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Tag: New York Times


Pulitzer? I Don’t Even Know ’Er!

This was a good year for journalists to catch a politician in flagrante delicto, or anything approaching such a compromised position, judging by a couple of this year’s picks for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE

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Krugman Is Worried About Europe

The American economy is certainly a cause for concern at the moment, but Paul Krugman is more troubled by issues abroad, declaring in his New York Times column on Monday that “the situation in Europe worries me even more than the situation in America.” Uh-oh.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


Clooney in Chad

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof recently took at trip to Chad with an unlikely sidekick: George Clooney. Kristof was skeptical at first, but Clooney—always the charmer!—won him over, and thus Kristof came to see the potential benefits of celebrity advocacy.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


Sen. Ben Nelson, Centrist, Takes On Paul Krugman

Here we have one of the unnamed senators whom New York Times columnist Paul Krugman collectively branded “proud centrist[s]” in his column Sunday, people who have put politics before the good of the country in whittling down the stimulus bill. What say you, Sen. Ben Nelson from Nebraska?

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE


Krugman: Down With Centrist Senators

Note to all the senators who trotted out their best horse-trading tactics to create the latest, pared-down version of the stimulus bill: Paul Krugman does not approve of your centrist ways.

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Joe Shlabotnik

N.Y. Times Gets Punk’d

On Monday, the paper of record published an e-mail from the mayor of Paris slamming Caroline Kennedy’s political maneuvering as “appalling.” Unfortunately, the Times failed to check whether the message was authentic—it wasn’t. Guess that explains all those articles by Nigerian princes.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE

LA Times
AP photo / Kevork Djansezian

What Future for the Ink-Stained Wretch?

I’m concerned about the uncertain future for journalists. Without them, who will “watchdog” politicians and bureaucrats, charity officials, cops, educators and the many others who help make our society run?

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE

Karl Rove

Karl Rove Backpedals, Sulks

After claiming some credit for Barack Obama’s presidential win, longtime Bush loyalist Karl Rove barely endures the rest of his Q&A with notorious left-wing rag The New York Times. We’d like to know what kind of “funny stamps” Rove used to decorate his congratulatory note to Obama.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE

PNAC site

Welcome Back, PNAC

After a brief hiatus, which happened to coincide with the last phase of the presidential campaign season, the Project for a New American Century’s Web site is back up and running, thanks to Bill Kristol and his chums at the neocon think tank.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE

presidential seal
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More Evidence That Polling Is an Imprecise Enterprise

Polling mania continues! So, Thursday brought word of two newly hatched polls—one by The New York Times/CBS News and the other by Fox News—and their results are strikingly different. What whimsy!

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE

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New York Times Endorses Barack Obama

This news isn’t going to make certain members of the Republican Party like the Gray Lady any more than they already do, which is not at all: The New York Times’ editorial board has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Wrong Again, Bill Kristol

The New York Times’ conservative stalwart William Kristol should receive some kind of award for being wrong with such baffling consistency while still retaining his job. Not only has he been credited (if that’s the right word) with steering John McCain toward picking Sarah Palin and waving his proverbial pompoms for the Iraq invasion, but he has just let fly with another doozy in his latest column.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE

Brooks on Palin

David Brooks: Palin Represents ‘Fatal Cancer’ to GOP

After praising Sarah Palin for her political talent, conservative political columnist and commentator David Brooks proceeded to declare that she isn’t ready to be vice president and, in fact, represents a “fatal cancer” plaguing the Republican Party.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE

composite: and Flickr / Robert Scoble

McCain Campaign Guru: N.Y. Times Isn’t ‘a Journalistic Organization’

Steve Schmidt is widely credited with re-energizing the McCain campaign with his tough and often deceptive style, but his latest is a bit much, even for a Karl Rove protégé. During a conference call with reporters, Schmidt accused The New York Times of being “a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day impugns the McCain campaign.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Prescription: Set Up Health Care Like Banking Industry

Whoops! As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman pointed out Friday, presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain both have articles in the latest edition of Contingencies magazine about how they would reform America’s health care industry. In light of certain recent events in the banking world, McCain may want to reconsider his position.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE

Obama and Biden
AP photo / M.Spencer Green

Obama’s Choose Your Own VP Adventure

The New York Times sheds some light on the back-room dealings, global developments and veep-vetting sessions that went into whittling down Barack Obama’s short list of vice presidential candidates to the final contender, who heard Obama’s final pitch while at the dentist’s office.

Posted on Aug 24, 2008 READ MORE


Gorbachev: ‘Russia Did Not Want This Crisis’

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has weighed in again about the recent bloody battles between Russia and Georgia, this time insisting in a New York Times Op-Ed piece that Russia was “dragged into the fray by the recklessness of the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili” and “did not need a little victorious war.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE

Struggling Economy Deters Working Women

The percentage of women in their prime earning years who work has gone down, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers cut across demographics, and have more to do with a sluggish economy and a lack of opportunity than a rekindled interest in child rearing. As one congressional economist told The New York Times, “A woman gets laid off and she stays home for six months with her kids. ... She doesn’t admit that she is staying home because she could not get another acceptable job.”

