Gray Lady Down
What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America
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The New York Times was once considered the gold standard in American journalism and the most trusted news organization in America. Today, it is generally understood to be a vehicle for politically correct ideologies, tattered liberal pieties, and a repeated victim of journalistic scandal and institutional embarrassment.
In Gray Lady Down, the hard-hitting follow up to Coloring the News, William McGowan asks who is responsible for squandering the finest legacy in American journalism. Combining original reporting, critical assessment and analysis, McGowan exposes the Times’ obsessions with diversity, soft” pop cultural news, and countercultural Vietnam-era attitudinizing, and reveals how these trends have set America’s most important news icon at odds with its journalistic missionand with the values and perspectives of much of mainstream America.
Gray Lady Down considers the consequencesfor the Times, for the media, and, most important, for American society and its political processes at this fraught moment in our nation’s history. In this highly volatile media environment, the fate of the Times may portend the future of the fourth estate.
From Publishers Weekly
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I've been reading the NYT every day for 35 years, and this excellent book not only helped me understand how and why the newspaper became so highly partisan, but also provided unique insight into some of our era's most important events. I loved the section about how the NYT started downplaying the significance of 9/11 within a few years of the event. It's understandable, I suppose, that the paper has ignored "Gray Lady Down," but I certainly hope A.G reads it.