New York Times to Print Only Sports, Sunday Styles
By Kate Incandeza
NEW YORK — Citing contemporary news as “too depressing,” The New York Times has decided to print only sports stories and its Sunday Styles section from now on.
“All the news that’s fit to print makes me sad,” said Editor Bill Keller.
Asked whether he thought there could be a link between depressing news and depressed Americans, Keller responded, “That used to be the sort of hard-hitting journalism NYTimes would cover. Now I’d rather just hear about those damned Yankees.”
After months of brooding over headlines about Assad and the American economic crisis, the editors at The New York Times abruptly cut all but the paper’s most frivolous articles last Monday. Sunday Styles will now run every day, along with increased sports coverage.
Some newsy articles remain: Crib Sheet will still help readers be informed of the week’s events — but instead of recalling political gaffes, it will focus on Michael Vick’s latest run-ins with the law.
Some have critiqued the Times’ decision, but those on the paper stand by Keller. “We’re doing this for the good of society: for our readers and for ourselves. The world is a terrible place, but the newspaper doesn’t have to remind people of that,” Managing Editor Jill Abramson said. “This is a step in the right direction.”