Saying they “are refusing to do business with a company that is undermining our values, our society and our nation,” Accuracy in Media has announced a boycott of both the print and online versions of the New York Times along with a web site to further the cause.
Accuracy in Media is America’s oldest non-profit press watchdog group, having been established in 1969. The group has monitored the New York Times since its inception. A boycott of the publication appears to be unprecedented.
“The Times has, over the course of decades, blatantly distorted the news to advance an ideological agenda,” notes Don Feder, the editor of the Boycott The New York Times website. “The Times’ persistent bias is reflected in its double standard in coverage of liberals and conservatives, its misreporting of election news, the hidden assumptions that underlie news stories and in the palpable imbalance in commentary. While The Times is notorious for editorials thinly disguised as ‘news coverage,’ during a presidential election, its fangs really come out.”
Feder added, “When a company manufactures dangerously defective products, despite repeated warnings, consumer advocates have both a right and a duty to organize a boycott. The Times is manufacturing a product (‘news coverage’), which is both defective and dangerous. By boycotting The New York Times, we are refusing to do business with a company that is undermining our values, our society and our nation.”
AIM’s Boycott The New York Times campaign includes the BoycottNYT.com website, articles and commentary, and a petition whose signers pledge to boycott The Times – both print and online editions – as well as New York Times advertisers.