There are few sources of news as equally noteworthy and notorious as The New York Times. Since 1851 The Times has kept up with, well, the times in a painstakingly efficient manner. Everything from declarations and cessations of war, to men walking across the moon, to on-the-ground covering of the Ebola crisis that struck Africa some years ago. Basking in admiration, notoriety, and an impressive amount of awards, The New York Times is the example against which all other news and newspapers are measured. However, this is only a sample of why I have chosen to follow The Times this semester.
As media becomes more and more of a hot topic in the coming years, it is important now more than ever to be aware of bias in all forms. It is no secret that New York is a blue bastion, flanked by her scarlet neighbors to the south and west, and try as The Times may to be an international news source, they are still rooted in New York. It’s not hard to see the bias in her writings nowadays, regardless of intention or severity. It is equally easy to justify such biases, in that The Times may wield its incredible power as a source of cultural change to affect real world problems. By showing the extremes of situations, The Times effectively utilizes fear of absolute dread to stir those normally unmoved to action. It’s no secret the media as an entity has come under fire recently, as sources on both sides fall victim to their own prejudices in very public ways, but in this way it is imperative, now more than ever, to monitor a titan in the field to see how she may evolve in a hostile state.
That, and I’m a broke student and full access is only thirty dollars a year. Hooray for ramen.
A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself. – Arthur Miller