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New York Workers Simmer As New York Times Elitists Look Away

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.

may day 2012 protestYesterday, 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.

5 thoughts on “New York Workers Simmer As New York Times Elitists Look Away”

  1. Bill says:

    Occupy’s (and related movements’) biggest problem with media like the NYT is that its message isn’t conducive to selling big-ticket junk like solid gold watches and luxury sedans. Time to bring back ‘radical chic’?

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      I see your point. Working for a living is not the demographic that New York Times advertisers are interested in.

      1. Bill says:

        Bingo.

  2. Bill says:

    To be fair, it must (I think) be said that the NYT magazine article on Edward Conard is a helluva good read; it does a superb job of deflating Conard’s absurd and loathsome argument that what we need is more income inequality, not less. One might hope that’s an argument which wouldn’t even need deflating but, unfortunately, it is. Recommended reading, and very timely.

  3. Charles Manning (manning120) says:

    The loss of the NYT to the 1% and the MIC is indeed a tragedy. We now must look to sources like Irregular Times and Common Dreams to find out what’s really going on. I think the best antidote to this is strong web presence of political figures outside the major parties. The Greens are doing a good job in that area.

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