Listen (17 min): The New York Times' publisher just wrote a generation-defining essay on independent journalism. And showed that he fundamentally doesn’t get it.
An audio version of the article
This past spring, the publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, wrote a major essay defending the ideal of independent journalism. At least, that’s what it claimed to be. In reality, it was an essay defending the ideal of objectivity, and attacking independence… which is all incredibly strange. I untangle this mess in the above article.
This is a recording of an article from May 30th, 2023. You can find the written version of the article here.
Yes, writers have to eat, but paywalls just punish low-income people. And why shouldn’t they have access to the knowledge they want?