The New York Times is published with the motto “All the news that’s fit to print.” This morning, many New Yorkers are wondering what off-kilter criteria the Times uses to judge fitness.
Yesterday, Manhattan was filled with protest. Bridges were blocked. Parks were filled. Banks were barricaded. Schools were emptied. Several marches surged through the streets. The photograph you see here shows part of a march that stretched for 12 city blocks.
These scenes were repeated in May Day Protests in about 120 other cities across the United States.
Look at the front page of the New York Times this morning, and you won’t find any information about the May Day protests, though. Instead, you’ll find a story, with a big color photograph, about how a museum in Dallas Texas is having problems with excessive sunlight bouncing off a nearby high rise condo, and another article about the struggles of a powerful corporate law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf. There’s also a big advertisement for Louis Vuitton luxury watches. Elsewhere, the New York Times is reporting on the ideas of wealthy investor Edward Conrad, who says that income inequality is good for the nation.
What the New York Times finds to be fit for print these days seems to have a lot more to do with the lives of the rich and powerful than with the experiences of everyday New Yorkers. It’s a paper of record for the One Percent.