Journalistic Fraud: How the New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted

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A life-long reader of the New York Times proves how the once-vaunted newspaper has replaced its original noble mission to present straight news with a new subversive mission to manipulate attitudes and promote leftist agendas.For over a hundred years, the New York Times has purported to present straight news and hard facts. But, as Bob Kohn shows with absolute clarity, the founders' original vision has been hijacked, and today, instead of straight news, readers are given mere editorial under the pretense of ...
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A life-long reader of the New York Times proves how the once-vaunted newspaper has replaced its original noble mission to present straight news with a new subversive mission to manipulate attitudes and promote leftist agendas.For over a hundred years, the New York Times has purported to present straight news and hard facts. But, as Bob Kohn shows with absolute clarity, the founders' original vision has been hijacked, and today, instead of straight news, readers are given mere editorial under the pretense of objective journalism. Kohn shows point by point the methods by which the Times' mission has been subverted by the present management-routinely slanting the presentation of the facts in leads, headlines, and placement; utilizing polls, labels, and loaded language to convey particular views, not genuine news; and staffing the newsroom with hacks who manipulate information to further a leftist agenda. Kohn shows how such fraudulence directly corrupts hundreds of news agencies across the world; and by revealing all their methods of manipulation, he teaches readers how to decipher the slants in even the subtlest of cases, providing an entertaining and enlightening lesson in fraud-busting.

About The Author:

Bob Kohn is an attorney and seasoned executive with experience in both the entertainment and high-tech industries. He is currently the vice chairman of the board of Borland Software Corp. and chairman of Laugh.com, a comedy record label. A former associate attorney at a prominent Beverly Hills entertainment law firm, Kohn served as associate editor of the Entertainment Law Reporter. Kohn also co-authored with his father the legal treatise, Kohn on Music Licensing, hailed by USA Today as the "bible of legal issues in the music world."

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The ongoing public debate on bias in the media has a new entry on the side of "too liberal" with a specific examination of the New York Times. Kohn, an entertainment lawyer, describes himself as a news consumer who has been an avid reader of the Times since the 1960s, and he laments the changes that he perceives in the news coverage. He argues that journalists at the Times do not know how to produce factual leads, they create misleading headlines, and their articles contain distortions of facts. The coverage of the war in Iraq is used to bring a focus to his accusations of liberal bias. Although he is aware that contemporary journalism education explores the complexity of the concept of objectivity, he rejects that approach and insists on impartial news writing. Kohn's methodology cannot prove his argument as his analysis is applied to select articles, mostly from 2002, rather than to a content analysis of all news articles over a specified time period. The entire book is, in effect, an editorial rant directed at the New York Times and should only be purchased by libraries following the debate's back and forth.-Judy Solberg, George Washington Univ. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780785261049
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/14/2003
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Kohn is an attorney and seasoned executive with experience in both the entertainment and high-tech industries. He is currently the vice chairman of the board of Borland Software Corp. and chairman of Laugh.com, a comedy record label. A former associate attorney at a prominent Beverly Hills entertainment law firm, Kohn served as associate editor of the Entertainment Law Reporter. Kohn also co-authored with his father the legal treatise, Kohn on Music Licensing, hailed by USA Today as the "bible of legal issues in the music world."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Kohn proves nothing but his own bias

    Kohn does not make his case at all with this poorly written screed, and in fact, succeeds in showing nothing but his own neocon agenda. What he fails to grasp is that facts are simply facts sometimes and have no inherent political bias. If the war is a complete mess, which it of course is, pronouncing it so is not a partisan judgement. As is the case, in varying degrees, with all the incidents he tediously, labourously cites. Save your money and avoid this poorly written, poisonous and partisan screed at all costs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    Kohn Hits the Nail On The Head

    Although it's been plain to discerning readers, our strictly anecdotal comments are finally backed up by Kohn's note-keeping with which he can cite chapter and verse showing how the NYT uses its news columns to promote its political agendas. Kohn also demonstrates for the unwary the various methods by which a paper can (and the Times does) turn purported objectivity into politics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    A Must-Read

    There are still a lot of people in the world who think that the New York Times is a great newspaper. This well-researched book exposes the reality of a paper that has become one huge, left-wing Op-Ed vessel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    Excellent read, well documented

    Bob Kohn does an excellent job of exposing the ways in which the media, liberal in this case, can slant the news to achieve the agenda of the liberal loons. One of the most thoroughly documented books I have read and laid out in an extremely intuitive manner. Although it could be argued that much of what this book attacks went to the wayside with the resignation of Raines as the Times editor, there is still undoubtedly a liberal bias today at the Times. Reading the newspaper, or any other form of news, will never be the same after the insight and explanation of methods outlined in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    The Truth Hurts

