The media’s job is to tell the story of a rapidly changing world in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, but it must do so under rapidly changing new rules. “This is the biggest story since 9/11,” said New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, but it needs to be told with an abundance of caution by the scores of journalists now working from home, interviewing sources via Skype and doing all they can to stay personally out of harm’s way.
They’re pals who once vied for the same jobs. Now, as editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post, they’re locked in a daily battle for Trump scoops.
While discussing and defending his paper’s Trump reporting, and deriding others for “twisting news” (notably Fox), New York Times Editor Dean Baquet’s most important thoughts yesterday didn’t involve the chaotic White House, which has galvanized armies of reporters. They pertained to the dismal state of local news coverage around the nation. The biggest crisis in American journalism, he said, is “local news. I don’t think it’s quite understood and accepted.”
New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet thinks the two cable outlets’ coverage of the election has been “ridiculous. This mix of entertainment and news, and news masquerading as entertainment, is kind of funny except that we now have a guy who is a product of that world nominated as Republican presidential nominee,” he said in an interview, blasting CNN’s hire of Corey Lewandowski and defending his own paper’s Trump coverage.