the existing subscribers realise they were continually lied to about Clinton and cancel their subscription.

    I had for many, many years, too long to remember when I started it, a subscription to The Daily Telegraph.

    My automatic renewal came three days before an unannounced major rethink of how the paper was to be 'relaunched': gone were comments from ALL reported articles. Gone also any chance to contact somebody breathing about the 'meedja' face it now had that was clearly aimed at adolescent numbnuts.

    So I cancelled that but they kept locking me out of subscriber articles, despite assuring me that I would still have access until the end of my present subscription and it took several days for them to agree they were at fault and restore my access.

    These publications do not deserve to be in business and the way TDT is going with the circulation in free-fall it won't be long.

    Nov 12th, 2016 - 07:59 pm +1
  • chronic

    Sure.

    Nov 12th, 2016 - 12:47 pm 0
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