After a long and arduous search to inject Diverse fresh blood into the leadership of the New York Times, the Times has announced:
A changing of the guard is complete as he steps back from the board of the news organization he led to 61 Pulitzer Prizes.
By Marc Tracy
Sept. 23, 2020
Because Diversity is our strength, the New York Times is replacing its white male chairman Arthur Sulzberger with a different white male Arthur Sulzberger, but one with much less hair.
No mention of the Sulzbergers’ most harrowing moment: when the NY Times had to be bailed out by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in 2009. From Time Magazine:
The 2009 TIME 100
In our annual TIME 100 issue, we do the impossible: name the people who most affect our world
BUILDERS & TITANS
By Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Thursday, Apr. 30, 2009
I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Carlos Slim. He had decided to invest in the New York Times Co. and thought it would be a good idea to get to know me and my senior colleagues. It was obvious from the moment we met that he was a true Times loyalist. We had an enjoyable conversation about what was happening in this country and everywhere else in the world. Carlos, a very shrewd businessman with an appreciation for great brands, showed a deep understanding of the role that news, information and education play in our interconnected global society.
What also became apparent is that for Carlos, insight and understanding are catalysts for action and accomplishment. This speaks to why Carlos has funded extensive public-health education programs and why he’s helped thousands of students throughout Latin America get their own laptops and learn more about digital technology.
Carlos, 69, believes that as people know more, they have a far better opportunity to change and improve their lives. As he spoke at our meeting, he conveyed the quiet but fierce confidence that has enabled him to have a profound and lasting effect on millions of individuals in Mexico and neighboring countries. Carlos knows very well how much one person with courage, determination and vision can achieve. And I am delighted that he brings those attributes to the New York Times Co., to Mexico and to the world.
Sulzberger is chairman of the New York Times Co. and publisher of the New York Times
It’s not as if the Times had never heard of the the Gemayels before. When, at the climax of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, Bashir Gemayel (the president-elect of Lebanon and Slim’s cousin-in-law) was blown up, which set off a notorious massacre of Palestinians, the headline on the New York Times’ obituary read:
Also, the NYT lost interest in reporting on how Slim exploited Mexican illegal aliens in the U.S. by charging exorbitant phone rates for them to speak with their loved ones back home. And beginning about 2010, the Times, which had recently as 2000 editorialized against amnesty for illegal aliens, mounted a fierce campaign against anybody trying to reduce the influx of Slim’s customers into the U.S.