NYT Editor: 'I Actually Don’t Think' We 'Reflect a Liberal Point of View'

As NewsBusters previously reported, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan admitted Sunday that her paper has a liberal bias.

In an interview with the New Republic Tuesday, editor Jill Abramson disagreed saying, "I actually don’t think it does":

MICHAEL KINSLEY, NEW REPUBLIC: Well, Jill, leaving you out of it, would you say someone from Mars coming to read The New York Times for a month would recognize any ideological preference?

JILL ABRAMSON, NEW YORK TIMES: Well, on the editorial and opinion pages they would.

MK: No, no, on the news pages.

JA: Um, I think that they would recognize a sort of cosmopolitan outlook that reflects that, even as we become international, we’re a New York–based news institution. I can see how the intensity of coverage on certain issues may to some people seem to reflect a liberal point of view. But I actually don’t think it does. And I’ve been a very close New York Times reader going back to when I began to read, and I don’t see it as profoundly different now. I think a lot about something: Abe Rosenthal was once asked what he wanted on his headstone, and he said he wanted it just to say, “He kept the paper straight.” And I think about that a lot. You can verify that in news meetings I sometimes say, “This is skewed too far to the left,” or “The mix of stories seems overweeningly appealing to a reader with a certain set of sensibilities and it shouldn’t.”

MK: Well, I’ll say what it looks like to me as a reader. I would say that The New York Times has a sort of Upper-West-Side sensibility, and the politics that go with it, which is fine with me. I also think that has become somewhat more true in the past year and half or so. And you think that’s just wrong.

JA: No, I can’t—it’s your perception, so I can’t say it’s wrong.

MK: Well, sure you can.

JA: OK.


Honestly, you really do have to be from Mars to not know the Times has a liberal bias.

Although the book claimed men are from Mars, so Abramson must therefore be from Venus.

(HT Mediaite)

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.