The New York Times: the Heartbeat of the City and of the Freedom of the Press

The New York Times

The New York Times vs. Freedom of the Press?

The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851 and shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857.

It has the largest circulation of any metropolitan newspaper in the US and has won 111 Pulitzer prizes over its history.

No doubt, Frederick Law Olmsted himself read it throughout his life in the city. Coincidentally, The Times began publication the very year he and Calvert Vaux won the design commission to construct Central Park.

As a newspaper, The Times has been involved in a handful of scandals over its history, but the most blatant (in my opinion) was the 13-month delay in publishing the story of the National Security Administrations warrantless surveillance program leaked to the newspaper in 2004, just prior to the presidential election.

The newspaper would have continued to refuse to publish the story under pressure from the Bush administration had one of the reporters not threatened to publish a book on the subject independently.

This egregious violation of the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights was not something I was going to let pass unnoticed in my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, where I seek to demonstrate what happens when freedom of the press becomes non-existent.

 

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