Opinion pieces have no impact on public discourse as statist media sinks
Paul Joseph Watson
February 5, 2014
In another example of how the mainstream media is in a state of collapse, the New York Times’s own writers told a newspaper that NY Times opinion pieces are now seen as “irrelevant” and have no impact on public discourse whatsoever.
This is a stunning turnaround from as little as five years ago, when a New York Times opinion piece was viewed with respect and held a certain level of gravitas.
The New York Observer interviewed more than two dozen current and former NY Times writers, virtually all of whom were unanimous in acknowledging that the Old Gray Lady is becoming increasingly insignificant.
“I think the editorials are viewed by most reporters as largely irrelevant, and there’s not a lot of respect for the editorial page,” one source told the newspaper. “The editorials are dull, and that’s a cardinal sin.”
“They’re completely reflexively liberal, utterly predictable, usually poorly written and totally ineffectual,” said another. “I mean, just try and remember the last time that anybody was talking about one of those editorials. You know, I can think of one time recently, which is with the [Edward] Snowden stuff, but mostly nobody pays attention, and millions of dollars is being spent on that stuff.”
This is yet another consequence of the fact that more and more people are turning away from mainstream media as a result of its habitual efforts to twist the truth and deceive the public in order to serve the interests of the state.
The corporate press is in a blind panic because it is quickly losing its ability to dictate reality and shape narratives, which is why people like Hillary Clinton have bemoaned the fact that the establishment is “losing the Infowar” to newly emerging media sources.
In 2012, the New York Times reported a net loss of 85% on earnings as a result of lost advertising revenue due to dwindling readership figures, but they are actually not doing too badly in comparison to other mainstream news outlets.
From November 2012 to November 2013, MSNBC lost almost half its viewers over the course of just 12 months, shedding 45 per cent of its audience. CNN also lost 48 per cent of its viewers over the same time period.
The corporate press’ refusal to challenge authority and cover real issues has also led to record high levels of distrust in media. Last year, a Gallup poll found that just 23 per cent of Americans trust the institution of television news.