The product the New York Times is pushing just got a lot more potent. Long plagued by writers and editors who diluted the Grey Lady’s package with their heterodox perspectives and values of free speech and open debate, the new product boasts, “Now featuring 40% more woke orthodoxy!”
News that unscrupulous dealers like James Bennet and Bari Weiss were stepping on the NYT’s righteous product caused other newsroom soldiers to demand the pair get got. Their departure clears the way for greater dopamine inducing stories. If The Times is only doing 4000 op-eds arguing that Donald Trump is a unique existential threat to the country and the world, now’s the opportunity to push an additional 1000.
Only this week, the Grey Lady pushed its Covid coverage to new levels of mendacity and deception. The Times has always taken a particular glee in reporting on Covid deniers who eventually contract the disease and then express regret for their previous position as they lay sick in the hospital. Recently, they ran the story, Texas Hospital Says Man, 30, Died After Attending a ‘Covid Party.’ According to the article, the man always thought the virus was a hoax, but admitted, “I think I made a mistake,” just before dying. However, by the fifth paragraph, the reporter, Brian Pietsch, reveals none of the details of the account could be verified.
So, who cares if the stories are true, if it feels right and fits the predetermined narrative, then it’s fit to print. Waves of smug satisfaction washing over Times readers, as their ideological notions are affirmed by the paper of record, is the only truth that matters anymore.
Already reports are emerging of readers collapsing in the streets, New York Times still wedged under their arm, eyes rolled back in ecstasy. Emergency rooms are seeing an uptick as well. Not all readers are prepared for this level of purity. However, most want more. “Give us the good ones, Grey Lady,” they say.