Posted on Jul 21, 2008 READ MORE

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NYT Rejects McCain Essay

Sorry, John McCain, but The New York Times doesn’t publish just any presidential candidate. A week after Barack Obama’s “My Plan for Iraq” appeared in the paper of record, a similar essay by John McCain was rejected on the grounds that it recycled attacks against his rival while offering little new information about his own war plans, according to the Drudge Report.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008 READ MORE

Fox Sinks to New Lows

Fox News apparently doesn’t handle bad publicity very well. In response to a New York Times story that suggested the network’s ratings might be slipping, the co-hosts of “Fox & Friends” cried foul, broadcasting photos of Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe. The problem? The “news” channel had doctored the pictures to make the journos appear less attractive.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE

Washington Post

Newsroom Carnage Continues at The Washington Post

This just in: The Washington Post is the latest major newspaper to undergo the apparently inevitable newsroom downsizing process, clearing out 100 more journalists with a “blunt instrument,” as former Post (and former New York Times) writer Sharon Waxman reports in her WaxWord blog. “The Washington Post as I know it has jumped the shark,” Waxman laments.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE

Pat Tillman

Pat and Mary Tillman Are Saluted in N.Y. Times

Four years after Pat Tillman’s death by friendly fire in Afghanistan, his mother, Mary Tillman, is still asking questions—primarily about the U.S. government’s initial cover-up of the details of Pat’s death and about how far up the chain of command the deception extended.  Here, New York Times sports writer George Vecsey praises Mary Tillman and her new memoir, “Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman.”

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Maya Alleruzzo

Mission Impossible

On the fifth anniversary of George W. Bush’s infamous stroll across the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, The New York Times asked a group of “experts” how they would accomplish the mission in Iraq. Unfortunately, the newspaper turned to some of the same geniuses who thought the war was a good idea in the first place.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE

Buzzkill: N.Y. Times Editorial Rebukes Clinton

The New York Times editorial board, which endorsed Hillary Clinton early and enthusiastically, has had enough of negativity in the race for the White House: “It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Top WSJ Editor Stepping Down as Murdoch Moves In

Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Marcus Brauchli is said to be leaving his post after 24 years at the paper—an unexpected development that media-watchers are attributing to conflict over new owner Rupert Murdoch’s plans for the newspaper.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE

Uganda School Fire Kills 21

Foul play may have caused a fire Monday night or Tuesday morning in a dormitory building in Uganda that killed 19 girls and two adults. The doors to the dorm were reportedly locked from the outside.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE

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New York Times Up for Grabs?

There was the Jason Blair scandal, the Judith Miller WMD fiasco, the John McCain (yawn) brouhaha and the appointment of neocon “never-get-it-right” William Kristol as an Op-Ed columnist, to mention a few New York Times blunders. All that and a shareholders’ assault make the Sulzbergers’ lock on ownership of The New York Times seem not entirely impregnable, explains Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE

Truth or Consequences

We got snookered. Motoko Rich of The New York Times reports in her article posted March 4 that the just-published “memoir” by Margaret B. Jones, called “Love and Consequences,” about Jones’ “life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods,” is a fabrication.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE

McCain in NYC
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

What the Times Didn’t Tell About McCain

As Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain twisted briefly in the wind kicked up by that New York Times story suggesting he had swapped political favors for the personal favors of an attractive lobbyist for the telecommunications industry, I kept waiting for the public policy punch line.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE

A Story With Legs

It seems odd, but for John McCain it was a blessing to have the chance to bury questions about his dealings with lobbyists beneath an alleged sex scandal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Gerald Herbert

NYT Runs Controversial McCain Story, Spat Ensues

Did unwanted attention from a New Republic scribe prod The New York Times into printing its long-awaited story about certain alleged snags in Sen. John McCain’s moral fabric?  McCain’s camp apparently thinks so, but regardless, the Arizona senator’s team is switching into battle mode to counter the paper’s “smear campaign.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Turbulent Times in N.Y., L.A. Newsrooms

It’s been a lively week in the newspaper world, and the excitement hasn’t exactly been of the desirable variety. Earlier in the week, Tribune Co. Chairman and CEO Sam Zell announced major cutbacks at Tribune papers across the country, and then The New York Times’ Valentine’s Day edition brought word that the Gray Lady will also be downsizing its staff.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE

Clinton and McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bill Clinton: Hillary Chummy With McCain

Wow, Hillary Clinton’s husband has been très vocal of late, running the gamut of campaign tactics with such alacrity that it almost seems he’s done this before.  Bill Clinton’s latest message is one of unity—specifically, between Hillary and the man who could be her Republican rival on the presidential ballot, John McCain.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE


NYT Endorses Clinton and McCain, Slams Giuliani

Sure, it can’t help but be at least momentarily interesting that The New York Times’ editorial posse has announced its pick of the Republican and Democratic litters for this presidential election cycle. But far more compelling than Team Gray Lady’s rationale for choosing its favorites is what it had to say about fellow New Yorker Rudy Giuliani.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann Slams New York Times

The New York Times made it onto Keith Olbermann’s “worst person” list with the news that the paper had hired William Kristol: “You guys at the Times can hire any conservative columnist you want, but why did you pick the really dumb one?”

