The Gray Lady became a Doddering Old Gal around the time the legendary Abe Rosenthal retired as executive editor in 1986 and the overmatched Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger Jr. succeeded his father as publisher a few years later. Dementia began setting in with the election of the hated George W. Bush in 2000, and the paper’s hold on reality has been tenuous at best ever since.

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