Tag: New York Times

And That’s the Rest of the Story



The story is always the same: the mainstream media hits conservative politicians much harder than liberals. Each cycle we see conservative candidates spend more of their time defending themselves against erroneous reporting, instead of sharing their message. This is nothing new — almost cliché, really — but it’s now more transparent than ever. As society becomes less dependent on CBS, NBC, and ABC to tell them what to think, more people have determined that the MSM may not have always been providing them with whole truths:

Americans’ trust in the national news media remains at an all-time low. A new Gallup poll shows that just 40% of Americans have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. That figure, which ties Gallup statistics for 2012 and 2014, represents a steep decline from the 55% high in the late 1990s when Gallup began polling.

Morton Kondracke Replies to the New York Times


51+fpbQsteL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Mort Kondracke and Fred Barnes have just published a marvelous book, Jack Kemp, the Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America. Reviewing the book today, the New York Times slams it. Not only did the Kemp-Roth tax cut legislation of 1981 fail to do any good, Tim Noah, the reviewer, insists, but the legislation — the centerpiece, you will recall, of Reagan’s first-term economic reforms — proved “a disaster.”

Although the most genial of men, Mort Kondracke is fighting back. Below, a reply that he sent to a couple of dozen of his friends, asking us to publish it wherever we could. Honored to have been on that list, I hereby comply, and–as you are about to see, Mort’s takedown of Noah’s slovenly work is a thing of beauty — I do so with relish.

By Morton M. Kondracke

Is Obamacare Really Dead?


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There’s currently a lot of talk about Obamacare heading into a “death spiral,” which most of Ricochet’s readership predicted before Barack, Nancy and Harry whipped, bribed, and bamboozled a Democrat-led Congress to drag ACA across the reconciled finish line.

National Review’s free market proponent Kevin Williamson wrote a great article “Obamacare is Dead” which is being joyfully retweeted among the conservative Twitterverse.

First They Came for My Bacon


bacon-flagI feel like I’m being trolled. This announcement has all the ingredients to make me furious: it’s a “health” message in the New York Times, from a UN-ish Non-Governmental Busybody, aimed at governments around the world who interest themselves with their citizens’ eating habits.

In other words, it’s the perfect storm of nonsense. Plus, they’re trying to take away our bacon.

From the NYTimes:

Who Is in Disarray, Exactly?


Below, a screenshot of part of the front page of the New York Times online at this very hour.  Question: Which indicates greater disarray? The inability to elect a new speaker of a large, complicated, and divisive body, or the inability to match a headline with a story?

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What is the Point of an MFA?


MFAWhen even The New York Times is questioning the value of a Master of Fine Arts, you know something has happened:

It depends on where you’re coming from. If you are one of the truly privileged, you will probably do well with an M.F.A., locking into a publishing system fine-tuned to reward those already rewarded, those without debt, with cultural cachet, with the rent paid for. If you happen to be below that level, with just enough privilege to fool yourself to take on debt, you will probably use your M.F.A. to carry out the “shadow-work” of the creative economy, giving the successful their veneer of success. You will talk about their books, attend their readings, blog and tweet about their work, hoping to ascend to their level one day. And you might.

Yikes. That stung just a little bit and I avoided graduate school like the plague. I’m not sure at what point the MFA transformed itself from academic stepping stone into a pseudo-credential for non-academic jobs. From something you needed to teach to something you needed to work. Hovering over this shift is a very obvious question: What are they teaching you in an MFA that you couldn’t learn yourself?

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In their anti-Trump frenzy the Times has reached for the H-word: But it’s The Donald who is on the airwaves the most these days. His unapologetic xenophobia has helped to push his presidential campaign to the top of the fractured Republican field. Like certain politicians in the Weimar Republic, he’s found a largely defenseless group […]

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Seven years from the crisis, we now live in a world that is swimming in debt. Central banks globally have taken a page from the Federal Reserve and have printed trillions. China has borrowed from itself and built entire ghost towns full of high rise condos and office buildings that are 99% empty. To slow their stock […]

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The Best Worst Place in the World


millPity the poor Amazonians:

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)

Apparently, Jeff Bezos has created a neo-Dickensian nightmare. The article goes onto describe workers in tears at their ideas being destroyed in meetings. Other horror stories include people recovering from grave illnesses who are given terrible performance reviews. Even the miscarriage of a child seems to provoke little sympathy from managers and executives.

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The New York Times Magazine was more newsworthy than usual in their interview with Ted Cruz. They asked Cruz a matter of crucial importance which tells a lot about leadership style, “Do you prefer Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?” Fans of Cruz (and Star Trek) will not be surprised when Cruz answers that he “absolutely […]

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Our Bigoted Bicycles


I read the Times for the same reason I stare down from the top of tall buildings: Terrified fascination at what might come next. Here is a case in point:

But two years in, Citi Bike’s inroads have been decidedly uneven, with men far outnumbering women in using the bike-sharing system. A little time on Eighth Avenue on a recent morning, watching the stream of Citi Bike riders heading north past Pennsylvania Station and toward Times Square, was instructive. Man after man pedaled by, some in suits, others in jeans. From time to time, a woman on a Citi Bike rode by.

