The New York Times boasts it publishes “All the news that’s fit to print.” Great. Except that the paper’s definition of news includes its own opinions, agenda, guesswork, imagination and speculation. Great example was in a Sept. 3, 2020, story headlined (in the Boston Globe): “Democrats game out an early Trump lead.” The story says that Democrats (only two are named) are thinking of what happens after the election. What if Trump leads in early ballot counting? Would Trump claim victory? Would Trump say the election is rigged? A lot of questions, a lot of guesses and no answers, since it’s all speculation and conjecture.
File under: Speculation in the guise of hard news.