NYT's Sam Tanenhaus Schools CBS's Lesley Stahl on Tea Party Women

October 19th, 2010 9:59 AM
CBS reporter Lesley Stahl was very confused on Monday's "Morning Joe". She just couldn't figure out why there are so many women involved with the Tea Party. Stahl received a basic civics lesson from two unlikely personalities: columnist Mike Barnicle, and Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review and author of "The Death of Conservatism". Tanenhaus…

Influential NYT Editor Sam Tanenhaus: 'Extremist,' Know-Nothing Tea Pa

April 28th, 2010 12:09 PM
Sam Tanenhaus, editor of “The New York Times Book Review” and “Week in Review,” and the author of the book, “The Death of Conservatism,” went on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC talk show Monday night to discuss her being featured in a  fundraising letter from the right-wing John Birch Society. But the friendly chat soon veered off into a comparison of the nationalist John Birch Society to the Tea Party…

CNBC's Santelli Reacts to NYTimes Label of Tea Party 'Heroes and Inspi

January 25th, 2010 4:36 PM
It's curious to see people in the mainstream media try to make sense of the Tea Party movement. The New York Times, which once called the Tea Parties a psychological phenomenon rather than a political movement, has now changed its tune. In the wake of the stunning upset by Scott Brown in the Jan. 19 Massachusetts special election to fill the seat vacated by Ted Kennedy's death, the Times is…

Times Watch's Top Ten Lowlights of the New York Times in

December 30th, 2009 2:07 PM
2009 began as a year of smiles at the Times, with rapture over the "historic" Obama administration. Reporters showered partisan praise on Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and first lady Michelle Obama. Meanwhile, the Times resolutely buried emerging left-wing scandals over ACORN and Obama adviser Van Jones. But the smile curdled into a defensive snarl during the long hot…

Influential NY Times Editor Tanenhaus: Nixon, Reagan, and Bush 'Commit

October 29th, 2009 4:32 PM
Did Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush "probably" commit "impeachable offenses"? That's what influential New York Times editor Sam Tanenhaus thinks. On Wednesday night, the influential editor of both the "New York Times Book Review" and the "Weekend Review" sections again appeared on Charlie Rose's late night PBS chat show to discuss his no-longer-new book…

CNN's Toobin Again Touts 'Very Conservative' vs 'Liberal' Supreme Cour

October 5th, 2009 5:23 PM
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin again turned to his usual labeling of the ideological split on the Supreme Court on Monday’s American Morning. Toobin labeled Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Roberts “very conservative” three times, as opposed to the mere “liberal” justices on the Court. The analyst also bizarrely claimed that the “liberal side” of the body is “basically outnumbered.”Toobin…

Influential NY Times Editor Calls Anti-Tax Protesters 'Tea-Baggers

October 2nd, 2009 12:40 PM
New York Times Week in Review and Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus is discussing his recent book "The Death of Conservatism" with Reihan Salam on Slate's Book Club feature.  The tone of these Slate debates is usually civilly contentious, but in his Thursday afternoon posting, Tanenhaus leaves his lofty chambers of rhetoric to insult the conservatives he purports to be an expert on with…

Tanenhaus Sees Conservative 'Rigor Mortis' Despite Protests, Floats Co

September 21st, 2009 3:58 PM
Left-wing PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers, host of "Bill Moyers Journal," interviewed New York Times editor Sam Tanenhaus about his new book "The Death of Conservatism," which Times Watch found intellectually dishonest, unnecessarily hostile, and already dated. Tanenhaus, who edits two Sunday sections, the Book Review and the Week in Review, insulted today's conservative…

Premature 'Death' -- A Review of 'The Death of Conservatism' by NYT's

September 19th, 2009 9:17 AM
The title of Sam Tanenhaus's slim new essay of a book, with the wishful-thinking title "The Death of Conservatism," is misleading. Tanenhaus, the editor of the New York Times Book Review and Week in Review sections, doesn't so much call the movement dead as try to define it out of existence.  "Death" reshapes the U.S. political landscape out of all recognition to make it…

New York Times' Tanenhaus: Bill Clinton 'The Last Conservative Preside

September 18th, 2009 5:52 PM
There is an inside joke for the veteran viewers of MSNBC’s morning show, ‘Morning Joe,’ which refers back to a time when Joe Scarborough was in a heated debate with Zbigneiw Brzezinski (Mika’s father) over the behind-the-scenes content of President Clinton’s Camp David accords.  The elder Brzezinski grew rather frustrated with being out-shouted by Scarborough, and delivered the following zinger:“…

To NY Times Editor Tanenhaus: Obama 'Centrist, Explicitly Nonideologic

September 7th, 2009 6:24 PM
Catching up with a great catch in last week's Weekly Standard “Scrapbook” section, the September 7 issue highlighted an example of how it takes a worldview that sees liberals like Barack Obama as “consensus”-oriented/“explicitly nonideological” centrists -- and Republicans as “ideologically committed” conservatives -- to work at the New York Times. Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the newspaper's Book…

NYT Editor Finds Kennedy’s Flaw: He Helped Reagan Win Presidency

August 28th, 2009 5:03 PM
Appearing on MSNBC’s New York Times Edition on Friday, the paper’s ‘Week in Review’ editor, Sam Tanenhaus, lamented one of Ted Kennedy’s flaws: "There’s a further paradox to this, which is we sometimes forget, I mean, all of the wonderful things being said about this extraordinary figure Edward Kennedy, that he was partly accountable for Ronald Reagan’s ascendency."Previewing his latest…

MSNBC Uses William F. Buckley to Bash Health Care Reform Opponents

August 14th, 2009 5:01 PM
On MSNBC Friday, anchor John Harwood spoke with New York Times Week in Review editor Sam Tanenhaus about the health care debate, wondering: "...you know an awful lot about the patron saint of modern conservatism William F. Buckley. What do you suppose Bill Buckley would think of the nature of the arguments that are being made against the Obama health care plan right now, death panels and all…

Strange Days in the NYT: Obama's Opposition to Gay Marriage a Good Thi

June 29th, 2009 3:41 PM
When Sam Tanenhaus came on board the New York Times Book Review in 2004 he was accused of being conservative, but one would be hard-pressed to convict him based on the available evidence during his tenure -- "the emptiness of free-market liturgy," anyone?Besides having a thin, forced, and familiar feel, Tanenhaus's latest essay for the Times Week in Review, "Sound of Silence: The…