Yikes! Even the NYT gets into 007 sweepstakes stories

Tom Hiddleston's expression here is close to our reaction to the NYT story

Tom Hiddleston’s expression here is close to our reaction to the NYT story

Say it isn’t so, Gray Lady.

The New York Times, considered one of the best newspapers, if not the best newspaper, in the world couldn’t resist doing a James Bond story based on the activities of U.K. bookies who don’t actually know what’s going on.

Over the past few days, British bookmaker Coral stopped taking bets on who the next James Bond will be. That’s because there were a surge of bets in favor of British actor Tom Hiddleston.

The surge, in turn, occurred because of U.K. tabloid stories that Eon Productions co-boss Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall and SPECTRE director Sam Mendes had a late-night dinner recently with the 35-year-old actor.

This is what bookies do. They adjust odds based on bets. And if there are too many bets for one candidate, they stop making bets because they won’t make money.

Various U.K. tabloids have written up the Coral action. So has the BBC.  But The Times evidently felt it was now a matter for its attention.

The Times doesn’t actually bring any reporting to the issue. The story mostly cites other outlets. You know,  the way, blogs like ours (that are way, way down the media food chain), do.

Imagine the reaction when there’s actual news to report.

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3 Responses

  1. Can you please provide your source for claiming the NYT as one of the best newspapers? Best at what, exactly?

  2. Here are a few over a period of years. A number detail the Times’ financial challenges. If you disagree, well fine.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-fleetwood/new-york-times_b_4733274.html

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/jan/11/new-york-times-credit-crunch

    http://www.britannica.com/topic/The-New-York-Times

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/01/end-times/307220/

    http://www.journalism.org/2006/12/04/the-times-wins-a-straw-poll/

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/media/2011/11/3970412/journal-times-and-news-among-top-five-biggest-selling-papers-us-post-n

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pulitzer_Prizes_awarded_to_The_New_York_Times

    http://www.politico.eu/blogs/spence-on-media/2016/05/how-the-new-york-times-plans-to-conquer-the-world/

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2009/05/new-york-times200905

    http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/12/17/the-best-english-newspapers/

    http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/Top50/Top50-CurrentUS.htm

  3. And the latest rumour is that it will be some pretty boy named Theo James.

    Have you seen The Night Manger? If so, what was your impression of it as a “Bond-style” series? I loved it; and thought it rich in the characterization that is perhaps impossible in a Bond film. Hugh Laurie and Tom Hollander were especially good as villains.

    Most importantly, what The Night Manager suggests to me, in relation to Bond, is the necessity of a good screenplay.

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