A front-page Times news article about the Koch brothers reports, "Relations with the news media could be fractious: If Koch Industries did not like an article, its public-relations team was in the habit of posting email exchanges it had with the reporter."
Retraction Watch has a piece by Times journalist Tracy Tullis, who reports that she told her Times editor she was a donor to People for Ethical Treatment of Animals before she was assigned an article about an elephant at the Bronx Zoo:
The thuggish Iranian government seized the computer of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and has thrown him in jail for more than a year. The New York Times apparently sees this as justification to print anonymous quotes from people describing Mr. Rezaian as a biased journalist, and disclosing the contents of the computer:
Smartertimes reader-participant-watchdog-community-member-content-co-creator Colin writes:
A Times news article under the headline "Boy Scouts Are Poised to End Ban on Gay Leaders" reports, "To gain the acquiescence of conservative religious groups that sponsor many packs and troops, like the Mormon and Roman Catholic Churches, the policy will allow church-run units to pick leaders who agree with their moral precepts."
So to the New York Times the Roman Catholic Church amounts to a "conservative religious group." Have the newspaper's reporters and editors been following their own coverage about Pope Francis's campaign against global warming and income inequality, about his assistance in the reconciliation between the governments of the United States and Communist Cuba, about the church's opposition to the death penalty, its support for the labor movement, its advocacy of comprehensive immigration reform and its support for welfare spending?
Former Times reporter Richard Bernstein, a part owner of two day-spas in Manhattan, has a devastating post up at the New York Review of Books thoroughly debunking — or at the very least credibly challenging — that big New York Times investigative series of the city's nail salons. Mr. Bernstein, calls the Times coverage "demonstrably misleading." Particularly interesting are Mr. Bernstein's thoughts about why the Times got it wrong:
A dispatch from Pittsburgh reports that President Obama "called angrily for Iran to release Americans who are being held prisoner there."
How does the Times know whether Mr. Obama is genuinely angry or just feigning anger? I'd prefer if the Times limited itself to describing what a reporter can see or hear — a politician raising his voice, pounding the podium, clenching his jaw, uttering profanities, or getting red in the face — rather than making assumptions or drawing conclusions about the politician's underlying emotional state of mind. They are all pretty good actors or they wouldn't have gotten to that level.
And that's not even getting into the question of racial stereotypes that describing Mr. Obama as "angry" might raise.
A dispatch from Tehran reports, "The agreement will end punitive sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations, United States and European Union in exchange for verifiable guarantees that the Iranian nuclear program remains peaceful."
Smartertimes reader-participant-watchdog-content co-creator-community member Colin G. writes:
A Times news article asserts, "Scott Walker wants to come across as the most electable of the hard-right conservatives in the race." David Bernstein writes that in the entire history of the Times, it's used the phrase "hard left liberals" exactly once, in 1998, in reference to the New Mexico Green Party, and never with respect to Democrats.
The Times carries a breathtaking dispatch about a McDonald's in Midtown Manhattan that has been overrun by lawless and sometimes violent drug addicts. "Nobody from this McDonald's, or the corporate office, responded to requests for comment," the Times reports.
There's no indication that the Times sought comment from the office of Mayor de Blasio, who is, you know, responsible for quality of life and law enforcement in the city. Or that the paper sought comment from the police department, or from the district attorney for New York County. In fact the name of Mayor de Blasio, who has been associated in other newspapers, such as the New York Post, with a decline in the city's public order and quality of life, is nowhere to be found in the Times dispatch. It seems a strange blind spot.
It's taken 70 years, but the New York Times has finally seen the light on the matter of Yalta.
Or at least the editor of its editorial page has. That's what I gather from a post by Andrew Rosenthal at "Taking Note," the blog of the Times editorial page. As part of a long list of "most destructive foreign policy decisions," Mr. Rosenthal lists "the decision to carve up Europe with Stalin, creating the Soviet bloc, sparking a nuclear arms race and leaving entire nations in bondage to the Kremlin for a half century."
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