New York Times’ embrace of historically inaccurate 1619 Project is revealing

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The New York Times is being panned over its “championing of the controversial 1619 Project,” this being perhaps the most damning example yet of the newspaper’s hard-left swing.

That’s according to a Fox News report detailing the Times’ “journey from paper of record to home of the 1619 Project.”

Established by Nikole Hannah-Jones, who received a Pulitzer for her efforts, the “1619 Project” claims the U.S. was founded in 1619 on the backs of slaves, rather than in 1776. Hannah-Jones offers a fact-challenged, distorted take on history that’s widely accepted on the left, complimenting the toxic critical race theory premise that systemic racism is rampant in America. Her work contains a number of historical inaccuracies, according to critics.

Hannah-Jones “is outspokenly left-wing and has taken on a sharply defensive posture over any critiques of her work,” Fox News noted, reminding readers of her take on journalism by sharing a quote from last year: “All journalism is activism.”

The article also noted that columnist and opinion editor Bari Weiss resigned from the Times last year, saying in a scathing letter, “[A] new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.”

Weiss charged that Twitter has become the paper’s “ultimate editor,” and that stories are “chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions.”

Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson said the 1619 Project reveals the New York Times “does not care about the truth,” telling Fox News that the paper “hires and promotes its reporters and editors on woke – race and gender – criteria rather than proven reporting excellence.”

“It is the CNN of print journalism, and has done to its reputation what CNN did to its own — ruin it for short term political expediency,” he said, adding that while the Times was always a liberal paper, it has now become “hardcore progressive.”

“It no longer believes in duty to report factual events, and welcomes a free exchange of ideas, but has become a propaganda organ to achieve left-wing agendas by any means necessary,” Hanson said.

Ashley Rindsberg, author of “The Gray Lady Winked,” suggested many long-time readers of the paper have walked away over the clear left-wing bias.

“People have completely lost trust in the Times, and that’s not just people that are more conservative-minded,” he told Fox News. “I know a lot of self-described lifelong New York Times readers who have canceled the subscriptions because they see what is naked activism. They see ideology plastered across the front page of the New York Times. And that is a real shift.”

In reference to the reaction from Times staff to the newspaper publishing an opinion piece by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., calling for military intervention to quell the violent protests following the death of George Floyd, Rindsberg said this resulted in an “ideological death-spiral” as management targets a “younger, more millennial woke audience.”

“The newsroom has kind of understood that it’s got this real power to shape the journalism they’re doing by protesting, by walking out when Tom Cotton has an oped published there,” he said. “And the New York Times management is now chasing their staffers and whatever quickly-evolving ideologies and beliefs they have. So they’re kind of in this ideological death-spiral that is going to be hard to pull out of.”

“We’ve had this traditional notion of the mainstream media serving as the fourth estate,” Rindsberg said.  “And I think with them doing so much activism and being so in the tank for a certain type of ideology and a certain political party that I’m not sure we can make that claim anymore about the media for the most part.”

As for the notion that the New York Times is considered “the paper of record” for America, that’s clearly a thing of the past.


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