The Washington and New York-based members of the elite media establishment “don’t get religion,” New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet told National Public Radio.
— Sam Kestenbaum (@skestenbaum) December 9, 2016
“I think that the New York-based and Washington-based too probably, media powerhouses don’t quite get religion,” Baquet said in an interview this week. “We have a fabulous religion writer, but she’s all alone. We don’t get religion. We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives.”
Baquet made these comments in response to a question about how the New York Times was preparing to cover what Baquet described as the “truly unusual figure [Donald Trump] who’s about to occupy the White House.” He suggested that an improved understanding religion as an example of how the media can “understand the anger and disconnectedness that people feel.”
The Times editor has previously said that Trump “changed journalism” by being such an enormous liar. Baquet told NPR his “two big jobs” going forward involved covering “the most compelling and unusual president we have had in my lifetime,” and trying to “really understand and explain the forces in America that led to Americans wanting a change so much that they were willing to select such a different figure for the White House.”
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