South Korea Led by 'Strongman' and 'Steely Conservative,' But North Ko

May 9th, 2013 12:15 PM
Soft labeling of Communist dictators ("enigmatic"?) has been a historical problem for the New York Times. On Wednesday, reporters Mark Landler and David Sanger described the late South Korea president Park Chung-Hee as a "strongman" as his "steely conservative" daughter Park Geun-hye, current president of the country, meets President Obama for the first time. In…

Offensive: NYT's Dowd Compares Air Force Officer Charged With Sexual B

May 9th, 2013 2:53 AM
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd offensively roped Clarence Thomas into her column on the arrest on sexual battery charges of Jeffrey Krusinski, the Air Force officer in charge of sexual assault prevention programs for the branch: "There was a fox-in-the-henhouse echo of Clarence Thomas, who Anita Hill said sexually harassed her when he was the nation’s top enforcer of laws…

NYT Public Editor Says Paper Playing Down Benghazi; Dismissive Hearing

May 8th, 2013 12:19 PM
Benghazi hearings open in the House on Wednesday, and the New York Times printed a preview on page 16 of Wednesday's edition that downplayed any possible revelations about the Obama administration's reaction to the terrorist attack, which killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Testimony is expected by three State Department officials, led by U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks,…

Dyspeptic NYT Critic Faults PBS Documentary on Constitution for Wastin

May 7th, 2013 1:24 PM
On your bike! New York Times's roaming critic Neil Genzlinger reviewed Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, airing Tuesday night on PBS. Judging by the headline, "The Philosophical Rumble Of That Living Document," Genzlinger's editor didn't know what to do with his puzzling, cranky review of the documentary (starring Sagal, liberal host of the NPR game show Wait Wait ... Don…

10th Anniversary of Jayson Blair Scandal, Which Was as 'World-Class' a

May 7th, 2013 12:28 PM
Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times public editor, noted a shameful anniversary for the paper -- the 10th anniversary of the Jayson Blair scandal -- but not without calling her paper as "world-class" as the scandal itself. But to the paper's liberal readership, the more shameful mistake involved reporter Judy Miller's overly credulous reporting on Iraq's weapons of…

NYT Front-Page 'News': Federal Aid Recipients Replacing 'Prayers of Ho

May 6th, 2013 3:01 PM
After a long delay, the New York Times has finally located some sympathetic victims of the federal budget sequester and placed them on Monday's front page. Jonathan Weisman reported "Stories of Struggle and Creativity As Sequestration Cuts Hit Home." Earlier, reporter Nelson Schwartz celebrated a little burst of job growth but warned it could end thanks to federal "…

Former New York Times Reporter Egan Mocks GOP's 'Crazy Caucus' in Cong

May 3rd, 2013 1:43 PM
Timothy Egan, former liberal reporter for the New York Times, hit his usual topic (those wacky Republicans) in his Thursday online column, the wittily titled "House of Un-Representatives." After mocking Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert for repeating a claim that caribou like to nuzzle up to an oil pipeline targeted by environmentalists, Egan noted that Gohmert "has said so many crazy…

NYT Spins on Behalf of Amnesty Seekers at May Day Parades; 'Smaller Ac

May 3rd, 2013 12:46 PM
The New York Times's Julia Preston watched parades on May Day for evidence that the fight for amnesty for illegal immigrants was at last gathering public support in "Showing Grass-Roots Support for Immigration Overhaul." Preston hit the jackpot when a protester quoted her back the same line she and the Times have been using for years about illegal immigrants: "I think it is…

NY Times Pits 'Conservatives' Against 'Advocates for Women’s Health

May 2nd, 2013 4:02 PM
The New York Times's Pam Belluck wrote twice about the emerging controversy over the Food and Drug Administration's decision immediately allowing girls under 15 to receive Plan B One-Step, the morning-after pill for emergency birth control, without a prescription or parental consent. Citing safety concerns, the Obama administration had previously overruled the FDA, which had removed all…

NYT's Gabriel Claims Gosnell Trial 'Been Widely Covered' Ever Since Pr

May 1st, 2013 1:41 PM
The New York Times's Trip Gabriel reported Tuesday that each side has rested its case in the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, on trial for four charges of infanticide at his Philadelphia clinic. The first paragraph is revealing: “They are known as Baby Boy A, Baby C, Baby D and Baby E, all of whom prosecutors call murdered children and the defense calls aborted fetuses -- the…

As Even Dems Fret, NYT Finds GOP 'Misinformation' to Blame for Public

April 30th, 2013 2:37 PM
The New York Times has long excused the continuing unpopularity of Obamacare by arguing that people just don't understand it or that it's been unfairly caricatured by political opponents. The latest entry was John Harwood's "Political Memo" Tuesday, "The Next Big Challenge for Obama's Health Care Law: Carrying It Out." The text box fretted: "…

NY Times' Latest Liberal Parody of a Headline: 'Recession Worsened Wea

April 30th, 2013 2:02 PM
New York Times economics reporter Annie Lowrey's story on the front of Monday's Business section has a headline that just begs for the old joke ("World Ends: Women and Minorities Hardest Hit") on the Times's traditional knee-jerk liberalism: "Recession Worsened Wealth Gap For Races." Millions of Americans suffered a loss of wealth during the recession and the…

Bitter NYT Laments 'Gift to Travelers,' 'People With Money' as GOP Sto

April 29th, 2013 4:46 PM
The Democrats blinked in the sequester tussle -- by wide margins Congress passed, and the president promised to sign, legislation that would end the furloughs for Federal Aviation Administration employees, which had caused flight delays that Republicans claimed were politically motivated by the Obama administration. Saturday's New York Times lead story by Jonathan Weisman admitted a…

NYT Lectures on U.S.'s 'Endless Consumption,' Hawks $38K Croc Handbags

April 26th, 2013 4:38 PM
Friday's New York Times Arts section featured a liberal lecture on America's "culture of endless consumption" and "income inequality" disguised as an opera review from music critic Zachary Woolfe. Never mind that Woolfe's newspaper panders to a rich liberal readership with stories like this from June 3, 2012: "Family Travel at the $300,000 Price Point.…