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Thu May 30, 2019, 08:47 PM

NY Times Reportedly Steering Writers Away From Maddow and Other Cable Shows it Deems Too Partisan

From Mediaite:

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/ny-times-reportedly-steering-writers-away-from-maddow-and-other-cable-shows-it-deems-too-partisan/


The New York Times is warning off editors and reporters from appearing on primetime MSNBC and CNN shows hosted by anchors like Rachel Maddow and Don Lemon for fear of appearing partisan, according to a new report.

Sources tell Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo that managers at the newspaper have been steering journalists away from appearing on certain cable news programs with a renewed vigor.

Alongside Maddow and Lemon, Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on MSNBC is also apparently a no-go, as are Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson’s programs — though Times reporters were typically never seen on those shows anyway.

Reached for comment by Vanity Fair, a Times spokeswoman pointed to the section of the newspaper’s “Ethical Journalism” handbook that covers broadcast media appearances:

“In deciding whether to make a radio, television or Internet appearance, a staff member should consider its probable tone and content to make sure they are consistent with Times standards. Staff members should avoid strident, theatrical forums that emphasize punditry and reckless opinion-mongering.”


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More from the Vanity Fair article Mediaite is summarizing:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/05/the-times-gives-maddow-the-cold-shoulder


On Sunday, May 19, New York Times finance editor David Enrich got a request from a producer at MSNBC to appear on Rachel Maddow’s show the following night. Enrich had a red-hot front-page story for Monday’s paper, about anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank flagging suspicious transactions involving Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, and Maddow wanted to bring him on air to talk about it.

Maddow is MSNBC’s ratings queen, jostling with Sean Hannity every night for the crown of most-watched time slot in cable news. That’s why reporters tend to relish the exposure they get from doing her show. Enrich said yes, but after mentioning the planned appearance to the Times’s communications department, he was told he would have to retroactively decline. The reason? The Times was wary of how viewers might perceive a down-the-middle journalist like Enrich talking politics with a mega-ideological host like Maddow. The producer, who was informed that the Times asks members of the newsroom not to appear on opinionated shows to discuss political subjects, was miffed about the cancellation, sources said. Enrich declined to comment. An MSNBC spokesman said, “For over a decade, The Rachel Maddow Show has welcomed the best journalists from across the country and celebrated the hard work they do, day-in and day-out. This includes countless New York Times reporters and editors. That commitment to journalism is part of the DNA of the show.”

It’s not just Maddow. The Times has come to “prefer,” as sources put it, that its reporters steer clear of any cable-news shows that the masthead perceives as too partisan, and managers have lately been advising people not to go on what they see as highly opinionated programs. It's not clear how many shows fall under that umbrella in the eyes of Times brass, but two others that definitely do are Lawrence O’Donnell’s and Don Lemon’s, according to people familiar with management’s thinking. Hannity’s or Tucker Carlson’s shows would likewise make the cut, but it's not like Times reporters ever do those anyway. I’m told that over the past couple of months, executive editor Dean Baquet has felt that opinionated cable-news show are getting, well, even more opinionated. Baquet and other managers have become increasingly concerned that if a Times reporter were to go on one of these shows, his or her appearance could be perceived as being aligned with that show’s political leanings. “He thinks it’s a real issue,” one of my Times sources said. “Their view,” said another, “is that, intentionally or not, it affiliates the Times reporter with a bias.”

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A highly placed source at one of the cable networks said he found the Times’s guidelines to be “inconsistent, incoherent, and poorly conceived.” He also pointed out, “At the moment that Donald Trump became president, and print media was coincidentally in crisis mode from a business perspective, a significant contributor to the success of publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post was the exposure that their great work got on networks like MSNBC and CNN. They are the beneficiaries of some very positive exposure for their journalists.”



The NY Times had no problem with Rudy Giuliani feeding smears against the Bidens to their reporters to get easily debunked RW conspiracy theories moved over to the Times, lending that nonsense credibility.

