The Awl pointed me to a scathing take-down by Cintra Wilson in The New York Times about JC Penney in New York.In the comments section, I added an update:
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with (few) apologies to Cintra Wilson
The New York Times has broken free of its addiction to pulp-based distribution methods to invade the rest of the world’s internet, and the most frequent question on the literate world’s collective lips seems to be: Why?
Why would this perennially respected newspaper bother to reanimate itself across America — the dumbest, most knee-jerk population in any first world nation — during a hair-raising economic downturn, without taking the opportunity to vigorously rebrand itself? Why would this pompous Elite upper-crust entity waddle into America in its banker’s collars and Columbia MAs without even bothering to update its entrenched spite for this very population?
The New York Times has always trafficked in journalism that isn’t quite up to The Economist standards. It was never “all the news that’s fit to print” so much as “all the news that our connections deep within the American Kleptocracy have deemed fit to print and some that isn’t because it’s been made up by overly-ambitious reports more interested in personal fame than true journalism.”
But things, perhaps, have changed.