Michael Goodwin: The New York Times has changed more than any news organization in America

Not so long ago, The New York Times was the most trusted newspaper in America, maybe even the world.

People bought it and read it because they believed it was a straight shooter.

The quaint Page 1 motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” promised superior judgment and taste. The paper was often boring because it presented the news in a dispassionate fashion and didn’t take sides, but that restraint was the source of its credibility.

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Because of its plodding thoroughness, it was dubbed the “Gray Lady” and the “paper of record.” A popular joke about its importance held that you weren’t dead unless your obit appeared in the Times.

Oh, for the days.

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