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The New York Times is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York.

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,

"We publish today the first issue of the New-York Daily Times, and we intend to issue it every morning (Sundays excepted) for an indefinite number of years to come."
Adolph Ochs acquired the Times in the 1890s and under his guidance the newspaper achieved an international scope, circulation, and reputation. It is currently owned by The New York Times Company.

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.

In response to the tragedy of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack, the paper posted the series called "Portraits of grief[?]" [1] (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/national/portraits/)

In 2003, the Times admitted to journalism fraud committed over a span of several years by one of its reporters, Jayson Blair.

See also: New York Times bestseller list

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