By David FinkelsteinPublished 12:47 pm, September 30, 2019 16:49In the years since the 2016 election, the New York Times has been a veritable beacon of the American way of journalism.
For years, the paper has held up its end of the bargain by covering the president-elect’s campaign, his transition team, and the aftermath of the election.
But the paper is currently facing criticism from the left and right over its handling of a Trump-Russia investigation.
And it has been caught in the middle of a fierce and largely partisan battle over its reporting on the Trump administration.
In an open letter to The New York Post, two journalists from the paper’s digital team, which is made up of journalists and technology experts, expressed their concerns about the paper being used as a conduit for Trump administration propaganda.
The letter, which was first reported by The New Yorker, asked the paper to investigate the accuracy of its reporting about the Trump-Russian investigation, and why it failed to cover this issue during the election and transition.
The New Yorker also asked the Times to “investigate the source of the Trump transition team’s claims that Russian agents attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.”
In an interview with The Atlantic, Times Editor Dean Baquet, who oversees the digital team and wrote the letter, explained that the paper “has a very good track record when it comes to transparency” and that the team “does not feel that they have been treated fairly in this regard.”
“The New York City-based newsroom has been very diligent in reporting on and covering issues related to Russian interference in our election,” Baquet said.
“We’ve covered it extensively, including at length, in The Times’s reporting about how Russian interference affected the 2016 elections.
We’ve covered the story in detail, and have a history of doing that.”
The letter was signed by journalist Jordan Weissmann, a former New York Daily News reporter; journalist Nick Corasaniti, a senior technology reporter; and former Times reporter Samira Wiley.
It was not immediately clear if the Times would respond to the letter.
The Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Baquet said the Times’s work on Russia has been “profoundly critical” and said he was “deeply disturbed” by the accusations.
“As a journalist, I have long been deeply disturbed by the idea that a newspaper would publish an article by a journalist who, in some of the articles he has written, has engaged in behavior that is, to put it mildly, abhorrent and wrong,” Baque said.
The Times is one of the most widely read newspapers in the United States.
It was named the third-most-read paper by The Washington Post and the first-most read by Time magazine.
In a statement, the newspaper defended its coverage of the Russia probe, saying it had “worked diligently” to ensure that “our journalists were as accurate as possible.”
“We have been proud to report on the Russia investigation in a way that is clear, unbiased, and fully informed,” the statement said.
In addition to the Times letter, several media outlets have expressed their dissatisfaction with the paper for its coverage on the probe, including BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, and Politico.
BuzzFeed has called for the Times and other media outlets to retract the article and the Times has acknowledged that it did not act appropriately in reporting the article.
“The Times, like many others, failed to properly scrutinize this story, which, given the importance of the story, was likely not a newsworthy one at the time,” the Times’ statement said, noting that “there was no evidence to support the article’s claims and, in fact, we knew at the start of the investigation that there was no way to corroborate the allegations.”
The Daily Beast is also calling for the New Yorker to retract and apologize.
“We were disappointed to learn that the New Yorkers Times did nothing more than write an opinion piece,” The Daily Wire editor-in-chief, Jack Posobiec, wrote in a post on Medium.
“The Daily Wire has a long history of publishing independent, fact-based, factually challenged journalism that is critical of both the mainstream media and the mainstream political establishment.
The piece in question is simply not a good example of what a good journalism publication should be.”
The Associated Press and Bloomberg News have both been critical of the Times for its lack of transparency about its reporting.
Bloomberg, which had its own investigation into Russian interference and ties to the Trump campaign, issued a report late last month accusing the Times of “sabotaging” the investigation and publishing false information.
“It is a disturbing development that the Times is willing to engage in a reckless, partisan attack against the Trump Administration,” the report said.