The Times purports to be the "newspaper of record". They have a higher responsibility than the usual tabloid to be objective about the news. There are hundreds of thousands of newspapers and websites of every political stripe and color, but when it's the New York Times becoming a political shill, that's terribly unfortunate, and a real loss to journalism and to the marketplace of ideas.
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)
from the article: NY Times: We turned down a different version of Goldstone retraction