A front-page New York Times article about Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray reports:
Humble? The Real Deal reports that Mr. de Blasio "owns a pair of two-family homes on 11th Street in Park Slope that are valued at more than $1.1 million apiece." You can bet that if Mr. de Blasio were a Republican calling for tax cuts instead of a Democrat former Sandinista activist calling for tax increases on the rich, the Times would be referring to his real estate holdings not as a "humble rowhouse" but as a "luxury townhouse."
The ambitious and lengthy New York Times series by Elisabeth Rosenthal on health care pricing has been illuminating and will probably win a Pulitzer, but sometimes a left-wing agenda — or sometimes not so much an agenda but just a set of unexamined assumptions — can't help but peek through even in the best Times journalism. From the latest Times article, on the price of getting stitched up at a hospital emergency room:
A front-page Times dispatch from London about Rebekah Brooks, a news executive "facing charges of illegally intercepting voice messages and other crimes in connection with their work for Mr. Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid" reports:
After announcing in the Public Editor column that the metro section would place "a new focus on inequality," the Times is off to the races.
Sunday brought a news article headlined "Life on $7.25 an Hour." An astute Smartertimes reader-participant-community member-watchdog-content co-creator pointed out, however, "the article's main character, Eduardo Shoy, doesn't actually make $7.25/hour as in the article's penultimate paragraph it notes that, 'On a good day [he] can make up to $75 in tips.'"
David Carr's front-page article on New York magazine reducing its print publishing schedule to 26 issues a year from 42 issues a year misspells the name of Newsweek owner Sidney Harman. The Times renders the name incorrectly as "Harmon."
The public editor of the Times has a blog post under the headline 'An Article About New Yorkers Who Go Hungry Signals a New Focus on Inequality."
Not a new focus on poverty, mind you, but on "inequality." There are those of us who might have been under the impression that the Times was quite vigorously focused on inequality already (to the point where a regular headline around here is "always the inequality"), but apparently the newspaper's editors feel the paper can obsess even more about the issue. From the public editor post:
Wendell Jamieson, the Metro editor, told me that Tuesday's article is not merely incidental.
The Times public editor column is about its coverage of climate change. The public editor reports that she "talked to Times journalists and outside observers who are close readers of The Times's environment coverage — including former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice and a former newspaper journalist himself." The column concludes with a passage quoting Mr. Gore:
Does the public editor agree with Mr. Gore's view? She doesn't say, but she does let him have the last word in her column. The column doesn't say whether any fossil-fuel company executives were interviewed.
From Roger Cohen's column in today's Times:
"Which works, policies or right or left?" is how the New York Times teased, on the front of its Sunday Review section, an article claiming that the liberal policies of Minnesota's Democrat-Farmer-Labor governor, Mark Dayton, have been more successful than the conservative policies of Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker.
"Even if a jumpsuit seems daunting at first, wearers often become quite evangelical once they discover how effortless it is to wear." — The New York Times, article headlined "Time to Take the Leap."
The Times public editor has posted a blog item calling the photo selection for the Times article about an attack on an Israeli soldier — an image of the mother of the attacker — "wrong." The matter was covered here the other day.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman writes:
At the American Enterprise Institute's "Ideas" blog, Professor Mark Perry notices that the New York Times has changed its editorial position on the minimum wage issue. In 1987, the paper had an editorial headlined, "The Right Minimum Wage: $0.00." It argued that raising the minimum wage would increase unemployment. Nowadays, the paper is editorializing in favor of a $15 an hour minimum wage.
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