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Seth, you've done a great service by breaking down Sulzberger's conflation so clearly and succinctly. Not only do you make excellent points, you save me from having to spend an hour (!!) reading his essay 😜. I'd love to hear your thoughts on free press and free culture, and how they relate to Steiner's insights, when you get around to it. Thanks for your unique voice!

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Thanks, Mary. I've been thinking about writing something about the current legacy media and Substack - specifically, what Substack is getting right and also what still needs to be done in order to create a truly healthy media ecosystem... That might be a good angle to take it from (it's pretty concrete and practical). We'll see :) Anyways, thanks for your comment. It's a helpful nudge. All the best!

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That sounds like a terrific angle, one that I imagine a lot of Substackers would be interested in!

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Jun 4, 2023Liked by Seth Jordan

Thank you for this, Seth! I’ve continued my subscription to the NYT’s daily download despite their so UNobjective [very! very! scary!] covid coverage, hoping retain some sense of what “liberal intellectuals” (among which I counted myself) consider the gold standard of Truth in journalism. Sulzberger’s essay was of course front and center last week, and my eyes nearly rolled right out of my head. But that’s just replacing the Times’ editorial cynicism with my own dismissiveness, which is of course not helpful. Let’s hear more about how we restore true freedom of the press. Thanks for lending your voice to the cause!

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Thanks, Margaret. Yeah, I still read the NYT regularly, as is probably obvious from my writing (I have a number of pieces referring to NYT reporting, and some quite critically). But they do still break plenty of important stories, and in general what they think sets the tone for so much of the national and global conversation, so I think it's important knowing what's coming from them. Also, I definitely appreciate the impulse for objectivity wherever it's being pursued. Like you, I'm mostly just disappointed by their failures in that respect.

I've thought about doing a bigger piece on the free press and free culture in general. I really should have done it last summer when there was a good story that warranted it. It would be good to try to break it down in more detail...

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