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Nicknamed "The Old Gray Lady" or The Times, this newspaper was founded as The New-York Daily Times in 1851 by Henry J. Raymond[?] and George Jones as a sober alternative to the tabloids that dominated the New York journalism of the time. In its very first edition on September 18, 1851, the paper read,
The Times enjoys the reputation of being a generally reliable source of news. The editorial position of the Times is liberal in its interpretation of social issues and events.
However, the paper has been criticized by political commentators and media critics like Noam Chomsky who accused the paper of largely ignoring news stories that don't fit the agenda of the US government. The prime example he cites is his contention that the 1970s coverage of the Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia received disproporationate amount of attention using exagerrated numbers and false evidence. At the same time, he accuses the paper of underreporting the simultaneous US supported invasion of East Timor by Indonesia and distorting news stories such as from The Times to fit that agenda.
See also: New York Times bestseller list