NY Times Issues Half-Apology to Readers: We Blew It, Will Try to Act Like Journalists From Now On

"We aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism."

The New York Times will be hurting for dollars (more than it already has been) after realizing just how irrelevant it has become. No matter how the outlet tried to warp public opinion through its biased reporting, one-sided coverage, and repeated lies, it was for naught. It may have moved the needle, but it did not help elect Hillary Clinton. 

Now, between Clinton's loss and Wikileaks having lifted the veneer off mainstream media's collusion with the Democratic Machine, the Times is scrambling.

In a letter this weekend Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and Executive Editor Dean Baquet (the man who said he'd unlawfully publish Trump's tax returns if he got a hold of them) issued a half-apology to their readers for "underestimating" Trump and his supporters.

Of course they would not admit to their collective dereliction of duty, but the second-to-last paragraph of the letter is quite revealing. In fact, the Times publisher admits to his outlet's lack of honest reporting standards because he specifically says the Times will now "rededicate" itself to "reporting on America and the world honestly." 

The letter reads in full: 

When the biggest political story of the year reached a dramatic and unexpected climax late Tuesday night, our newsroom turned on a dime and did what it has done for nearly two years — cover the 2016 election with agility and creativity.

After such an erratic and unpredictable election there are inevitable questions: Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office?

As we reflect on the momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.

We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our readers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.


Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher

Dean Baquet, executive editor

It goes without saying that you don't need to rededicate yourself to something if you already subscribe to it.