The Decline and Fall of the New York Times

July 11, 2011

William McGowan, author of Gray Lady Down

William McGowan, author of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America, spoke to American Rattlesnake about immigration and how it has been covered by the newspaper.

He explained the basic premise of the book, and how the New York Times has betrayed its long journalistic tradition as the paper of record:

01 Gray Lady Down – Introduction

Mr. McGowan discussed how the editorial control of the paper has changed over the years, from Abe Rosenthal “keeping it straight”, to his successors losing control of the newsroom and allowing the paper to drift to the left:

02 Gray Lady Down – Editors

The motivations behind the Times’ coverage of important issues merited special mention.  Mr.  McGowan discounted any liberal conspiracy, but suggested that the paper’s unexamined biases often hurt those it wishes to help, like President Barack Obama:

03 Gray Lady Down – Motivation

The modern mania for “diversity” did not leave the paper untouched.  The Jayson Blair debacle was part of a larger notion of “punitive liberalism”  that brooks no dissent:

04 Gray Lady Down – Diversity

As a matter of history, immigration coverage has been difficult for the paper to get right, harkening back to the Immigration Reform Act of 1965, which set the stage for the last half century of American immigration policy and enforcement.  In the end, the Times treats the issue romantically, not with rigourous policy analysis:

05 Gray Lady Down – 1965 Immigration Reform Act

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4 Responses to The Decline and Fall of the New York Times

  1. Levois on July 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    How did you manage this? And did you yourself record this interview since I see audio files. I haven’t clicked on them yet, but look forward to doing so Mr. Mover & Shaker. 😛

  2. PeaceMarauder on July 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    That’s Mr. Shover and Maker 😛

  3. Dan Maloney on July 21, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Great interview, Gerard.
    It leaves me wanting to hear much more!

  4. G. Perry on July 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Thanks, Dan! I don’t want to promise anything, but we might very well do follow-ups. The actual interview lasted nearly an hour, and there was a lot of non-immigration topics we covered. I’m really pleased with the response we’ve gotten so far.

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