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In 10 chapters, The Gray Lady Winked shows how the news media’s flagship outlet, The New York Times, radically—and deliberately—alters history through misreporting, fabrications & distortions.

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Think a newspaper can’t be responsible for mass murder? Think again.

As flagship of the American news media, the New York Times is the world’s most powerful news outlet. With thousands of reporters covering events from all corners of the globe, the Times has the power to influence wars, foment revolution, shape economies and change the very nature of our culture. It doesn’t just cover the news: it creates it.

But the institution that is the New York Times is showing cracks. No longer the fact-stringing paper of record once known as the Gray Lady, the Times has become a political lightning rod that divides more often than it unites. It is frequently beset by scandal and has even emerged as a symbol of the political, cultural and social ills plaguing our society.

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The Gray Lady Winked pulls back the curtain on this illustrious institution to reveal a quintessentially human organization where ideology, ego, power and politics compete with the more humble need to present the facts. In its 10 gripping chapters, The Gray Lady Winked offers readers an eye-opening, often shocking, look at the New York Times’s greatest journalistic failures, so devastating they changed the course of history.

These are the stories that mattered most, including the Times’s disastrous coverage of the:

Second World War – Holocaust – Rise of the Soviet Union – Cuban Revolution – Vietnam War – Second Palestinian Intifada – Atomic Bombing of Japan – Iraq War – Founding of America

The result is an essential look at the tangled relationship between media, power and politics in a post-truth world told with novelistic flair to reveal a uniquely powerful institution’s tortured relationship with the truth.

Most importantly of all, The Gray Lady Winked presents a cautionary tale that shows what happens when the guardians of the truth abandon that sacred value in favor of self-interest and ideology—and what this means for our future as much as for our past.

Hardcover, First, 284 pages
Published May 3rd 2021

by Midnight Oil Publishers
ISBN 1736703307 

(ISBN13: 9781736703304)

Chapter by chapter, The Gray Lady Winked unpacks episodes of major journalistic failure at the New York Times. These are the stories you haven’t heard, including the:

  • Revelation the Times’ Berlin bureau chief during WWII was a known Nazi-collaborator & the catastrophic ways this played out in the paper’s war reporting.
    • The still untold story behind the Times’ infamous Russia correspondent, Walter Duranty, and why the scandal is much bigger than anyone knows.
  • High-level manipulation by Times correspondents David Halberstam & Neil Sheehan resulting in the overthrow of the Vietnamese government at a critical time.
  • Propagation of a jihadist myth by two Times Mideast reporters during the Second Palestinian Intifada that motivated the murder of an American reporter.
  • The Times’ owners deliberate effort to bury news of the Holocaust—and what this meant for the doomed effort to save Europe’s Jews.
  • The Times’ creation of the myth of Fidel Castro as a democratic leader out a communist rebel on the brink of defeat. 
  • Attempt to rewrite American history with the infamous 1619 Project as part of a deliberate effort to commandeer America’s national story for political aims.


“The New York Times is by far the most influential newspaper in the world and thus receives far too little journalistic scrutiny due to its power to affect careers. Any book that casts a critical eye on the Paper of Record’s history, as this book does, is performing a valuable service.”

—Glenn Greenwald, Journalist and New York Times Bestseller

“In an account brimming with fascinating, if morbid, detail, Ashley Rindsberg rigorously exposes the dark side of the New York Times. For 99 years—since a 1922 description of Hitler as someone ‘actuated by lofty, unselfish patriotism’—it has labored under the shadow of its dynastic owners’ triad of problems: capitalist guilt, Jewish self-hatred, and an ambition for power, wealth, and status. The Times‘ importance means the family’s issues have done much damage.”

–Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum

“With the researcher’s eye for the damning detail and the novelist’s feel for the egos and appetites that animate great characters, Ashley Rindsberg has produced an eminently readable account of why a formerly great American newspaper betrayed its principles and how its decline made us all the poorer. Anyone curious about the New York Times’s path to perdition would do well to begin with this well-crafted story of ideological convictions obscuring grim realities, big personalities obscuring dogged truth-tellers, and unearned reputations obscuring a slow and sad fall from grace.”

—Liel Leibovitz, Editor-at-Large, Tablet Magazine

“This book is a bracing, urgent reminder of the devastating real-world consequences that arise when an important institution falls in love with the sound of its own voice and puts its power in the service of myth creation on behalf of elites.”

—Jenny Holland, Author & Former Times Staffer

About Ashley Rindsberg

Ashley Rindsberg is an Israel-based author whose work focuses on the struggle for truth and meaning in an age of crisis. Rindsberg has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, and Publisher’s Weekly. 

Rindsberg, who studied philosophy at Cornell University, contributed to a history of science archive project for MIT and later worked at Internet Archive, where he helped bring the Internet Bookmobile to Egypt’s Library of Alexandria.

Rindsberg, who was born in South Africa and raised in Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Southern California, attended Cornell University, where he studied Philosophy of Science and participated in an MIT-led digital archive project.

Rindsberg’s first book, Tel Aviv Stories, “an inventive, empathetic set of character studies” (Kirkus), shines a light on the underclass of a city rooted in a Levantine past but racing towards a globalized future.

In 2010, Rindsberg traveled to Nicaragua to investigate the disappearance and death of his best friend. With his research complete, Rindsberg spent a year in France working on He Falls Alone, a novel inspired by his experience in Nicaragua. Rindsberg currently lives in Israel’s Emek Hefer region .

Website : thegrayladywinked.com, GoodReads and others‘ reviews .