The New York, New Jersey, New York is a tough place to make money in America.
Its notoriously corrupt politicians are notorious for stealing from you with the help of their henchmen, and its the city’s most dangerous street gangs that get away with murder.
So when the New Yorkers finally started doing the right thing, they started demanding more accountability from the press.
In December, the New Yorker launched a new app called #IAmTheTimes, an initiative that encourages the press to ask the right question, and to do the right story.
In doing so, the NYT has sparked a massive backlash from a vocal, but dwindling, group of journalists.
The campaign has drawn the ire of some in the press who say it encourages journalism to be “corrupt” and that it has a chilling effect on the freedom of the press itself.
The #IAMTHETHATSNYT app has helped to spark a movement against the corruption of the New Press.
The New Yorker has now launched a follow-up campaign, #IAControll, which aims to increase the voices of the marginalized in the American press.
“We know that a great many people don’t feel safe talking to the press,” says James Fallows, an investigative journalist and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
“It’s easy to see the value in asking the right, challenging questions, and asking them in a way that’s challenging for those who don’t share their worldview.”
But critics say #IACControll’s approach to asking tough questions is dangerous and that a lot of what it does has already been done in other ways.
“If you’re asking hard questions, you’re being disrespectful to people who don,t agree with you,” says Jessica Valenti, a New Yorker writer and producer.
“And that is a very, very big problem.”
The #IIAPublica campaign is different.
Instead of asking tough, honest questions, the campaign is instead a “counter-narrative” of sorts, in which people like me and you are being unfairly demonized and called liars.
It’s a counter-narcissism that allows us to reclaim our place as a public sphere, Valenti says.
And it’s a conversation that is not only needed in the face of this current crisis, but is also needed to address some of the more pressing questions that plague journalism today.
The idea that we are all part of a vast conspiracy is a dangerous myth that has been propagated to justify this type of behavior.
That, Valentisays, “really is what I’m here to talk about.
And I am a journalist, so I think we all have a stake in that.”
“I think the media is a lot more powerful than it’s ever been,” says Sam Biddle, a reporter for the New Republic, a conservative media outlet.
“The media has never been more important.”
For years, the US press has been under siege from a new and powerful set of attacks.
In the 2016 presidential election, the alt-right and white nationalists gained a foothold in the US, and the internet has changed the way people see news and information.
In 2017, WikiLeaks exposed emails from the Democratic National Committee, and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was charged with money laundering.
The US government has taken the unprecedented step of investigating journalists for possible violations of its Espionage Act, an act that has existed since 1917.
In a 2016 article in The New Republic , journalist Amy Goodman argued that “journalists have become the most powerful agents of propaganda since the end of the Civil War.”
In recent years, however, journalists have increasingly been targeted by political adversaries.
In 2016, Breitbart News published an article that alleged that an anti-Trump “alt-left” group was paying reporters to “lie about what happened.”
This same year, Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields was assaulted in a car and her car was set on fire.
On Monday, Breitbart published a story by reporter Matt Boyle that accused a New York Police Department officer of beating and assaulting Fields after she was pulled over by officers for failing to signal a lane change.
“A woman who says she was punched in the mouth by an NYPD officer and then dragged away by a cop, in the process of recording the incident on her phone, has filed a police report against the officer and the city,” Boyle wrote.
“As for why she thinks the police are lying about what occurred, she says, ‘Because they want the media to lie about their own conduct.'”
“They are trying to silence her and take her down,” said Fields.
“They want to intimidate her.”
“They’re trying to intimidate me,” said one witness.
In January, a federal judge in Brooklyn ordered a New Orleans, Louisiana, police officer to be held in contempt of court for allegedly failing to properly investigate a video of a female