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The New York Times Reaches Out To Subscribers

November 11, 2016

To our readers,

When the biggest political story of the year reached a dramatic and unexpected climax late Tuesday night, our newsroom turned on a dime and did what it has done for nearly two years — cover the 2016 election with agility and creativity.

After such an erratic and unpredictable election there are inevitable questions: Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office?

As we reflect on this week’s momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.

We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our subscribers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.


Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. pattilynn9 permalink
    November 12, 2016 10:16 PM

    Not my complaint, but the NYT admission of their own bad reporting practices:

  2. November 12, 2016 7:13 PM

    I think we both loved the ink on the finger prints and the smell of the ink–I miss those two parts of modern papers very much. My Mom used to yell at me with some frequency as I would place inked fingers on white wood work…….

  3. November 12, 2016 6:38 PM

    No I really did but this was back in the 1980’s and I would get GB Press Gazette, Chi Sun-TImes, the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal all home delivered, loved reading newspapers back then

  4. November 12, 2016 11:24 AM


    In the nicest way possible there is no way I ever would believe that you ever subscribed to the NYT. And if you did there is no way you read it. There is just nothing in the content of your messages that would leave one feeling that in any way.

  5. November 12, 2016 11:22 AM


    What you write is a long time complaint that all news outlets receive. The simple truth is that most people are not good news consumers or know how to be one.

  6. pattilynn9 permalink
    November 12, 2016 5:59 AM

    Haha! I’m sure they’re trying to keep their subscribers.

    They should try covering the actual news… instead of trying to shape the stories to their desired outcome.

  7. pkarm61 permalink
    November 12, 2016 12:05 AM

    Reading this piece I almost wanted to subscribe to the paper again but then they said this, “deliver the independent, original journalism” and I almost died laughing. There is nothing independent about the NY Times it is the virtual mouthpiece of the DNC,, it was good to end a long day with a hardy belly laugh

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