The New York Times is suddenly concerned about appearing politically neutral for some reason. They have told their reporters they can no longer appear on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC.
CNN’s Don Lemon is also out of bounds.
The Daily Caller reports:
‘LIBERAL-MEDIA WAR’: NYT BANS REPORTERS FROM MADDOW, O’DONNELL, LEMON FOR PARTISANSHIP
The New York Times has banned its reporters from a number of TV shows deemed too partisan, including those hosted by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, and CNN’s Don Lemon.
MSNBC is upset about the new policy, unnamed sources told Vanity Fair, which was discovered after a New York Times reporter cancelled a scheduled appearance on Maddow’s show. Her producer was informed that New York Times reporters are asked not to appear on partisan shows to discuss politics.
The ban reportedly extends to O’Donnell and Lemon, as well as Fox news hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity (where they were unlikely to appear anyways).
Vanity Fair’s headline on the report asks, “Is This A Liberal-Media War?”
TheNYT pointed Vanity Fair to an existing policy in the newsroom’s ethics handbook that says reporters should “avoid strident, theatrical forums that emphasize punditry and reckless opinion-mongering.” NYT reporters have appeared on Maddow’s show for years, but leadership at TheNYT reportedly thinks some of these shows have gone off the rails in recent months.
Some conservatives are noting the hilarious irony of all this.
FOX News reports:
New York Times needs to ‘look in the mirror’ if it thinks MSNBC, CNN are too partisan, critics say
Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor mocked the situation, essentially labeling the Times as hypocrites in the process.
“This isn’t a news story, it’s a sitcom plot. The nation’s most liberal paper is suddenly concerned that the wacky network filled on air with its employees might be too far left,” Gainor told Fox News. “The Times is liberal on the opinion and news pages on every major issue facing the nation — from abortion to taxes. Yet, MSNBC is even further left? Does anyone at The Times read their own paper?”
Conservative strategist Chris Barron echoed Gainor’s reaction to the Vanity Fair story.
“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this story,” Barron told Fox news. “Has anyone from the New York Times actually read the New York Times? If they want to avoid the appearance of overt partisanship they might try taking a look in the mirror first.”
All valid points.
The New York Times isn’t exactly the picture of political balance in media.