• The Gray Lady Winked

  • How the New York Times's Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History
  • By: Ashley Rindsberg
  • Narrated by: Esosa Edosomwan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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The Gray Lady Winked

By: Ashley Rindsberg
Narrated by: Esosa Edosomwan
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

  • How its World War II Berlin bureau chief, a known Nazi collaborator, skewed coverage in favor of the Third Reich for over a decade.
  • Its notorious coverup of the Ukraine Famine, a genocide committed by Stalin, showing that it was the newspaper's owners who directed the coverup in order to advance their own financial and ideological interests.
  • The “1619 Project," a cynical, ideologically driven attempt to revise American history by rooting the nation's birth in slavery instead of liberty.

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.

©2021 Ashley Rindsberg (P)2021 Ashley Rindsberg

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Not the best narrator? Get over it.

In this age when people can claim “my truth” in lieu of objective truth, it is easy to understand why this author had difficulty getting this published. It contradicts the “woke” narrative. That is precisely why listeners should realize that perhaps the producers couldn’t get the “big names” in audio books to undertake it. Listen to it because it’s true, makes sense and explains what is really happening in this messed up world.

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In Defense of the Narrator

Listening to this audiobook, I had a feeling that people would roast the narrator in their reviews. Although there were several words mispronounced and some editing mistakes, I did not feel the narration took anything away from the overall quality of the audiobook. Esosa Edosomwan has a pleasant and neutral voice, which should be the only requirements from a narrator. I would choose a narrator that made pronunciation mistakes over one that tries to add drama or importance to works by the tone of her voice. And I’d especially choose the former over a male narrator that tries to mimic a female character’s voice or pronounces the “h” in what, which, where, etc.

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Terrible narration!!!

Great story but unfortunately the narration is terrible - mispronounced words, strange pauses, etc. I had to stop listening at chapter 3, it was that intolerable.

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Excellent book. Horrible performance

Interesting story but could not finish due to absolutely horrible recording and narration. Went back to the book.

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Horrible reading

The woman reading is absolutely terrible. So many mispronounced words and names, it’s embarrassing. Almost spoiled an excellent book.

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Time for a new reader - I’m begging you!

This book was highly recommended by one of my favorite people. I have come to grow to love Audible because it allows me to “read” more books than I have time for. Yay!

It is nearly impossible to continue listening to this recording because the reader - who I’m certain is a lovely person and has many good qualities - has, either absolutely no talent for reading or, nobody directed or edited this version. It is a shame really because the content is remarkable.

I have overlooked the fact that her voice is not connecting with the material whatsoever. The worst part is the many egregious pronunciations which she butchers with sledge hammer.

The last and final straw is her pronunciation of Pope Pius XII. Pee-us. I just can’t take it. I’m just going to have to read it the old fashion way.

I wish the author and publisher would listen to this version and - because there is NO WAY they have. And if they have - whew! Not good.

Again - this is nothing personal to the reader. Perhaps if there weren’t so many hiccups it might be listenable.

This is my first negative comment about Audible. I love it!!! Just not this one.

Wish I could get a refund on this purchase.

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Narration is problematic

The question of mass media malfeasance is a critical issue. Although slightly histrionic in patches, the long history of the Times’s crimes against public information are missing from many current discussions.

The biggest problem with this audiobook is the narration. The reader has a fine even voice but pronunciation is a problem for her. Repeated mispronunciation of the names of common world and historic figures, a major news agency, and locations are grating. There are even a couple hasty corrections of the text as read that seem be edited out in other Audible narrations.

Still the book provides important historic perspective and should be understood in weighing current news reporting.

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The Dark History of The New York Times

The history of the The New York Times needed to be told. It is a depressing and dark history. With this book, you will know the truth behind the atrocities that The New York Times helped cover up, and in some situations helped create.

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Absolutely horribly narrated.

Several mispronunciations, horrible phrasing and intonation. Content was OK, although most was covered in the brief introduction with not much important thereafter. 1619 Project was enlightening.

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EYE OPENING

Should be required reading for anyone who ever reads any newspaper. I k ew the NYT was biased but did not know how egregious and down right treasonous some of their reporters had been.

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  • Gavin Morrice
  • 04-20-22

Interesting book, poorly narrated.

I enjoyed this book, and found the arguments and evidence presented by the author to be important and interesting.

The narrator of this edition really spoiled the book though. Mispronounced words and names, repeated phrases (poor editing), and the obvious jumping from one recording session to another are some of the more glaring problems. But the narrator generally comes across as uninterested and bored.

By all means, get this book. But find another version.