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New York Times company president AG Sulzberger defended the paper, saying it was doing a good job representing a diverse set of viewpoints after he was asked why the company’s goals n did not include diversity of viewpoints.
On Wednesday, Ethan Peck of the Free Enterprise Project (FEP) posed a question to Sulzberger at the New York Times shareholder meeting. Peck’s question was about the political biases associated with the organization.
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“The New York Times goes out of its way to champion ‘diversity and inclusion’. Yet it only values ’diversity’ in surface characteristics such as skin color, instead of the diversity that counts the plus: the diversity of viewpoints. Even centrist liberals such as Bari Weiss found themselves firmly outside the paper’s hard-left ideological hegemony,” Peck said. wrote.
“Will The Times now commit to hiring writers and editors of all political persuasions, or at least be outspoken in rebranding itself as the exclusively far-left publication that it is?” Peck asked Sulzberger.
“I must first say that I strongly disagree with your premise. Our newsroom reports independently. And covering the world without fear or favor remains the north star of the newsroom. And on the side of the opinion, there is not, there is simply no other major media institution – digital, print or broadcast – that commits more resources to understanding multiple viewpoints, and characterizing and fairly representing multiple points of view, on the most important issues of our time,” Sulzberger replied.
He also added, “This kind of independent journalism is especially important at a time when the country is so polarized and so much political debate is being conducted in bad faith. One of the most important things we can do as he independent news agency is to help a A diverse and divided country understand each other, so fairly representing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences is and will remain a core part of our mission.
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After the meeting, Peck criticized the response and The New York Times as a whole.
“At least they are constant liars. The only sincere thing about his answer is that it was just as fraudulent as the newspaper itself. A free country and a free press means that radical left-wing publications like the New York Times are entitled to their views,” Peck said.
“The problem is that The Times sees itself as the ministry of truth and makes an intentional effort to hide behind a veil of neutrality and objectivity. All we have asked of the board is to to be transparent about his obvious biases with shareholders paying their checks. Obviously, that was too much to ask of them,” he concluded.
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