    Here¿s a painful book for a New York Times regular to read. Though you may realize the paper has drifted from its original objective news-reporting, and can readily identify the paper¿s news columns¿ repeated editorial prejudice, Kohn¿s detailed examination is concise and devastating. The author makes it clear his argument is with the paper¿s news-reporting, not its editorial-page stance. Repeated proof of failure (in this case, failure by the Times to preserve its objective reportorial mission) is overwhelming here. The criticism (below, ¿Reviewer, Reviewer¿) is unwarranted; the author states his mission succinctly. Those yearning for the good old days of unfiltered news will be bitterly disappointed by this book¿s conclusions. But its lesson is important: you owe it to yourself to put aside name-calling partisanship and continually seek to discover ¿all the news¿ for yourself. Can you handle the truth? Then first, read Kohn¿s book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    The New York Times Gets It Wrong

    This book will prove to be the seminal work on media bias in America.Mr.Kohn adroitly manages to be both erudite and eminently readable. His crytal clear, reasoned approach to how the NYT slants the news is quite a departure from the screeds we have come to expect from both the left and the right. A must read for people who read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    An Outstanding Work

    This is the most well-explained book I have read on the subject of media bias, carefully and logically explaining each method of bias and providing examples in each case. It is the kind of rational exploration I have been craving on this subject, perhaps because the author, like most of us, does not come from deep within a political world defined by blind partisanship. This book will make reading the newspaper a more intelligent experience. The author clearly shows how effectively a newspaper can slant a news story while giving the very misleading appearance that it is just reporting the facts. Anyone who dismisses this book as political is missing the point. It shows how the media can slant ostensible news in ANY direction. The fact that the current NYT (significant because of its great influence and historical reputation) may have been shown to slant left (at a time it has an editor who has made no secret of leftward views) is not the point, the principle itself is apolitical. Thus, this book offers great value to liberals, moderates, conservatives and everyone else. I highly recommend reading it with an open mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    Journalistic Fraud, indeed!

    In his zeal to convince the reader that the New York Times is liberally biased, Bob Kohn quibbles about them not mentioning 'the Bush administration' often enough in articles regarding successful military missions in the so-called war on terror. Being the bitter, right-wing crybaby he is, he then fabricates exxagerated, sarcastic alternate versions of the articles to 'demonstrate' how the New York Times would supposedly laude and credit Al Gore for the same successes if he were holding his true position as President. In the meantime Kohn ignores 8+ years of fabricated Clinton 'scandals' that the New York Times largely helped to propogate and/or start--mainly Whitewater, which came about in the first place because of shoddy reporting on the Times' part. I guess when it comes to 'Journalistic Fraud', it really does take one to know one. What's next-- a book entitled 'Arabs Are Too Mean to Israel', by Osama Bin Laden?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    Outstanding - and fair

    Inlike the initial review of this book on this site, Mr Kohn does not attack personalties and resort to emotional rhetoric, he simply lays out the facts . Mr Kohn, clearly someone who loves the NY Times newspaper, writes a very interesting and engrossing expose of exactly how the Times purposefully distorts the news. Mr Kohn provides a reasoned argument that the Times has lost its way and seems incapable of reporting the news without inserting its editorial opnion. Throughout the book, Mr Kohn sites numerous, real examples from the Times, and demonstrates the methods employed by the various writers to insert opinion or innuendo disguised as fact. Though the information and examples could have been dry, Mr Kohn's writing style is lively, informative and interesting. The temperment of this book is even handed, not the shrill tone of some other books purporting to expose wrong doing in other public institutions. Mr Kohn also suggests ways for the the NY Times to improve, get back to reporting real news, and continue as an important institution. I highly recommend this book. It is useful for not only tracking the distortions of the news by the NY Times, but can be applied, with equal effectiveness, to network news, CNN, Fox, et al Buy this book, it's outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    Indeed, Journalistic Fraud

    I mistakenly assumed that someone who would take the time to write a review about a book, had actually read the book. 'A Reviewer, A Reviewer' has proven me wrong. It is instructive to note that he/she omits their own name from their slasher review. The author, Mr. Kohn, has done a remarkable job of documenting the pattern the NY Times has employed in slanting the 'news' over the past few years. Read with an objective eye, one will never again read the NY Times, or any news source, the same way again. Thank you Mr. Kohn for a thoughtful and intellegent piece of work.

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