August 19, 2016
Joe Bob Briggs: ‘I can prove to a mathematical certainty that The New York Times will endorse Donald Trump for president’
Joe Bob Briggs writes:
Here’s David Shipley, former op-ed editor of the Times, explaining in 2004 how it works:
“If the editorial page…has a forceful, long-held view on a certain topic, we are more inclined to publish an Op-Ed that disagrees with that view. If you open the newspaper and find the editorial page and Op-Ed in lock step agreement or consistently writing on the same subject day after day, then we aren’t doing our job.”
So the editorial page and the op-ed page can never be in agreement.
There are 83 days until the election. If all 11 Times op-ed columnists stopped writing about Trump and concentrated on, say, Kevin Durant going to the Golden State Warriors, and if half of the guest essays between now and Nov. 8 were devoted to each candidate, and if every essay about Trump were positive, you still couldn’t get to a Trump-positive number.