For several years now, I’ve used the saying, “News is a commodity. Perspective is not.” It has been my way of explaining why most general news outlets have struggling businesses and those that are filled with opinions, ideas and more have a greater chance of survival among the infinite number of voices out there.
I just came across yesterday’s Sunday New York Times. It used to be a regular read from me every Sunday morning, but now, more often than not, it’s confined to “Anything I need in here before I toss this in the recycling for Tuesday morning?”
I realize this is the (subtly identified) opinion section of the paper, but this was a whole-hog above the fold, screaming tabloid headline. And it said something to me:
One more media vehicle has clearly chosen to wear the badge of its opinion perspective rather than the badge of unbiased news and information.
Granted, the New York Times has always leaned left. So much so, that for as long as I can remember, my dad has referred to it as “The Worker.” And while I get the Gerry Ford reference, this was not a tabloid headline in the Daily News. This was the (once venerable) paper of record.
The news is officially dead. Long live perspective! Proceed with caution.