Cowardice, thy name is NYTPicker?

The de facto Tea Makers of the New York Times, the NYTPicker, explains why he, she, it, or they remain anonymous (really, pseudonymous):

Our goal was – and is – to offer information you can’t get anywhere else.

We’ve broken news stories…, reported on patterns… and spotlighted the career paths of little-known NYT personnel…. We also try to catch the NYT publishing inferior journalism – which it often does…. We showcase bad ledes. We like stuff, too….

[T]hen why do we remain anonymous? Shouldn’t we be proud enough of our Web site to put our names on it? A reasonable question.

The answer is that if you knew who we were, it would compromise our ability to function. Everything we say would become filtered through the reader’s perception of our qualifications, our conflicts, and our personalities. This way, for better or worse, you focus on what we say, not who we are. We like that.

We don’t like the “coward” label very much… because it doesn’t really apply to us…. The NYTPicker sticks to the NYT itself, and to the people inside it. Everything we write about is public. Sometimes we go for a laugh, but hey, that’s show biz.

Oh, and by the way: We love the NYT. Isn’t that obvious?

While there are noticeable differences between the NYTPicker and the Tea Makers that commenters will instantly seize upon, the Picker’s post neatly summarizes the issues involved. Fundamentally, though, both organs operate in a climate of fear. Surely it says something that only the outside-the-Corpse writers of the Tea Makers make their identities known. Then again, the NYTPicker’s evaluation is correct in that the Tea Makers writers with known identities are the ones ritually attacked for who they are. (I would settle for a way to keep the various Anonymoose distinct.)

Meanwhile, who is John Galt?


  1. Fake Ouimet
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 10:20 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    King Cobb Steelie! I loved that band! For five minutes!

  2. king cobb steelie
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Joe –

    No John Galt, no Radio 3. It’s as simple as that. Lemme connect a few dots for you.

    * Galt, a ‘popular scottish author’ drew up the plan for the city of Guelph.

    * The city grew for 175 years, and expanded to include the infamous ‘Ward’ neighbourhood

    * Tons of indie kids populated the Ward for its low rents and laissez-faire approach to loud noise at all hours. Members of Constantines, Royal City, Bar Mitzvah Bros. and so many more lived there

    * These sounds from the Ward were parlayed into a low-overhead clearing house that raised serious questions about CBC Radio’s commitment to new independent music

    Oh shit. You meant Atlas Shrugged. TL;DR.

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