As The New York Times Co. prepares to close the sale of its Regional Media Group papers to Halifax Media, Dana Beyerle reflects on Alabamians’ relationship with the company’s flagship paper:
When the sale of the regional papers was announced, comments on our web pages were not kind. They went like this: New York Times, I hope you fail, you liberal, lying rag.
In conservative Alabama that’s not a surprising reaction to the great New York Times that certain people love to trash. Sometimes when people ask what I do, I tell them. Invariably the New York Times link comes up. They just stare and I know they want to trash the Times. Most are too polite.
Beyerle has good things to say about the company, though: “In going on 22 years in the capital bureau, I’ve never once had anyone from the New York Times tell me how to do a story, what to cover, how to cover it, what to include or not include, except for requests for local help as a stringer.”