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12/18/2023

The Power of the Jump™: New York Times Edition

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:44 pm



So when I wrote my post about that deceptive New York Times story about the Dobbs decision, I predicted that they would put the first four paragraphs on the front page and make sure the jump was before the sixth paragraph. That’s because the information that undercut the B.S. in the first four paragraphs began appearing in the sixth paragraph. Here was my prediction:

Moreover, this technique of starting out with a wildly misleading claim and then gradually backfilling the story with facts that totally undercut the initial claim has been around at least as long as I have had this blog (over 20 years) and almost certainly longer than that. I had a regular feature called The Power of the Jump that showed how the L.A. Times routinely fed you one version of events on the front page and tell you the inconvenient facts on the back pages, after the “jump”–where nobody reads.

My guess is, this Kantor/Liptak story will likely appear on the front page of the New York Times tomorrow, with the first four paragraphs prominently featured. I bet the jump comes before the sixth paragraph and certainly before the ninth.

But I guess we’ll see.

We did.

Here’s a closer image of the story. Count the number of paragraphs. (And notice the other stories, which have plenty more than four paragraphs on the front page, showing that they are capable of putting eight paragraphs on the front page when they want to.)

Again: “My guess is, this Kantor/Liptak story will likely appear on the front page of the New York Times tomorrow, with the first four paragraphs prominently featured. I bet the jump comes before the sixth paragraph and certainly before the ninth.”

Every bit of this was deliberate and planned.

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7 Responses to “The Power of the Jump™: New York Times Edition”

  1. Dog bites man. Usually they don’t even back up the headline in the first few paragraphs.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  2. Yet another reason why nobody reads newspapers.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  3. So what? They are a liberal corporate establishment paper appealing to that audience. They ignored AOC’s primary run for being anti-establishment at least back then. They are a sophisticated form of yellow journalism told by their corporate masters feign being unbiased. All journalism is biased and everyone knows it. The liberal media tries to do this by not reporting stories called spiking. It doesn’t like to outright lie because it is embarrassing when they get caught! Conservative media lie and say their unbiased and so do liberal establishment media. The far right and left media proudly say what they are. Your story had no effect withers dobbs would pass or not.

    asset (65cd88)

  4. The Times is just a propaganda arm of the Democratic party.

    Their own version of Pravda if you will.

    whembly (5f7596)

  5. whembly (5f7596) — 12/19/2023 @ 6:57 am

    The Times is just a propaganda arm of the Democratic party.

    No, that’s the Washington Post. The truth is out there, in the New York Times, which is often not the case in the Washington Post.

    There’s a rebellion of some sorts at the New York Times. (against some “activist” members f the newspaper Guild)

    https://www.wsj.com/business/media/new-york-times-staffers-form-journalistic-independence-caucus-amid-concerns-over-unions-actions-f9be2a58

    Dozens of New York Times NYT -0.48%decrease; red down pointing triangle employees have formed a group to take a stand on journalistic independence as concerns grow that the labor union that represents the Times and other outlets has veered toward advocacy.

    The Times faction, which includes high-profile journalists such as Megan Twohey, Julian Barnes and Emily Bazelon, has created what it calls an “independence caucus” within the NewsGuild-CWA, the parent of the Times’s newsroom union that represents some 1,500 people at the publication.

    The creation of the new caucus, which is currently led by the Times employees but is open to staffers from rival publications, comes as tensions between the newsroom and the union—which also has advocacy groups among its members—have grown over the past year or so.

    Most recently, some Times staffers chafed when the NewsGuild held a virtual meeting during which some members debated the merits of issuing a statement calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. government aid to Israel, a move that they said would compromise their neutrality and put colleagues in war zones at risk….

    NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss said the union hadn’t considered issuing such a statement, and that it held the meeting to listen to its hundreds of members who wanted the union to issue a statement, as well as to people who opposed it….

    …Schleuss said the union’s members and leaders have issued statements and resolutions going back 90 years, including in 1981, when its convention passed a resolution stating that abortion and contraception “should be a personal matter for a woman to decide.” It reaffirmed that statement last year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

    Jacob Bernstein, a reporter for the Times’s Styles section, said it was a mistake for the union to even host such a debate without making an effort to have war correspondents in the room, who can speak to the actual safety concerns with the people advocating for or against a statement on a cease-fire. “What does that say about your commitment to discovery, to facts, and to our welfare?” he said in an interview.

    …Others said the caucus was necessary.

    “I wish we lived at a time where we could let our work speak for ourselves,” Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who has been covering the Gaza conflict, wrote on Slack. “We don’t, and all too often we sit in silence while colleagues in the media (mostly outside the NYT) take overtly political stances…Some of us felt it was time that we spoke up.”

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    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)

  6. I would say the newsletter of the New York cocktail party circuit. I don’t know if you have seen the “How I Met Your Mother” episode with Peter Bogdanovich, Arianna Huffington, Michael York, and NYT crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz, among others, but that’s pretty much my view of the character of NYT.

    nk (bb1548)

  7. I don’t know if you have seen the “How I Met Your Mother” episode

    nk (bb1548) — 12/19/2023 @ 7:20 am

    I am shocked, SHOCKED, to learn that nk watches sitcoms. 😛

    norcal (87e98f)


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