The New York Times Opinion Pages and Editorial Board display a Left media bias.
Important Note: AllSides provides a separate media bias rating for the The New York Times news pages.
This page refers to The New York Times Opinion page, including op-ed writers and the Editorial Board. Not all Opinion writers for the New York Times display a left-wing bias; we rate many individual writers separately (see end of this page). While there are some right-leaning opinion writers at the Times, overall the Opinion page and Editorial Board has a strong Left bias. Our media bias rating takes into account both the overall bias of the source’s editorial board and the paper’s individual opinion page writers. The editorial board’s bias is weighted, and affects the bias rating by roughly 60%.
Table of Contents
- Sept. 2018 Editorial Review
- Accusations of New York Times Bias
- Individual Political Biases of New York Times Opinion Writers
Sept. 2018 Editorial Review
In Sept. 2018, the AllSides team conducted an extensive Editorial Review of the New York Times Editorial Board. We found the New York Times Editorial Board to be consistently Left. The team could not find even one example of an editorial piece with a Center or Right perspective. Every headline was Left in position, headline, and choice of topic.
Running pieces that declare such perspectives as, "Republicans seem determined to brand themselves the party of sexual harassment and abuse," the New York Times Editorial Board never writes favorably or sympathetically about the Republican Party, its members or ideas. We found The New York Times Editorial Board engages in some sensationalism around issues, contributing to its Far Left stance.
It's important to note that editorials from any news publication take a specific side on issues the board deems important. The New York Times Editorial Board consistently displays a Far Left stance on policies and issues of the day.
Accusations of New York Times Bias
In a July 2020, writer Bari Weiss publicly resigned from the New York Times, citing media bias, an internal culture hostile to new or different perspectives, and "constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views." Weiss said she was originally hired to bring to the Times' Opinion page the voices of "first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home."
“Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor," Weiss wrote. "As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.”
"My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views," she continued. "They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in."
In June 2020, New York Times Editorial Page Editor James Bennet resigned amid reports of anger inside the company over the publication of an op-ed titled "Send in the Troops" by Sen. Tom Cotton about Summer 2020 protests/riots following the death of George Floyd.
Cotton accused the paper of bias, saying on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," "The New York Times editorial page editor and owner defended [running the piece] in public statements, but then they totally surrendered to a woke child mob from their own newsroom that apparently gets triggered if they're presented with any opinion contrary to their own, as opposed to telling the woke children in their newsroom this is the workplace, not a social-justice seminar on campus."
Individual Political Biases of New York Times Opinion Writers
Not all NYT Opinion columnists have a Left or Lean Left bias; AllSides rates New York Times Opinion page writers separately. View media bias ratings for individual writers:
- Michelle Alexander
- Charles M. Blow
- David Brooks
- Frank Bruni
- Roger Cohen
- Gail Collins
- Ross Douthat
- Maureen Dowd
- Thomas L. Friedman
- Michelle Goldberg
- Nicholas Kristof
- Paul Krugman
- David Leonhardt
- Bret Stephens