What's happening at The New York Times? The paper of record is under fire. Critics argue it has sacrificed journalistic and intellectual balance in favor of correcting historic inequalities. In the process, they say, that effort has stifled dissent and promoted social justice above all else. Not so, say its defenders. The paper has indeed evolved, they argue. Yet that evolution has been proven a particular strength in such tumultuous times. Subscriptions are up, while both casting a critically important lens on historically disenfranchised groups and maintaining its core commitment to high editorial standards and a wide breadth of reporting. So here's the debate: "Has the New York Times Lost Its Way?"
- The New York Times has sacrificed its objectivity in favor of supporting social justice goals.
- The Times, like much of mainstream media, has created an environment that stifles dissenting opinions.
- While it should be a balanced publication, digital media has pushed the Times into a more lucrative model, catering to an increasingly liberal base of readers.
- The New York Times' core mission and commitment to excellence in journalism has not changed.
- The NYT's breadth and depth of reporting come from all corners of the world, while its examination of historically disenfranchised groups is long overdue.
- The Times has begun offering new content in new formats. And it's working, as evidenced by its soaring subscription base.