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Gray lady down : what the decline and fall of the New York times means for America

by McGowan, William, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN4899.N42 M35 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN4899.N42 M35 2010
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 071.471 MCG
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  071.471 MCG
The New York Times was once considered the gold standard in American journalism and the most trusted news organization in America. Today, it is generally understood to be a vehicle for politically correct ideologies, tattered liberal pieties, and a repeated victim of journalistic scandal and institutional embarrassment.

In Gray Lady Down, the hard-hitting follow up to Coloring the News, William McGowan asks who is responsible for squandering the finest legacy in American journalism. Combining original reporting, critical assessment and analysis, McGowan exposes the Times' obsessions with diversity, "soft" pop cultural news, and countercultural Vietnam-era attitudinizing, and reveals how these trends have set America's most important news icon at odds with its journalistic mission--and with the values and perspectives of much of mainstream America.

Gray Lady Down considers the consequences--for the Times, for the media, and, most important, for American society and its political processes at this fraught moment in our nation's history. In this highly volatile media environment, the fate of the Times may portend the future of the fourth estate.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "McGowan (Coloring the News), a former New York Times contributor, delves deeply into the philosophy behind the New York Times' news coverage to assess the conceptual decline of the Times as a legitimate source of news. Despite the ideological bent of the author (he's an unapologetic conservative), it's clear that McGowan isn't simply "reaching" to support his sensibilities; he provides examples of journalistic omission, failure to fact-check, and ample evidence of a left-leaning agenda. However, it's no secret that the Times is left leaning, nor that it has changed drastically to accommodate these pluralistic, post-modern times. McGowan presents nuanced, but serious, accusations: for example, bizarre and enthusiastic human interest stories and the hiring of reporters who formerly were op-ed writers. Indeed, the suggestion that the Times tends to cover liberal-leaning books en masse while ignoring bestsellers such as Rush Limbaugh's The Way Things Ought To Be for over a year after it first appeared on the NYT bestseller list, as well as offering certain important books to ideologically-matching reviewers, is accurate, as is the fact that equal time and energy/enthusiasm wasn't given to Obama and McCain. Carefully chosen case studies paint a not-so-rosy picture of journalistic integrity at the Gray Lady, and are sure to incite readers, no matter what their political philosophy. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects New York times.
Press and politics -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Journalism -- Objectivity -- United States.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Encounter Books,2010
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781594034862 (hbk. : alk. paper)
1594034869 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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