On the N.Y. Times Opinion Page (Internet Edition) there is a sidebar entitled “Latest from the Opinion Blogs.” On this list you will find links to “recent” posts by Times columnists. Today’s list (March 17, 2016) list posts from March 17, two from March 16, March 15, March 11 as one would suspect, but as one nears the bottom of the list one encounters “You Will Be Hearing a Lot More About Marco Rubio” by Frank Bruni, dated March 11, 2015. That’s right … 2015. How a year old column could be considered “latest” is a question. In fact I wrote the editors a couple of months ago about this and received no reply. I wondered if they would take it down on its one year anniversary (obviously not). And now that the motivation for the post, Marco Rubio’s presidential run, has become moot, I wondered if it would be taken down, or at least replaced by a column on Senator Rubio’s future prospects as he is not running for re-election to the Senate, but no. (Senator Rubio may run for President again in 2020 but that is not the subject of this post.)
In an era that has had the Fairness Doctrine removed from television news and newspapers having been gobbled by large corporate owners there are complaints that the biases of news outlet’s owners are “showing.” Breitbart’s online organs have been roiled by resignations of several of its reporters over a pro-Donald Trump bias they perceived in management and Brietbart is hardly a paragon of journalistic integrity. The Times, itself, was queried regarding a perceived bias against Senator Bernie Saunders and the Public Editor responded with a yes, there appears to be an unevenness to the coverage of Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton, in Mrs. Clinton’s favor. (The top listing in the Latest from the Opinion Blogs today is “Were Changes to Sanders’ Article “‘Stealth Editing?’” for example.)
So why is a year-old blog post feature the name of a prominent Republican candidate still on a
“Latest From …” list? Why, indeed?