The New York Times' best days are past it. The company's public editor admitting it neglected its duty covering the Louisiana flood is just the latest evidence. Many get their news from other sources, particularly free online content. The Times has not been able to keep up with digital competitors.
The mainstream media becomes less and less relevant as social media and citizen journalism becomes more common. People don't need to wait for the New York times to tell them what to think. Rather, they can see if from their friends and family on the Internet. People don't need to wait for edited video. Rather, they can share things immediately online. This means that the New York Times' best days are behind it.
Yes, the New York Times is past its prime, just as all print media has passed its prime. It's a sad day when one of the biggest publications in the world admits to neglecting the flooding going on in Louisiana. I know they're covering the election, but there is no excuse for not covering a massive flood that has left homes and property ruined. That is way more important than covering an election. The New York Times needs to figure things out before they miss another important story.
No, the New York Times is not a relic of the past. It remains the paper of record, the gray lady. It has continually produced quality, award-winning, print and online content for decades. It is competing against Gawker, yet still reports in depth on war, politics, economics, and human interest.