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NY Times history
The New York Times was founded on September 18 of 1851 by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones. Raymond was also a founding director of the AP in 1856. Adolph Ochs bought the Times in 1896 and under his leadership, gained international renown. In 1897 he devised the slogan of the newspaper “All eligible news for publication”, which is often interpreted as an attack on their Yorkers competitors (the New York World and New York Journal America) known for its sensationalism. After the newspaper’s headquarters moved to a new tower on 42nd Street, the area was renamed Times Square in 1904. Nine years later, the Times opened an annex at 229 43rd Street, its current location. In 1971 began to publish the so-called Pentagon Papers (the Pentagon Papers ), a number of secret documents from the US government that contained the history of the involvement of the US in Vietnam between 1945 and 1967. The publication of these documents caused a controversy that the government had lied to the public and even to Congress about US involvement in Vietnam and the subsequent war; the government sued the newspaper and got temporarily pause of publishing the documents, but eventually all of them were published.
The Times today
Today, The New York Times is a newspaper that creates opinion and that many readers take as a reference. It is considered the “paper-archive par excellence”. Traditionally printed transcripts of important speeches and debates. The newspaper is currently owned by The New York Times Company.
The Times has won more that 100 Pulitzer Prizes, which is the recognition of the most prestigious US journalism. In 1971, NY Times discovered how the US government manipulated the information that offered its citizens on the development of the Vietnam War. In 1972, the fact that thousands of African Americans suffering from syphilis had been denied treatment for decades was brought to light.
NY Times identity correction
In November 2008, the Times benefited from a huge operation “identity correction” thanks to the work of the avant-garde group “The Yes Men”. During the operation, more than a million copies of a special issue of The New York Times were distributed, announcing dozens of “unwanted news” such as the end of the war in Iraq or the addition to the price of the goods they true cost. The special was distributed by hundreds of volunteers in several US cities and inside, the editorial of the newspaper apologized for its usual editorial line favorable to big business.