NYT refutes Trump’s subscriber loss claim

NYT refutes Trump’s subscriber loss claimPhoto: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

The New York Times has hit back at claims by US President-elect Donald Trump that the paper is shedding subscribers because of its election coverage.

Mr Trump took to Twitter to brand the paper’s coverage of the “Trump phenomena” as very poor, highly inaccurate and responsible for the loss of thousands of subscribers.

The New York Times said it had received a surge in new print and digital subscriptions and that trends and stops and starts were four times better than normal.

The Twitter spat follows a letter sent to subscribers this week in which the paper said it underestimated Trump’s support and recommitted itself to “the fundamental mission of Times journalism”.

“That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favour, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences,” the letter read.

“We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.”

The paper also circulated a letter to staff asserting that the Trump administration would be covered fairly and without bias.

“We will look within and beyond Washington to explore the roots of the anger that has roiled red and blue America. If many Americans no longer seem to understand each other, let’s make it our job to interpret and explain,” The Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger told staff in a letter.

Mr Trump has been a vocal critic of the media throughout his campaign and even enacted a brief ban on certain news outlets covering his events because of what he deemed as unfair coverage. Those outlets included The Washington Post, Huffington Post, the Daily Beat, Politico and Buzzfeed.

The New York Times’ letter to subscribers and staff

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