I see that as a lost cause, but she could convince me otherwise. A closed mind is like a closed book, except the latter makes a good door stop
In her first column as public editor in July -- back when her newspaper was trying to stop Hitler -- she wrote:
What The Times and most other newsrooms mostly do now is not so much listen to readers as watch and analyze them, like fish in a bowl. They view them in bulk, through statistics measuring how many millions of 'unique' users clicked on content last month, or watched a video, or came to the site multiple times, or arrived through Facebook.
What would prove more fruitful is for newsrooms to treat their audience like people with crucial information to convey — preferences, habits and shifting ways of consuming information. What do they like about what we do and how we do it? What do they want done differently? What do they turn to other sites for?Imagine that. Treating readers as people. One of the reasons liberals lost this election is they treat people like numbers. I am not an American to them. I am a heterosexual, Christian, white male with a college degree who is an under-65 retiree and registered Republican in a small, poor rural town.
Well, OK, but where is that part where I like to ride around town with the top down on my convertible?
They see men like me as losers who will soon be outnumbered by women (we always have been) and racial minorities, and are afraid.
The earliest year I see projected for a white plurality in America is 2050. I'll be 97. I doubt I will care about politics.
And why would people of other colors be a threat to me, or more accurately, why would they be a bigger threat to me than people of my own color? Crime is the last segregated industry in America. Whites kill whites. Blacks kill blacks. Hispanics kill Hispanics. Fewer whites would actually mean my life is safer.
You see how silly this all is?
Following the New York Times failure to stop Hitler, Liz Spayd wrote:
The Times would serve readers well with fewer brief interviews, fewer snatched slogans that inevitably render a narrow caricature of those who spoke them. If you want to further educate yourself on the newly empowered, check out the work of George Packer in The New Yorker. You’ll leave wiser about what just happened. Times journalists can be masters at doing these pieces, but they do them best when describing the lives of struggling immigrants, for example, or those living on the streets.
A fascinating graphic appeared on the front of the paper and home page earlier this week depicting, state-by-state, the powerful American working class — the less educated it called them. Many in this group make up Trump’s base, and the essential questioned posed by the graphic and to readers was this: to what degree will these voters show up at the polls?
We have our answer. The next question is whether The Times is interested in crossing the red line to see what this America wants next.I suggest they start in Nitro, West Virginia, where the chemical plants are gone and the antique shops grow like kudzu.