Times Hatred In The Internet Age

By Patrick Appel
Matt Pressman tries to figure out why people love to hate the NYT. Amid the bashing is Slate press critic Jack Shafer's semi-defense of the newspaper:

“What newspaper do they think does a better job? If you go to the library and start cranking through the microfilm of 30-year-old New York Timeses, I think you’ll quickly realize that it’s a more lively, more intelligent newspaper than it was 30 years ago. And it wasn’t a bad paper then. Does the paper aggravate, does it contradict itself? Yeah, but it’s a huge, huge monster. It’s on practically every continent every day, and our expectations of The New York Times are huge, as they should be.”