This is how a media, that are supposed to be in competition with one another, instead covers for one another. (see photo above)
The “boy” just happens to be the son of CNN chief Jeff Zucker.
The story the New York Times is quite deliberately playing down is the story about the 15-year-old son of a cable news network chief who was given stock options and a seat on the board of an Internet start-up company owned by Cory Booker, a prominent Democrat running for the United States Senate in New Jersey.
Headlines are supposed to draw people to the story. But this headline is designed to make people chuckle at the thought of some nobody kid getting a spot on Booker’s board; the headline certainly isn’t designed to explain the story at a glance.
So now the New York Times can claim that it is on record reporting this media/political scandal — but they are doing so in a way that does as little damage as possible to Zucker and Booker.
You think if the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, had a 15-year-old son enjoying stock options and a seat on the board of one of Chris Christie’s companies that the New York Times headline would be so intentionally cryptic?
That is a rhetorical question.
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