Apparently, The New York Times might have been outsmarted by some individuals seeking to acquire statements from their journalists that may damage their reputations. Deputy Managing Editor Clifford Levy copied an email sent to the Times staff:
Newsrooms beware:— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 1, 2017
Someone claiming to be a college student is trying to interview NYT journalists.
We're concerned that it’s a ruse. pic.twitter.com/ypdYbzA3d8
The email reads as follows:
A number of people in the newsroom have received emails recently from someone claiming to be a student researching a media project and asking for a face-to-face interview. While we haven't nailed down the particulars, we are concerned that this could be a ruse by someone trying to trick unwary Times journalists into unguarded or damaging statements. (No doubt you recall the hidden-camera ploy used recently on a CNN producer.)
We all know that it's important to remain fair and politically impartial in our public statements. Please keep that in mind in all your conversations with members of the public. Even reasonable or lighthearted remarks can sometimes be made to appear improper.
We're happy for our journalists to engage with readers, students and other members of the public, and we don't want to discourage that. But be careful. In these polarized times, make sure you know whom you're talking to, and be sure to maintain Times standards in any such interactions.
There is only one response to this: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
First, to claim that The New York Times pretends to be politically impartial in the public eye is a snare and a delusion. Second, it seems that Times journalists might have fallen into the same trap set by undercover journalists who caught CNN over the past month thanks to James O'Keefe and Project Veritas. Finally, it demonstrates that some Americans are looking to pants The New York Times by highlighting its well-known political biases within its journalistic staff.
Undercover guerilla journalism has done more to expose leftist corruption and media bias. It brought down ACORN, exposed Planned Parenthood's harvest of mutilated baby parts, and made CNN look like a fake news promulgator for pushing the "nothingburger" Trump-Russia narrative. It seems that The New York Times is receiving the same amount of attention from Americans who wish to hold it accountable for its own biases.
One would hope that this would cause the Times to wake up and purge the fake news. However, you cannot always expect an old dog to learn new tricks.