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Journalistic Fraud: How The New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 14, 2003
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About the Author
Bob Kohn is an attorney and seasoned executive with experience in both the entertainment and high-tech industries. He is currently the vice chairman of the board of Borland Software Corp. and chairman of Laugh.com, a comedy record label. A former associate attorney at a prominent Beverly Hills entertainment law firm, Kohn served as associate editor of the Entertainment Law Reporter. Kohn also co-authored with his father the legal treatise, Kohn on Music Licensing, hailed by USA Today as the "bible of legal issues in the music world." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"Liberals" in these reviews who reject the book out of hand have therefore missed what I believe is the larger value of the work.
Readers like me who reject both L and C labels, and are generally disgusted by the level of demonization by both "sides" will find this book an invaluable prerequisite to reading any newspaper. I do not wish that the political ideals that I hold dear be promoted by what amount to smear campaigns disguised as news. And I expect that such tactics will be self defeating in the end. The evidence presented here is overwhelming that for the New York Times "the ends justify the means".
Mr. Kohn takes the basic tenets of journalism - who, what, when, where, why and how -- and applies them to specific and numerous examples of headlines and articles from the Times. In many cases, even without his narrative, it is obvious that these basic principles were ignored. Indeed, he helps the argument along further by imbuing this omissions with sinister motivations. One could initially write this off as the whinings of a right-wing conspiracy, but there are really too many examples, with too much impartial evidentiary support, to trivialize the author's possible agenda.
In a best case scenario, if the NYT did indeed commit accidental errors in its practice of journalism, that in itself calls to question the quality of the "nation's newspaper".
As a conservative, I was less angry than saddened that such an eggregious and overwhelming abuse of power has been practiced for the last generation.
While I've known about the bias for years, and don't even watch network news anymore - I was fascinated by the subtlety with which the Times practices its craft. They understand the inertia of human nature, and exploit the fact that most people just don't have the time to dissect every news story they are exposed to each day. Imagine the sheer effort it takes each to day to twist the news so that it reflects a political or ideological agenda, but do it so well that few people are aware of it.