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The gospel according to the New York times : how the world's most powerful news organization shapes your mind and values
Proctor, William.
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Nashville, Tenn : Broadman & Holman, [2000]

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xii, 308 pages ; 23 cm
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"The New York Times" is the nation's recognized newspaper of record. Through its unparalleled status as the nation's journalistic bible and the frequent replication of its views and articles in other media, the Times is literally on the doorstep every day. However, what is not unknown is the Times, far from being objective, subtly is promulgating its own comprehensive worldview and value system that runs counter to the personal beliefs of many Americans.

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William Proctor is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News. He has written or co-authored more than 70 nonfiction books

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Proctor, a former New York Daily News reporter and author of The Ressurection Report, claims that the New York Times consciously advances its own liberal social and political agenda beyond its editorial page and into its news stories. Devoting the bulk of the book to quoting directly from the paper and revealing its "seven deadly sins," Proctor does make some valid points, but some of the examples appear to be taken out of context. Merely showing the correlation between when and how society and the Times have become more liberal, Proctor fails to address adequately whether the Times itself has shaped culture or whether it is simply reporting changes that are the result of other cultural factors. Finally, Proctor repeatedly and strongly accuses the Times of being antireligious. His praise of the conservative, now-defunct Washington Times as an alternative makes one realize how much his own right-wing Christian agenda has influenced his critique of the Times. Recommended only for extensive journalism collections and where there is a large Christian audience.DCheryl Van Til, Kent Dist. Lib., Comstock Park, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part I The Rise of the New Fundamentalism
1. The New American Faithp. 2
2. Thus Saith the Times...p. 11
3. Welcome to the World of Culture Creepp. 33
4. All the Bias That's Fit to Printp. 60
5. The West 43rd Street Plan of Salvationp. 88
Part II The Seven Deadly Sins--According to the Times
6. The Sin of Religious Certaintyp. 114
7. The Sin of Conservatismp. 151
8. The Sin of Capital Punishmentp. 175
9. The Sin of Broken Public Trustp. 183
10. The Second of the Second Amendmentp. 188
11. The Sin of Censorshipp. 196
12. The Sin of Limiting Abortionp. 204
Part III The Cultural Spirits of the Times
13. The Spirits of Globalism and Multiculturalismp. 212
14. The Spirit of Total Sexual Freedomp. 224
15. The Spirits of Environmentalism and Entitlementp. 240
16. The Spirits of Scientism and Humanismp. 250
Part IV Responding to the New Fundamentalism
17. A Strategy to Combat Culture Creepp. 272
18. Is There an Authentic Voice of the People?p. 285
Appendix Research Methodologyp. 288
Glossaryp. 291
Selected Referencesp. 299
Indexp. 304