Endtimes?: Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times
Print as a whole is in dire straits, battling the Internet, declining readership, and a continuing downturn in public trust of the media in general. The New York Times is hardly immune to the onslaught, striving to remain relevant in a changing world. Is it evolving fast enough to survive? Are the changes hurting the Times more than helping? And is the Times in its current state even worth saving in the first place?
These are the questions raised by Daniel Schwarz in his book Endtimes?, an exhaustive examination of the history of The New York Times, the numerous crises it has faced in the last few decades, and the influence the owners and editors have exercised over it. Schwarz is obviously a Times devotee, one biased toward the Times’ glory days of old, but he still presents a balanced and well-considered look at how the Times has transformed and weathered various scandals.
That being said, he’s unafraid to offer withering criticism when needed — he gives Maureen Dowd and Judith Miller both barrels, and not undeservedly — especially toward what he regards as TimesTrash and TimesLite.
This is the chronicle the Times deserves and might be the kick-in-the-ass the Times needs.
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