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The New York Times’ Jayson Blair scandal wasn’t the first journalistic fraud perpetrated by the paper, but rather the culmination of years of often subtle, insidious distortion of reality for political purposes, charges a new book published by WND Books.
In “Journalistic Fraud,” author Bob Kohn shows how the original founding vision of the Times was hijacked by those with a political agenda who used the prestigious paper to spread a dangerous form of propaganda.
“Once you’ve read this book, you’ll never read the Times – or any newspaper – the same way again,” says Joseph Farah, editor of WorldNetDaily and co-founder of WND Books. “This book could spell the beginning of the end of the Times’ reign as America’s newspaper of record.”
Kohn shows how the influence of the Times goes beyond its million-plus readers. With 650 subscribers to its daily wire service, tens of millions of Americans across the heartland are “being subjected to the bias and dishonesty of the Times in their local newspapers.”
Over the years, Kohn writes, he has seen his favorite newspaper become increasingly corrupted by its flagrantly political management. The journalistic fraud Kohn exposes is perpetuated in three main ways:
- slanting the presentation of the facts in leads, headlines, and placement
- utilizing polls, labels, and loaded language to hoodwink readers
- staffing the newsroom with hacks who manipulate the news to further a leftist political agenda
Bob Kohn is an attorney and seasoned executive with experience in both the entertainment and high-tech industries. A prize-winning essayist, he co-authored the legal treatise, “Kohn on Music Licensing,” which USA Today called “the bible of legal issues in the music world.” The founder of E.Music.com, Inc., he served as associate editor of the Entertainment Law Reporter. Currently, Kohn is vice chairman of the board of Borland Software Corporation.
“Journalistic Fraud” is the first major publishing broadside against the New York Times since the Jayson Blair scandal.