“I find The New York times to be credible…”? Only if you don’t know what you don’t know. Given the average American’s general level of ignorance about the world and facts concerning it, in the absence of data to the contrary I have to assume that you are not in a position to have built a confusion matrix to test the NYT even conceptually.

When I first came to the US I read the NYT believingly. When as a somewhat indigent grad student I shelled out a subscription for it. But each time I read an article about India my credibility reduced due to the easily checked facts they had not bothered to get right. I recall two articles: one was about the religious demographics of Maharashtra which they got wrong and another about the history and status of statehood of J&K which went completely unmentioned in an article about the tensions in Kashmir. This was during the reign of Barbara crossette as their Pool side India correspondent. To add insult to injury they then added the blatherings and Tom foolery gathered by Friedman on golf courses in India. I was obliged to stop trusting their facts in areas I knew nothing about.

So when the NYT’s Iraq war mongering came to light, I was like, “I knew that.”

And I stopped trusting NPR after comparing their reporting to what I saw at numerous Occupy Oakland events.

I stop to miau to cats.

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