New York Times Caught Taking $1 Million “Anonymous Donation”

  • 08/25/2017 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
An anonymous benefactor donated $1 million to The New York Times—and now, some are questioning whether it amounts to journalistic “bribery.

The $1 million gift is part of a “sponsor a subscription program”—a New York Times program that funds subscriptions for public school students. The big anonymous gift is one of more than 15,500 smaller donations to the same program.

The Times plans to use this large donation, among other gifts, to provide a series of education webinars, on a variety of subjects—including news literacy and the Supreme Court.

For years, American journalism has been controlled by large corporations and deep-pocketed executives—but those ties are often disclosed publicly. On news stories relating to billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for example, the Washington Post will disclose in the article that they’re also, in fact, owned by Bezos.

But such a large anonymous gift to The New York Times could, theoretically, jeopardize their objectivity—because the American people don’t know who the donor is, and the Times wouldn’t have to disclose any potential conflicts of interest to readers in their reporting.

And considering the Times has frequently (and often unfairly) attacked President Donald Trump—who has derided the Grey Lady as “fake news” and an “enemy of the American people”—it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that such a lavish, anonymous gift could continue to pull the venerable “newspaper of record” further away from objective journalism.
 Source: AAN
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