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The Broken Record

The Broken Record

The New York Times was once a pleasure for me, about two hours on a Sunday afternoon. Today, it’s about 30-45 minutes, mainly because of the book review and arts sections. I don’t mind a newspaper taking an editorial position, but when it bleeds into every news story it becomes, well, boring and predictable. I remember when the loudmouth talk show guy Chris Matthews simply said, “It’s my job to get Barack Obama elected.” Okay, no sense listening to him after that for anything resembling objectivity.

Editors have been fired, reassigned, and resigned because they wrote or published articles that weren’t simply the Times position. Other views are simply no welcome. The letters to the editor sound like a college cheering section.

I’m an independent. I voted for Clinton in an extremely noxious election. I’m also kind of intelligent, and I resent any publication or “journalist” simply espousing one view with no passing reference to objectivity.

So far, the excellent Times puzzles have been unaffected, but that’s only a matter of time.

“All the news that (WE SEE) fit to print.” That’s not a “paper of record.” That’s a broken record.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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