Although this piece by the public editor of the Times, Liz Spayd, was written in the summer of 2016, I just came across it. It’s worth reading, because it constitutes a small admission by the Times that it’s been getting flak from people who describe themselves as moderate politically (and even some liberals) who are complaining about the left-wing bias of the paper:
I have been here less than a month, but already I’ve discovered something that surely must be bad for business if your business is running The New York Times. It comes via the inbox to the public editor, from people like Gary Taustine of Manhattan, who writes: “The NY Times is alienating its independent and open-minded readers, and in doing so, limiting the reach of their message and its possible influence.”
One reader from California who asked not to be named believes Times reporters and editors are trying to sway public opinion toward their own beliefs. “I never thought I’d see the day when I, as a liberal, would start getting so frustrated with the one-sided reporting that I would start hopping over to the Fox News webpage to read an article and get the rest of the story that the NYT refused to publish,” she says.
And here’s an interview between Tucker Carlson and Spayd not long after the election. I found it quite fascinating. Spayd seems like an earnest, well-meaning, competent journalist of a more old-fashioned sort. It’s not that she’s not making some excuses for the Times’ bias (she is). But she’s making a lot fewer than I would have expected: