Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post Published 7:54 am PST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 In this file photo, Alice Walker stands in front of a picture of herself from 1974 as she tours her archives at Emory University, in Atlanta. Walker and The New York Times are drawing fire after she praised an author who critics say is a conspiracy theorist who expresses anti-Semitism. In an interview in Sunday’s “By The Book” column, the author of “The Color Purple” said David Icke’s 1995 book, “And The Truth Shall Set You Free,” is on her nightstand. A New York Times spokesperson says the column is not a list of recommendations from its editors. The 52 Biggest pop culture conspiracy theories of all time >>>> less In this file photo, Alice Walker stands in front of a picture of herself from 1974 as she tours her archives at Emory University, in Atlanta. Walker and The New York Times are drawing fire after she praised … [Read more...] about New York Times assailed for Alice Walker interview endorsing ‘anti-Semitic’ conspiracy theorist
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Joseph Lhota, the chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), has resigned following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's election to a third term, multiple publications have reported.The MTA is responsible for New York's public transit system, including the subway, which has become increasingly unreliable.The MTA did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.Joseph Lhota, the chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), has resigned following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's election to a third term, multiple publications have reported. Lhota said in October that he did not plan to leave the agency, according to The New York Times.The Wall Street Journal reports that Fernando Ferrer, the MTA's vice chairman, will replace Lhota on an interim basis as the agency searches for a new chairman.The MTA did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.Read more: I've used NYC buses to get around for nearly 2 years — and … [Read more...] about New York City’s MTA chairman has reportedly resigned
These are troubling days for journalism, says New York Times chief executive and former BBC director general Mark Thompson. Even the primacy of fact and well-sourced, objective reporting over delusion and propaganda is under assault. Transparency is the first task for those writing the algorithms, he argues. (Extract from Anti-Social Media: The Impact on journalism and Society, published today). A concert party of Russia and other repressive regimes, populists and extremists, assorted trolls and bots – not to mention the 45th President of the United States – are doing their best to convince the world of what George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four called ‘blackwhite’: that dispassionate, accurate journalism is fake news, and conspiracy theories, gross exaggeration and outright lies the real thing.TimelineOctober 23, 2018MPs criticise Government over 'disappointing' response to 'fake news' inquiry interim reportOctober 19, 2018Facebook hires former … [Read more...] about New York Times boss Mark Thompson: ‘When it comes to news, Facebook still doesn’t get it’
Nearly 8,000 words into its exhaustive investigation of the elaborate and allegedly illegal schemes by which Donald Trump’s father conserved his wealth and promoted the myth of his son as a self-made billionaire, the New York Times revealed the existence of a sham business the Trump family used to hide massive gifts from Fred Trump to his children, saving himself millions in federal taxes. The company was called All County Building Supply & Maintenance and it was created in 1992 for the purpose of providing inflated invoices to contractors for Fed Trump’s sprawling real estate holdings in Brooklyn and Queens. Story Continued Below “All County had no corporate offices,” the Times reporters wrote. “Its address was the Manhasset, N.Y., home of John Walter, a favorite nephew of Fred Trump’s. Mr. Walter, who died in January at the age of 83, spent decades working for Fred Trump, primarily helping computerize his payroll and billing systems. He also … [Read more...] about Did the Trump Family Historian Drop a Dime to the New York Times?
It is every media company’s primary goal to figure out a way to make money that isn’t reliant on ads. That’s why, over the last few years, numerous organizations have built out their various apps, services, and subscriptions. Lest we forget when, over a year ago, the New York Times put up a hard paywall on its Cooking website and app, which offered the newspaper’s years of recipe archives. Now, the company is going further with a new customizable cookbook. This new product allows anyone to build his or her own recipe book. People can choose seven chapters–ranging from “vegetable sides” to “sheet-pan wonders”–and then can choose eight recipes for each of those chapters. Once all the categories and dishes are chosen, the Times lets them write their own dedication page, and then, it’s off to the printing press. The newspaper says there are nearly 350,000 recipe-combination possibilities. This isn’t the … [Read more...] about The New York Times copies BuzzFeed with its new customizable cookbook