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE

9/11 Panel Leaders Accuse CIA, White House of Obstructing Inquiry

On Wednesday, the same day that Attorney General Mukasey announced the launching of a federal probe into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, the chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, respectively, published an explosive Op-Ed piece in The New York Times slamming the CIA and the Bush administration for “stonewalling” their investigation.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Denies ‘Special Treatment’ Story

Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has been picking up momentum, but now the candidate finds himself in a war of words with the Drudge Report. On Thursday, McCain vehemently denied that, as was posted on Drudge, he once gave “special treatment” to a lobbyist and has been trying to pressure The New York Times to kill the story.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE

White House Held Torture Tape Discussions

A new report by The New York Times suggests that the White House was a lot closer to those secret CIA torture tapes than has been previously suggested. “At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions ... between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes,” according to the Gray Lady.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE

Al Gore

Krugman:  Right Wing Afflicted By ‘Gore Derangement Syndrome’

Why is Al Gore the target of such vitriolic attacks from the right side of the political aisle?  Paul Krugman has a few ideas as he puzzles over the epidemic he calls “Gore Derangement Syndrome,” which has become more pronounced since Gore’s Nobel Prize win last week.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert Sits In for Dowd

For those who missed Stephen Colbert’s first foray into Op-Ed writing for The New York Times, here’s his valiant attempt on Sunday to handicap the lineup of ‘08 presidential hopefuls, including this gem about actor-lawyer-candidate Fred Thompson:  ” ‘Law & Order’ never sufficiently explained why the Manhattan D.A. had an accent like an Appalachian catfish wrestler.”  True enough.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

‘The Good Germans Among Us’

Frank Rich of The New York Times argues that although there’s plenty to blame on the Bush administration, a timid Congress and a compliant press, it’s time for the American people to accept at least some responsibility for the Iraq war and its many disastrous episodes. From Abu Ghraib to contractor killing sprees, we the people have known far too much for far too long to feign surprise when things suddenly go sour.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

AP photo / Evan Vucci

NYT:  Bush Has Shredded Constitution Since 9/11

In a scathing editorial on Sunday, The New York Times accused President Bush of playing on the nation’s post-9/11 fears in order to justify violating our civil liberties and protecting big telecom companies implicated in his wiretapping scheme.  The Bush camp “use[d] the nation’s tragedy to grab ever more power for its vision of an imperial presidency,” the Times editorial board charged.

Posted on Oct 14, 2007 READ MORE

Al Gore

Ad Asks Gore to Run, He Says No purchased a full-page ad in The New York Times, hoping to persuade an audience of one that “it’s a moral imperative for [Al Gore] to be a candidate.” The former vice president appreciates the sentiment, but still “has no intention of running.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Three-Pronged Ad Assault

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani tried to diss The New York Times, Sen. Hillary Clinton and all at once by placing his own advertisement in the paper to counter’s critique of Gen. David Petraeus, claiming The Times had played favorites with their ad sales policy.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE

‘War As We Saw It’ Authors Killed

Two of the seven co-authors of “The War As We Saw It,” perhaps the most compelling analysis of the Iraq war, died on Monday in a vehicle accident. Sgt. Omar Mora and Staff Sgt. Yance T. Gray, along with five other active duty soldiers, wrote in The New York Times that “[Iraqis] will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are—an army of occupation—and force our withdrawal.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE ad Ad Slams ‘General Betray Us’

In anticipation of Monday’s face-off between Gen. Petraeus and Congress on Iraq, placed a provocative ad, to say the least, in The New York Times, asking whether the general should be dubbed “General Betray Us” and accusing him of “cooking the books for the White House.” 

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE

The War as They Saw It

With the Bush administration set to offer a progress report on Iraq—assuredly an attempt to make the case for a prolonged surge—seven active-duty GIs have offered their own assessment in The New York Times. Their view, though bleak, is not cynical, but instead a practical approach to the many problems they’ve witnessed during their time in the quagmire.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE

N.Y. Council Considers ‘Bitch’ Ban

Emboldened by its decision to outlaw the “N-word,” the New York City Council is now setting its sights on another slur: bitch.  According to The New York Times, this latest semantic crusade, headed up by Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, is drawing supporters who think the word falls squarely within the bounds of hate speech.  Detractors believe it can be used with benign—even affectionate—inflections.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE

Gore Vidal
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Sun Shines Again on Chez Vidal

Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order.  Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007 READ MORE

More Young Americans Lean Left

A new poll finds that more young Americans (ages 17 to 29) are favoring liberal politics and Democratic candidates than ever before. The percentage of young Americans who support issues such as abortion, the legalization of gay marriage, and universal healthcare is significantly higher than the figure for the general public, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE

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