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Possibly the New York Times’s smuggest apologia

July 16, 2017 by norman lebrecht

11 comments.


This article on why the Times delayed reporting the birth Beyonce’s twins, while mocking the ‘media frenzy’ around it….

In a situation this sensitive, was it in bad taste to publish a lighthearted article about the rumors? Was it ethical?…

It’s crucial for us to remember that when a story is published by The Times it becomes part of the historical record, so giving in to the knee-jerk impulse to go for the clicks or be part of the conversation is unwise.

Read on here, if your sense of irony is strong enough.


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Comments (11)

  1. Ungeheuer says:

    Seriously? On *this* the Times editors choose to squander time, energy, resources and copy real estate?

  2. Elizabeth Owen says:

    I think you mean the New York Times not THE Times.

    1. Bruce says:

      The New York Times refer to themselves as “The Times,” if that’s what you mean. (New Yorkers also say “The Times.” They also refer to “The Philharmonic.” It’s kind of cute.)

      1. NYMike says:

        Yes we do…..

        1. VPAONM says:

          Well one day New York will learn that it is not the center of the universe.

  3. Michael says:

    The Times is tabloid trash. More concerned with publishing click bait rubbish than actual news. And accuracy and neutrality? Who cares, it’s all about the clicks.

  4. Peter says:

    Why even bother to report this ?

  5. AMetFan says:

    And who refers to Slipped Disk as anything but “Lebrecht”? It does stand for accuracy and neutrality, which is why people regard it as the blog of record.

    1. trolley80 says:

      Oh goodness, nobody except elderly classical music fans who have managed to learn how to use the internet regard this outlet with anything other than mocking disdain

  6. trolley80 says:

    Pretty soon we are going to start seeing items from the author’s local neighborhood grocery circular that arouse his ire.

  7. Marshall says:

    Of all the transgressions to journalism and truth that the once great NY Times has been guilty of, this is all that draws the attention of Lebrecht? I confess that all I know about Beyonce is her name.


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