The Media Mirror Has Two Faces

People line up for taxis across the street from the New York Times headquarters in 2013. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
The media’s onanistic Mirror Awards give us a glimpse into what really motivates them.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T wo recent pieces in Vox and the New York Times say outright what many of us have long understood is an implicit belief among our elite media: that the media are motivated — and should be motivated — by ideology, not objectivity.

Of course, the ethics guidelines and mission statements of leading outlets have yet to acknowledge this reality, and many still read like paeans to the old gods.

“Our fundamental purpose,” the New York Times cautions its reporters, “is to protect the impartiality and neutrality [of our] reporting.” The Washington Post insists on strict “fairness” and that it “shall not be

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