For the bike service, that is a problem.

Pravda-on-the-Hudson Parodies Itself


Ellen Pao is back in the news, as is her husband – and the reporting on her latest difficulties to be found in Pravda-on-the-Hudson is quite instructive.

As some of you will remember, there was a great deal of hoopla back in late March about the verdict in a lawsuit for $16 million that Pao had launched for gender discrimination against her employer Kleinfeld, Perkins, Caufield & Byers after the venture capital firm had decided not to make her a partner. The case had stirred considerable interest among feminists working in Silicon Valley who were eager to cash in. But – to their shock and dismay – the jury decided for the defendant on all counts; and the judge ordered Pao to pay $276,000 of the legal costs incurred by the firm.

In the interim, Pao’s husband Buddy Fletcher, an African-American hedge fund manager, ran into trouble. As Michelle Celorier explained on Sunday in The New York Post,

Pravda-on-the-Hudson Strikes Again


Ted-Cruz-A-Time-For-TruthLike nearly everyone in the presidential sweepstakes, Ted Cruz has published a book. It came out the 30th of June; and, according to Nielsen Bookscan, it sold in the week following 11,854 copies in hardback — which is more than 18 of the top 20 titles on Pravda-on-the-Hudson‘s bestselling list.

But, for the week ending 4 July, you will not find Cruz’ book on that list anywhere. As Dylan Byers reports on Politico,

“A Time For Truth” has also sold more copies in a single week than Rand Paul’s “Taking a Stand,” which has been out for more than a month, and more than Marco Rubio’s “American Dreams,” which has been out for six months. It is currently #4 on the Wall Street Journal hardcover list, #4 on the Publisher’s Weekly hardcover list, #4 on the Bookscan hardcover list, and #1 on the Conservative Book Club list.

Perfectly Cowardly Answer: Publishing Religious Images That May Offend


BN-GK083_Charli_JV_20150112182529Sometimes I wake up thinking, “I could write something serious and original about the state of the world, or I could have a look at The New York Times and spend my morning shooting trout in a barrel.”

In my defense, the weather is quite hot and The Times made it too easy. Margaret Sullivan, public editor of The Times, yesterday tried to explain why the paper chose not to print Charlie Hebdo‘s cartoons depicting Muhammad in the wake of the massacre of Charlie Hebdo staffers in Paris.

You may recall that afterward, their surviving colleagues went on television, begging the world media to show the cover of the first edition they published after the murders. They asked this, first, to show that the image was not, in fact, calculated to offend — unless one accepted the precept that any depiction of Mohammed was inherently offensive. Second, and far more important, they noted that if every publication printed the cover, they wouldn’t be singled out as targets. Beyond that argument, there is the further point that, obviously, the cover was newsworthy.

Scalia’s Dissent in Lawrence vs Texas


Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in Lawrence v. Texas was prescient in its analysis of where we were headed in a post-Lawrence world. Likewise, the reaction to last Friday’s Obergefell decision has included warnings from both the dissenters and numerous commentators that the fallout from the case could mean serious legal challenges to religious institutions and/or the necessary discovery of a constitutional right to polygamy or prostitution.

Naturally, progressives scoff (at least on the record) at such suggestions, even as we begin to see a few commentaries pop-up that make those very arguments.

To most on the Left, these are the desperate ramblings of scare-mongers who are trying to cling to the most absurd arguments still available to them in this rapidly changing world. “Pay these claims no mind,” they say.  “This is just slippery-slope nonsense.” They usually then tack on a strawman about how conservatives think people will start marrying their dogs or some such thing.

Guilt by Association


The New York Times commits drive-by journalism against three Republican presidential contenders:

The leader of a white supremacist group that has been linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns, including those of 2016 presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul, records show.

Is It Moral To Default On Your Student Loans?


leesiegel080121_198Lee Siegel, a prominent culture writer and graduate of Columbia, seems to think so:

Years later, I found myself confronted with a choice that too many people have had to and will have to face. I could give up what had become my vocation (in my case, being a writer) and take a job that I didn’t want in order to repay the huge debt I had accumulated in college and graduate school. Or I could take what I had been led to believe was both the morally and legally reprehensible step of defaulting on my student loans, which was the only way I could survive without wasting my life in a job that had nothing to do with my particular usefulness to society.

Naturally, Siegel was the best judge of his “particular usefulness to society.” But he then goes onto mock those poor suckers who, rather than shirking their legally contracted debts, go out and get real jobs that might be beneath their talents and ambitions.

Is $500,000 Enough to Cover Your Fees When You’re Honored?


The right-wing rag The New York Times, in their ongoing quest to bring about a Republican Dynasty, has another story about the Clinton Foundation. Here are excepts from yesterday’s article:

30clinton-web01-facebookJumboTo commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004  10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund. The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton.