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UPDATE: ‘The Gatekeeper: 60 Years of Economics According to the New York Times’ by Robert Chernomas

Council of Canadians Board member Robert Chernomas has a new book (co-authored with Ian Hudson) titled, The Gatekeeper: 60 Years of Economics According to The New York Times.

The description of the book notes that, “The New York Times can make a legitimate claim to be the most influential newspaper in the U.S. and possibly the world. Because of its influence, the Times has become a central figure in the debate over the direction of bias in the media, with some claiming that it is left-wing or liberal and others arguing that it is right-wing or conservative. But the liberal-conservation media debate is very misleading. The Gatekeeper argues that the Times can more accurately be characterized as supporting long run profitability for U.S. business, which involves both liberal and conservative policies in different contexts. Through a thorough examination of the Times’ star commentators and its coverage of the issues of macroeconomics, regulation, foreign policy and the 2008-2009 economic crisis, The Gatekeeper refocuses the debate about the bias of the most venerable institution in U.S. journalism.”

One review of the book, by Robert W. McChesney, co-author of The Death and Life of American Journalism, states that, “Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson had written one of the most sophisticated and original works of journalism criticism in years in The Gatekeeper. No one will ever view the New York Times or American journalism the same after reading this book. In view of the deep problems facing the U.S. and global economy our need for first-rate journalism has never been greater. Thanks to Chernomas and Hudson, we now know what to expect — and not to expect– from the New York Times, and why. This is going to be required reading for media critics, students, scholars and concerned citizens.”

More on The Gatekeeper at http://www.paradigmpublishers.com/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=215112.