In a rather stunning statement – New York Times Editor Arthur Brisbane makes a promise to readers to finally explore the “real” Barack Obama. Is this a bit of publishing smoke and mirrors, or will the historically pro-Obama New York Times on make good what Mr. Brisbane now declares a top priority – researching Barack Obama’s record to reveal the man behind the media-created myth? And if this effort is in fact sincere, is it possible our own Insiders had a hand in altering the New York Times outlook?
Here is an excerpt of Arthur Brisbane’s own comments published this past weekend:
Now, though, the general election season is on, and The Times needs to offer an aggressive look at the president’s record, policy promises and campaign operation to answer the question: Who is the real Barack Obama?
Many critics view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion. Like a lot of America, it basked a bit in the warm glow of Mr. Obama’s election in 2008. The company published a book about the country’s first African-American president, “Obama: The Historic Journey.” The Times also published a lengthy portrait of him in its Times Topics section on NYTimes.com, yet there’s nothing of the kind aboutGeorge W. Bush or his father.
…According to a study by the media scholars Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, The Times’s coverage of the president’s first year in office was significantly more favorable than its first-year coverage of three predecessors who also brought a new party to power in the White House: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.
…Going forward, she said, The Times should examine Mr. Obama’s record and campaign promises; monitor campaign messaging for deception; emphasize substantive policy matters over petty rhetorical combat; scrutinize the newly powerful “super-PAC” groups, and take care not to let polls overdetermine the coverage.
These are the right priorities.
Thank you to Ulsterman Report reader “Truth and Justice” for bringing the original story to my attention.