The executive editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson
, often says that in depth reporting
is her main passion. The below must be a good example of it, given how it displays layer upon layer
of writers, sources, reviewers all remarkably in step with each other.
The following is a quote from an item in the Weekly Standard.
And the NYT article quoted in the first paragraph, is taken from the only book review I've seen in the NYTimes
dealing with Jodi Kantor's The Obamas.
We have good news for all you skeptics who’ve been wondering whether you should trust the gossipy stories in the new book The Obamas: You can stop worrying. The author of the book, which was published to much hoo-ha this month, is a journalist named Jodi Kantor, and here’s what I read about her just the other day: “Ms. Kantor, who covered the Obamas for the New York Times during the 2008 presidential campaign, and is currently a Washington correspondent for the paper, has earned the voice of authority.”
I read this in the New York Times. The reviewer didn’t go on to explain what exactly Jodi Kantor did to earn her authority, other than to work for the New York Times.
I can hear the skeptics already—should we really trust the word of the New York Times about the trustworthiness of the New York Times? Perhaps the skeptics get hung up on the circular reasoning, not realizing that it is this circularity that perpetuates the grand reputation of the Times and its many writers and reporters: Why can you trust the New York Times? Because it employs authoritative reporters like Jodi Kantor. How do we know Jodi Kantor is authoritative? Because otherwise she wouldn’t work for the New York Times.
chosen by the NYTImes
to write about The Obamas
happens to be Connie Schultz
, who is married to Senator Sherrod Brown
, Democrat from Ohio. Brown is heavily involved in Obama's agenda, and his marriage appears to be a most compatible one, judging by a quick glossing through his wife's recent articles.
Here's a link to the dullest review of that book I've seen so far.
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On the other hand, that Weekly Standard
piece contained a couple of interesting quotes from the book I've not seen repeated elsewhere:“The Obamas, along with aides and friends, came to believe that the American public did not appreciate their exceptional leader.” “Systemic change,”
the author writes, “was what they (Mr & Mrs Obama) had always dreamed of, from the beginning of their relationship.”