'Ferocious Kind of Love' Behind Times-Bashing

Hating the Gray Lady, VF finds, often mirrors how one feels about relatives
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2008 3:04 PM CDT
"I%u2019ve come to see it as a ferocious kind of love," a Times columnist says. "The indignation that goes with it I%u2019m not fond of, but the message of %u2018We expect better,%u2019 I take it pretty...   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It seems these days everyone’s got a beef with the New York Times these days, so Vanity Fair set out to find out why, asking a panel of experts their thoughts. Simple envy is the primary culprit, some say; others cite "a ferocious kind of love"; the paper's "holier-than-thou" stance, even as it's in decline, also proved irksome.

“Once, it mattered. Once, it set an agenda,” Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff says of the Times. Now? “They don’t do anything right.” Conservative Jonah Goldberg thinks the Gray Lady fell out of favor with the left because of mistakes leading up to the Iraq war. But anyone who thinks it's is a bad paper ought to "soak their heads,” says Slate's Jack Shafer, a frequent detractor. “What newspaper do they think does a better job?”