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The New York Times as Binky

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I've always sensed that there was something special about people who read the NYT, other than the fact that they consider themselves to be well-educated and serious about the responsibilities of citizenship. But today, glancing at the couple next to me in my favorite neighborhood restaurant, each scrutinizing his half of "The Times" over one of those leisurely week-end breakfasts that seem to have been designed to accompany the reading of the newspaper of reference, identical images contemplated over decades, whenever I was living in the United States, suddenly reappeared accompanied with a subtext: "The information herein comes with a guarantee of credibility, hence by reading this newspaper, I am perfectly informed about all that matters in the world, and can enjoy my Saturday or Sunday coffee knowing that my country has matters in hand."[tag]

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When newscasts tell otherwise: marshall law in Thailand, Boko Haram readying 280 Nigerian schoolgirls for forced marriage, Ukrainians preparing to vote for a new president - or not - under the guns of thugs avenging the defeat of the Third Reich, two killed in Brussels' Jewish museum shooting, unprecedented floods in the former Yugoslavia as Europe's national socialist parties prepare to condemn the welfare state in European Union elections tomorrow, protesters around the world vowing death to Monsanto while demanding living wages to serve in MacDonald's, etc. etc., the image of America's well-meaning "liberals" eyes glued to "The Times" as they reach for their coffee has never seemed so ludicrous.

Born in Philadelphia, I spent most of my adolescent and adult years in Europe. I began my journalistic career at the French News Agency in Rome, spent two years in Cuba finding out whether the Barbados were Communists before they made the (more...)

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Yes and just the other day I was told: "... the re... by Mark A. Goldman on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 9:57:02 AM
Can't figure out if you are for or against the NYT... by Deena Stryker on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 10:14:58 AM
I'm with you Deena. Just expressing a mood that I... by Mark A. Goldman on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 1:32:38 PM
I've been trying to do that for years, living in a... by Deena Stryker on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4:34:26 PM
I've been saying that for years, Deena. Here in P... by Tom Madison on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 10:51:54 AM
The censoring is not my idea! ... by Deena Stryker on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4:35:09 PM
Recently the executive editor of NYT, Jill Somebod... by Paul Easton on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 11:10:57 AM
Why be satisfied with 'a fair amount of truth'? ... by Deena Stryker on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:19:08 PM
It reaches people who would not see it otherwise. ... by Paul Easton on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 5:13:20 PM
Truth is jarring, so the NYT delivers "comfort new... by Derryl Hermanutz on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4:33:07 PM
You got it just right! ... by Deena Stryker on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4:35:58 PM