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July 18, 2005

Why Oh Why Oh Why Oh Why?

-- by John Emerson

Brad Delong and Bob Somerby do a wonderful job of keeping us posted on the crimes and failures of our major media. However, they do not ask much about the reasons for these crimes and failures. (DeLong, of course, is always asking "Why, oh why?", but he never goes beyond that-- it's purely rhetorical).

DeLong still pretends to believe that it's just a problem of individual incompetence and bad hiring, but there's really been a systematic pattern or error, and the slant is consistently rightward. Somerby recognizes that there is a pattern, but he doesn't ask why this is happening either.

Obviously it's is a management problem. The Washington Post and the New York Times, for example, have been especially disappointing to mainstream liberals. Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., is the chairman both of the New York Times Board of Directors and the New York Times Executive Board. Donald E. Graham is the chairman of both the Washington Post Board of Directors and the Washington Post Executive Board.

There's no mystery. The reason why these two newspapers are incompetent, dishonest, and slanted to the the right is because these two men want them to be that way. The reason the well-paid tools who write for these newspapers write and think so badly is that even the smart ones know that Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and Donald E. Graham want them to write badly and dishonestly. The rhetorical questions can now stop.

"Isn't there more to the question than this?" you may ask. Yes, probably. That's why, below the fold, I've put links to the official websites of the two newspapers, together with complete lists of their various boards. I'm sure that people smarter than me can tell us who the other key players and evil geniuses are.

This is all stuff that Chomsky, Nader, and their ilk tried to tell the Democrats ten or twenty years ago. The rightwing takeover of the Democratic Party was an enormous disaster, and we (the American People) may never recover from it.

People tried to tell them.

Update: Not much response. Obviously everyone is terrified of Graham and Sulzberger: The Untouchables.

NEW YORK TIMES BOARD

* John F. Akers
Director
* Brenda C. Barnes
Director
* Raul E. Cesan
Director
* Lynn G. Dolnick
Director
* Michael Golden
Vice Chairman, The New York Times Company
Publisher, International Herald Tribune
* William E. Kennard
Director
* James M. Kilts
Director
* David E. Liddle
Director
* Ellen R. Marram
Director
* Thomas Middelhoff
Director
* Janet L. Robinson
President and Chief Executive Officer
* Henry B. Schacht
Director
* Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Chairman, The New York Times Company
Publisher, The New York Times
* Cathy J. Sulzberger
Director
* Doreen A. Toben
Director

NEW YORK TIMES EXECUTIVES

* Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Chairman, The New York Times Company
Publisher, The New York Times
* Janet L. Robinson
President and Chief Executive Officer
* Michael Golden
Vice Chairman, The New York Times Company
Publisher, International Herald Tribune
* Leonard P. Forman
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
* Martin A. Nisenholtz
Senior Vice President, Digital Operations
* Solomon B. Watson IV
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
* Hussain Ali-Khan
Vice President, Real Estate Development
* R. Anthony Benten
Vice President and Treasurer
* Rhonda L. Brauer
Corporate Secretary and Senior Counsel
* Philip A. Ciuffo
Vice President, Internal Audit
* Jennifer C. Dolan
Vice President, Forest Products
* Ann S. Kraus
Vice President, Compensation and Benefits
* James C. Lessersohn
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development
* Catherine J. Mathis
Vice President, Corporate Communications
* Kenneth A. Richieri
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
* Neal Roberts
Vice President, Organization Development
* Stuart P. Stoller
Vice President, Process Engineering and Corporate Controller
* David A. Thurm
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
The New York Times Company and The New York Times

The New York Times

* Scott Heekin-Canedy
President and General Manager
* Bill Keller
Executive Editor
* Gail Collins
Editor, Editorial Page

WASHINGTON POST DIRECTORS

* Donald E. Graham
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
The Washington Post Company
Chairman, The Washington Post
* Warren E. Buffett
Chairman of the Board, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
* Barry Diller
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IAC/InterActiveCorp
* John L. Dotson Jr.
Former President and Publisher, Akron Beacon-Journal
* George J. Gillespie, III
Attorney, Member of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
* Ronald L. Olson
Attorney, Member of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
* Alice M. Rivlin
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
* Richard D. Simmons
Former President and Chief Operating Officer, The Washington Post Company
* George W. Wilson
President, Concord (N.H.) Monitor


WASHINGTON POST EXECUTIVES

* Donald E. Graham
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
The Washington Post Company
Chairman, The Washington Post
* Patrick Butler
Vice President
* Diana M. Daniels
Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
* Ann L. McDaniel
Vice President
* Christopher Ma
Vice President
* John B. Morse, Jr.
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
* Gerald M. Rosberg
Vice President of Planning and Development
* Daniel J. Lynch
Treasurer
* Wallace R. Cooney
Controller
* Pinkie Dent Mayfield
Assistant Treasurer
* John F. Hockenberry
Assistant Secretary

Posted by John Emerson at July 18, 2005 5:19 PM

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Well, as far as the Grahams are concerned, they reside right at the intersection of Mafia and CIA. Phillip Graham was in military intelligence during WW2 and an admirer of Allen Dulles, Frank Wisner and Richard Helms of the CIA. He married Katherine Meyer, daughter of mafia rum runner Eugene Meyer who owned the Post. After the wedding, Phil gained control of the paper and brought in CIA propagandists as reporters. In 1963, Phil committed suicide (?) and Katherine assumed the helm. She brought in Ben Bradlee who was chummy with a dozen agency people and their wives. Check out this excerpt from a speach Katherine gave in 1988 at CIA HQ:
"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."
Don't know much about Donald, but the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, as they say.

Posted by: Brad at July 18, 2005 6:38 PM

Many years ago, while working at NYU during a year off from college, I learned about the New York Times. There was a labor recognition struggle at NYU. It was too long ago for me to recall any details, so I won't even try to present any. But I discovered that when the issue was labor versus management the New York Times consistently lied in every story that appeared. Huge, colossal, knee-slapping lies. Nothering even remotely close to reality. And every one of these lies served -- you guessed it -- management. Every time. That really opened my eyes about American "liberals". They've been open ever since.

Posted by: richard at July 18, 2005 6:40 PM

You've hit the nail on the head, and not just as far as the US are concerned, John! Rupert Murdoch, now an American citizen, who nevertheless owns 70% of the Australian dailies had nothing but praise for our PM John Howard at a dinner for him in DC earlier today. Obviously Murdoch also wants his 'well-paid tools' to write badly and dishonestly.
To cut a long story short: b....y brilliant entry!

Posted by: Helga Fremlin at July 18, 2005 10:15 PM

And even before Chomsky, Nader, and such pointed out the corporitazation of the MSM Orwell and Huxley were warning us about this.

"In the democratic West there is economic censorship and the media of mass communication are controlled by members of the Power Elite." Huxley, Propaganda in a Democratic Society

I've done a couple of blog entries about this
http://dailydoubt.blogspot.com/2005/05/aldous-huxley-on-propaganda.html

Posted by: Hume's Ghost at July 19, 2005 12:22 AM

People seem terribly afraid of Sulzburder and Graham. I've never heard it suggested that they are the problem, but they have to be. It can't be just dozens of low-ranling individuals.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 19, 2005 5:46 AM

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