FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2019:
NEW YORK CITY - The New York Times will offer MAGA (Make America Great Again) support groups at their office on Eighth Avenue in New York City and in other locations in the city. The groups were suggested by news editors and other who work for the New York Times because many at the newspaper have expressed interest in supporting the president in his reelection bid for president in 2020.
Many editors and union representatives acknowledge they have benefitted from the presidents policies since he took office in 2016. Those benefits include his impact on the stock market and employee 401K investments. Others say they have noticed more optimism and belief in America as a place that is “coming back” as an economic force nationally and internationally.
Others have noticed how businesses in the city began to thrive because of his effort to decrease and eliminate regulations that otherwise make it difficult for small business owners, like restaurant owners and entrepreneurs to do business.
A. G. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, said the newspaper wants to support people at the newspaper and in the community, despite the undercurrent of anti-Trump sentiment in the newspaper.
“It would be a dramatic change for us, meaning our newsroom, to acknowledge that people who work for us are interested in supporting the president,” Sulzberger said. “We do want to be responsive to our employees in whatever way we can, however.”
Dean Baquet, executive editor at the newspaper, said some people were opposed to offering support groups because of the virulent opposition in the city. Many NYT reporters have freely offered their opinions about the president, his personality and policies, most of which have been negative, showing their bias.
Other executives at the paper, including Meredith Kopit Levein, have questioned whether it would even be possible to work at the newspaper while freely expressing support for the president.
“We live in a city that mostly excludes other kinds of thinking, and that includes our newspaper,” Levein said. “While we would like to think that we could be open to people who may like the president, I’m not sure that other people who work here would like them to be open about it.”
The newsroom seeks as diverse, inclusive workplace, that is “essential” to the mission of seeking the truth and helping people understand the world. Yet, diversity and inclusiveness, for liberals like many who work at the NYT, usually does not mean diversity of thought and opinion.
Still, Diane Brayton, executive vice-president, general counsel and secretary, said the company should respond to and include diversity of thinking, as well diversity of background and racial inclusion and diversity.
“We need to be open to others who are different than how we think, meaning, if people support the president, they should be comfortable sharing their diverse views and thinking,” Brayton said.
Representatives at the newspaper are in the beginning stages of rolling out the support groups and would not say whether NYT office spaces would be used for the groups.
For more information about attending a support group, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (844) 698-6397. Or visit the New York Times offices at 620 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018.
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