Media outlets, across the board, use every trick in the book, smoke and mirrors, to manipulate issues and elections. So do the politicians.
I think we all should be concerned that the media, and not just the NYT, is pushin' 24/7 to control our minds. FOX, MSNBC, NYT, WSJ, CNN. They are all not much more, if any, than the National Enquirer these days.
Hell, sue 'em all. I don't care.