You need to see no further than this opinion piece to see where NYT gets the reputation of being such an amazingly stupid newspaper. Really, NYT? This is the best piece that you can write about a space mission to Mars? Continue doling out such amazing drivel please – the National Enquirer was starting to feel a bit lonely.
Among mainstream media, NYT still has some respect, but this is not a complement to NYT. Rather this is the knockout punch for mainstream media.