In a case of what can only be described as pure irony, The New York Times aired a fake news ad in a story decrying fake news and the death of facts.
The article is an editorial piece called “Truth and Lies in the Age of Trump” which was published on Saturday. In the article, the NYTimes’ editorial board discussed the decay of facts in a Walter Cronkite-less era which is dominated by truth-spinners like President-elect Donald Trump.
Ironically, at the middle of the article is the ranting about the end of reliable news and a story claiming Alec Baldwin was dead at age 58. Executive editor John Cook of Gizmodo took a screenshot of the ad and posted it to Twitter on December 10th.
ad for fake news in nyt editorial on the death of facts pic.twitter.com/SzPw3s83UV
â€” John Cook (@johnjcook) December 10, 2016
New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman and senior staff editor Michael Roston replied to Cook’s tweet on both Saturday and Sunday:
â€” John Cook (@johnjcook) December 12, 2016
And the other tweet:
@johnjcook I’ve reported this internally. Thx for flagging it. Wish you didn’t have to.
â€” Michael Roston (@michaelroston) December 11, 2016
This isnâ€™t the first time the New York Times has had this problem. It occurred enough to warrant a Nov. 23 piece by public editor Liz Spayd titled, â€œCondemning â€˜Fake News,â€™ but Running Fake-News Ads.â€