Who but the New York Times does this: The foppishness of the New York Times is its defining characteristic. For roughly a million groaning examples, see yesterday's Sunday edition.
(We'll suggest you start with this. Trust us—it's worse than you'll see. Embarrassing facts have gone AWOL.)
After we marvel at the foppishness, we move to the famous newspaper's endless incompetence. Consider the bungled graphic which accompanies Charles Blow's new column today.
The column itself is empty enough. Blow's graphic is groaningly bungled.
"How Voters See Trump," the graphic's headline says. It proceeds to offer three sets of responses from last week's NYT/CBS poll.
The second entry says what follows. Who but the New York Times does this?
"Do you think Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy, or not?"Earlier, at the coffee joint, we stared at those data in our hard-copy Times. Obviously, something seemed to be wrong with that presentation.
Honest and Trustworthy: 62
Not Honest and Trustworthy: 32
We took a wild guess! Some stumblebum at the New York Times had presented responses from Republican voters, not from voters overall. (Rather clearly, the first part of Blow's graphic recorded responses from all voters to a different question concerning Trump.)
Sure enough—that's what happened! In the first data set presented by Blow, he recorded the responses from all voters. In that second response, he's giving responses from Republican voters. There is no notice that a switch has occurred.
How does a major newspaper make such a groaning mistake? We're not sure, but the New York Times does so all the time.
This latest gong-show occurred in a high-profile location, on the paper's hard-copy op-ed page. But so what? As we type, it's 9 A.M., and the hapless newspaper still hasn't corrected this obvious howler.
Completing the hat trick, Blow's graphic includes a set of responses to a third question about Trump. There too, it seems fairly clear that Blow has presented responses by Republican voters, not by all voters. But it's hard to say for sure, because the link the Times provides to this poll's results doesn't report that this third question was ever asked at all. New York Times readers, go figure!
Blow's graphic involves two groaning mistakes. Meanwhile, it's 9 A. M. Do you know where the children are—the feckless, silly, foppish souls who compose the New York Times?