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The New York Times is being mocked by critics for shooting capitalism in its daily crossword puzzle, referring to the system that drives the US economy as fostering greed.
In Tuesday’s “The Crossword,” the liberal newspaper dropped a clue describing the “49 DOWN” column as a “Vice fostered by capitalism,” to which “Greed” was the answer.
Critics quickly took to social media to poke fun at the Times, with one joking that no one living in socialist countries was ever greedy for anything, and another suggesting that “The Crossword” was becoming as “ridiculous” as the newspaper’s opinion pages.
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“Wow. Years ago when I worked there it was a big newspaper. If it stays on the current trajectory it won’t be a newspaper at all. Just another propaganda medium,” said writes Clifford May, a former New York Times reporter. and founder of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
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The Times’ view of capitalism as a vice of greed seemed to continue its tendency to criticize the economic system.
A 2019 article published as part of the newspaper’s controversial 1619 Project stated that to understand the “brutality” of capitalism in America, one must “start with the plantation”, referring to slavery in America.
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Another article published in late 2020 claimed that the coronavirus pandemic showed capitalism to be “inadequate”, albeit “unbelievable”.
Along with criticism of capitalism by some in the liberal media, socialism’s popularity continued to rise with those on the political left across the United States.
A Fox News poll last year found that a majority of Democrats favored socialism over capitalism, with 59% having a positive view of the former and 49% a positive view of the latter.