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The New Yorker was once a renowned for their fact checking and quality. Then David Remnick took over as Editor and they became the cheap partisan low-quality mock-worthy rag that they are today. This details just a small portion of that.


Examples

  • This material came from Dave Dix

Ozone Man

Remnick went into a bit of a tizzy when he reviewed Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and wrote: "[Gore] insists that we focus on what likely will be an uninhabitable planet if we fail to pay attention to the folly we are committing" . . . Um, "uninhabitable planet"? I guess it will be eventually, when the sun burns out. SO I suppose you could defend it that way and have it qualify as a “fact.” Here’s the one Remnick one I remember. There were others. But the planet has warmed 1 degree in the last century, and isn't on track to warm more than 1 degree in the coming century. It really is indefensible to write "uninhabitable planet,” unless you either take the Sophist approach and stretch it out to millions of years, or alternately, simply transform it into meaningless metaphor (e.g., "Manhattan is uninhabitable today!")

Oh, New Yorker! How far you have fallen!

Their correction of a supposed "editing error" itself contains an egregious error. Althouse / March 29, 2014... Jeffrey Toobin, the legal correspondent, radically misrepresents the issue at stake in the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby case. Ann Althouse (commentator, lawyer), takes apart his mistake here. http://bit.ly/1j1ooZf . . . Then, when issuing a correction in response to Althouse, the New Yorker misspells and mis-names the Solicitor General of the U.S. It was all on transcript. A fact checker consulting the transcript would easily have revealed the error. But the much more egregious one was the way in which Toobin mischaracterized what the religious freedom law was all about; its not in dispute; Toobin just got it wrong.

Fact Checking the New Yorker

Powerline / 2012... John Hinderaker on some errors in the Koch article. [There were more in this piece by Mayer on the Kochs. The piece totally misquoted Veronique de Rugy, which was the first thing I spotted, so I wrote her, and have her email saying yes, they lied. So I wrote the New Yorker and cc:ed Sy Hersh and now the de Rugy reference is gone from the New Yorker piece. --DD ]

Writer quits New Yorker over fabricated Dylan quotes

Globe and Mail / 2012... Jonah Lehrer makes up Bob Dylan quotes. [This was on the website, not the printed version.]

Leftist claims New Yorker dismally wrong about Chavez

... “I imagine that Remnick’s reference to “one of the magazine’s best fact checkers” is accurate if you read it in terms of . . . “one of the healthiest entrees from Macdonald’s”.

Not Here At The New Yorker

Brills Content / 1999... fake employees at the New Yorker: on a fictional character named "Owen Ketherry" that used to answer reader's letters. “Asked if he thought it appropriate that The New Yorker lies whenever it sends a written response to readers, editor David Remnick says, "I don't think it's a lie; it's an institutional rubric." Calling the Owen Ketherry tradition "harmless," he continues, "the key thing here is that letters are answered institutionally.””

A Bridge to Nowhere

A review of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, by David Remnick (Knopf, 672 pp., $29.95)... “Remnick is constitutionally unable to come to grips with Obama’s parochialism, since he shares its assumptions. There is, however, an interesting book to be written about Obama, using a bridge as a metaphor. It would describe Obama as the bridge between the liberal paternalism of Hyde Park, the University of Chicago neighborhood where he lived, and the Third World–like poverty of the black neighborhoods that surround it. It would be the story of how Black Power, which supposedly rejected liberal paternalism, came to live comfortably with it even as neighborhoods like the South Side of Chicago were left to suffer from its illusions.”

Black Like Me

A review of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama... “At root, though, Remnick is without a drop of cynicism as to why Obama, as both a youth and a middle-aged man, might consider a confident blackness of a politicized kind to be something worthy of aspiring to. The struggle for racial equality appears in these pages as a moral lodestar, the only real litmus test of contemporary political morality. Mastering the history and rhetoric of civil rights, reading the rest of American history through it, rendering one's personality acceptable to those who speak in its name—to Remnick, all of this is so self-evidently admirable as to need no explanation.

Artful Shape Shifting

David Remnick believes in Barack Obama... “Remnick’s anxiety (and not necessarily Obama’s) reflects a growing anxiety among liberals that the civil rights movement in which they’d invested so much energy and emotional capital has stalled short of the promised land, with the black leaders who attempted to cross that bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, celebrated by Obama and giving this book its title, having been succeeded in large part by hucksters, hustlers, and con men.”

Goodbye to 'The New Yorker'

Under the editorship of David Remnick, politics has come to the fore of the magazine.