A shareholder of The New York Times confronted its publisher about the newspaper's "1619 Project" – which states that every American accomplishment, blessing or good deed is tainted by slavery. The response left the investor wanting.
The New York Times developed "The 1619 Project" last year and pushed lesson plans out to schools so America's public school students could hear about the alleged racist roots of the Land of Liberty. Serious historians howled at the fiction, and the Times had to walk back many of the claims.
Christopher Arps of Project 21 attended a shareholders' meeting this week and asked if the paper planned on publicizing the retraction as hard as it did the rollout:
Arps: "The New York Times has invested significant resources in its 1619 Project, built upon the premise that everything in American history is irrevocably built on and tainted by slavery. Many well-respected historians from a wide array of backgrounds have stepped forward to challenge the premises and factual assertions of the Project, particularly the claim that U.S. independence was motivated by a desire to break from an abolitionist Britain.
"The Times has finally admitted its error. Will it now go back to correct the record with the vigor with which it distorted it, and ensure that schools using 1619 Project materials are not teaching falsehoods?"
Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger's replied:
Sulzberger: "The 1619 Project has been widely read and praised by many of the nation's preeminent historians. It also certainly has its critics, some of whom disagree with some of its conclusions. And one of the things that we've tried hard to do throughout the project is simply to encourage dialogue between those with different perspectives. And we think that that debate has been of real value to the people."
Scott Shepard of the National Center for Public Policy Research says Sulzberger's answer was completely inadequate.
"We asked them what they were going to do to correct it, and they made it perfectly clear that the answer was 'nothing at all,'" Shepard tells OneNewsNow.
"Sulzberger and his colleagues patted themselves on the back for 'starting a discussion,'" says Shepard, "failing even to acknowledge that the 'discussion' has arisen primarily to correct the paper's glaring errors."
Arps adds: "Objective newspapers do not 'start dialogues' by spreading falsehoods, nor do they fail to correct their errors when forced to acknowledge them. The 1619 Project makes clear, once and for all, that the Times in 2020 is … a vicious caricature of its once respectable self."
Shepard says that while the NYT is no longer a reliable "newspaper of record," it is a tool that progressives use to push propaganda out to the American people.
"The whole point of this 1619 Project appears have been to put out woke propaganda without any concern at all – or with the actual intention – of polluting our student's minds with absolute factual untruth in order to get them to believe bad things about the country," Shepard concludes.
As OneNewsNow reported in August, The 1619 Project included a special issue of The New York Times Magazine as well as a five-part audio series that was a part of an educational curriculum planned for distribution to high schools and universities last fall.