But they think being associated with Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell and Don Lemon will discredit them?

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Reply NY Times Reportedly Steering Writers Away From Maddow and Other Cable Shows it Deems Too Partisan (Original post)
highplainsdem May 30 OP
no_hypocrisy May 30 #1
hlthe2b May 30 #3
JI7 May 30 #2
Wellstone ruled May 30 #4
BeyondGeography May 30 #5
madaboutharry May 30 #6
Volaris May 30 #7
TeamPooka May 30 #8
NoMoreRepugs May 30 #9
50 Shades Of Blue May 30 #10
C_U_L8R May 30 #11
DeminPennswoods May 30 #12
davekriss May 30 #13
llmart May 30 #14
onecaliberal May 30 #15
pecosbob May 31 #16
Tactical Progressive May 31 #17
DeminPennswoods May 31 #18
Kid Berwyn Jun 1 #21
ProudLib72 May 31 #19
Kid Berwyn May 31 #20

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 08:50 PM

1. Fine. More time for writers like Michael Tomasky, Joe Conasen, Gene Lyons, and McKay Cobbins.

And David Corn.

New York Times just gave up some good free advertising for the paper.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Thu May 30, 2019, 08:52 PM

3. WAPO gets as many scoops lately anyway and are more reliably reported.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 08:52 PM

2. both sides bullshit again.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 08:52 PM

4. The Grey Lady has become

a Corporate Do Nothing. Wow,Ponzi Don will give them a lot of love from now on.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 08:54 PM

5. Target the vanishing center

Brilliant.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 08:56 PM

6. I think Mr. Baquet is misguided.

Rachel Maddow conducts serious interviews with reporters.

Going on a cable show to discuss a news story you wrote means you think like the host? I think that is a stupid theory.

The Washington Post is a better paper.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:00 PM

7. For corporate news, facts are opinions now.

At least they're trying to split the difference, ...but again...creates a form of false equivalency that 'real journalism' can I'll afford right now...profit or not.

Just my 2 cents...ymmv.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:02 PM

8. All the false equivalence that's fit to print.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:05 PM

9. False equivalency at its finest.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:13 PM

10. Kinda sorry I stopped subscribing months ago so I can't do it again!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:23 PM

11. Here's a better criteria for the Times

Instead of left or right, choose your media by truthful or untruthful.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:34 PM

12. Does this mean Michael Schmidt will stop

appearing on Deadline WH? Wallace is more apoplectic about Trump and the GOP than Maddow or O'Donnell. Or maybe the rule doesn't apply if the host is your girlfriend.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:34 PM

13. I will unsubscribe

I’ll just take my subscription dollars elsewhere.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 09:38 PM

14. Seems like a stupid move to me.

Which readers are they afraid of losing? Someone needs to tell them that trump supporters don't read anything, especially not the NY Times.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:09 PM

15. The lies and misinformation they print discredits them.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 12:12 AM

16. So, this leads to the question has the NYT has banned it's employees from appearing on FOX

for "fear of appearing partisan"?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 03:23 PM

17. Wow, Donald Trump is right

It really is the failing New York Times.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 03:51 PM

18. NYT is starting a new weekly cable show on FX

It will feature their stories and journalists. I suspect this is the real reason they don't want their reporters on the cable news/politics channels. The premier is this Sunday, 6/2

Link:https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-weekly?gclid=CNuWkrDFxuICFcLmswod1SMLvQ&gclsrc=ds

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #18)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 12:23 AM

21. Rupert Murdoch bought off the Sulzbergers.

Now it makes sense, giving up all that free national advertising NYT was getting 24/7. Most newspapers today aren’t so lucky.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 03:58 PM

19. Cough, cough, Maggie Haberman, cough, cough

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:04 PM

20. NYT serve wealth and power.


The antidote, a magazine to correct the paper of record:

https://archive.org/details/LiesOfOurTimesCollection

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