NY Times editor's sharp comments about Biden triggers debate over media's role in election

By Carver Malone | May 10, 2024

Tense dynamic

This week, Joe Kahn, the Executive Editor of The New York Times, stirred controversy by stating that he will not permit his publication to serve as a tool for the Biden campaign. 

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This statement has once again highlighted the tense dynamic between The New York Times and the White House. During an interview with Semafor, Kahn expressed disapproval of the notion that the news media should function as a "propaganda arm," citing concerns about former President Trump posing a perceived threat to democracy. While some viewed this stance as reasonable, liberal CNN journalist Oliver Darcy expressed anger in his media newsletter.

Bedrock principles

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"The NYT has publicly stated over the years that it supports the bedrock principles of American democracy and is opposed to authoritarianism. And, over the last several months, its reporters have indicated that Donald Trump, if elected, would rule with a blatant disregard for democratic norms, akin to an authoritarian. Which means, if one does the math, that The NYT as an institution should by default oppose what Trump's candidacy embodies," Darcy wrote.