July 20, 2018

Looking at the New York Times Opinion Page

This post is in response to a recent comment at The Glittering Eye. I’ve sampled and edited a recent and typical New York Times online Opinion Page, breaking the layout down and characterizing the way the columns are divided by content. As you can see below, there are three repeated themes: anti-Trump, anti-Republican, and identity politics.

I think there are multiple ways of looking at this. One way is that their opinion page reflects the news. I think that’s far-fetched but that’s one way of looking at it.

Another way of looking at it is that it reflects the topics that are important to their readers. I think that’s closer to the mark.

I don’t see any way of looking at it and concluding that the NYT’s emphasis being anti-Trump, anti-Republican, or identity politics is a figment of the right wing media’s imagination.

One of these days I’ll write a post on how layout affects opinion, the bastard measure, and so on. Another post.

Exercise for the interested student: open the Washington Post’s opinion page and go through the same steps.

This post was originally published at The Glittering Eye

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  1. Thanks, Bookie. To coin a cliche one picture is worth a thousand words. ;-)

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