Reviewing a new English translation of Jean Guehenno's "Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944," a professor at Yale, Alice Kaplan, asks, "Is there something about our own political climate that allows us finally to hear Guehenno's voice clearly?"
Professor Kaplan doesn't answer the question or even address it further, at all, in the review, leaving this reader, at least, puzzled about what in the world she is talking about. What, exactly, in modern American politics makes the story of France under Nazi occupation resonate? Who are the Nazis of today? Obama? The Tea Party? The Islamofascists? If a professor is going to make such an inflammatory suggestion, the least she can do is explain herself.
A Times article under the headline "Developer Reaches Deal To Finish 80-Story Tower" begins:
It is not accurate to call 4 World Trade Center "Mr. Silverstein's first tower." Seven World Trade Center opened in May 2006, years before 4 World Trade Center.
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Walmart's response to a critical column in the New York Times was the topic of a post here earlier. Now the retailer has also shared a letter to the editor of the Times that the Times has declined to publish. Again, the Internet levels the playing field, so that Walmart doesn't need the Times to publish its letter to the editor; the retailer can just publish it on its own web site by itself.
A Times news article on the state of contract negotiations between the Long Island Rail Road and its employee unions goes on for more than 400 words without reporting how much money the workers make each year. From the article:
Toward the end of a Times dispatch that runs under the headline "New York Leaders Reach Deal on Medical Marijuana" comes this:
This is a fine example of disparity in the ways that the Times treats billionaire-funded public policy activity on the right versus on the left. When David and Charles Koch spend money on politics and policy, the organizations they fund are identified as such and the Times raises the specter of rich people buying policy influence. But when it is the George Soros-funded Drug Policy Alliance, any mention of Mr. Soros or of the tens of millions of dollars he has spent over the years on advancing the cause of drug legalization is omitted.
Further to the earlier post here on the Times' nasty obituary of Fouad Ajami, Mike Doran notices that the Times even got the title of one of Ajami's books wrong. It was The Vanished Imam: Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon, not, as the Times has it, "The Vanishing Imam." Minor point, perhaps, but confirms the lameness of the overall treatment. The only thing vanishing is whatever credibility the Times had left on this one, which was not much to begin with.
A Twitter account that appears to be created by Fouad Ajami's son Tarik commented, "crappy obit, and I'm a raving liberal."
Walmart responds to a column by Timothy Egan on the Times op-ed page by posting to its Web site a red-inked, corrected version.
Pretty great the way the Internet lets Walmart respond in a much more detailed way than a letter to the editor of the Times would ever allow it to do.
The writer and professor Fouad Ajami gets a remarkably hostile obituary in today's New York Times. "Edward Said, the Palestinian cultural critic who died in 2003, accused him of having 'unmistakably racist prescriptions,'" the Times writes.
Three paragraphs of the review are devoted to quotes from the hard-left Nation. One, talking about a book by Ajami, says:
The final passages of the obituary are also from the Nation:
David Leonhardt's "Upshot" column is about two books — Sheryll Cashin's Place Not Race and The Century Foundation Press's The Future Of Affirmative Action — that consider what will happen after the end of race-based affirmative action in college admissions. Without explaining why, Mr. Leonhardt ignores a third recent book about affirmative action in admissions, Cheating: An Insider's Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA, by Tim Groseclose, which suggests that some colleges will go on using race-based affirmative action even after it is outlawed and even while publicly denying that they are doing so. Mr. Groseclose's book documents how this happened at UCLA. It would have been good to include in this Times column.
Reuters takes a skeptical look at the executive compensation at the New York Times Company. It finds it to be high relative to peer companies:
A short news article posted to the Times web site on Monday reports that the newspaper's brand-new executive editor, Dean Baquet, "had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday after "doctors discovered the tumor on Thursday."
The Times article leaves many questions unanswered, among them:
•In what hospital did the surgery take place?
•Will Mr. Baquet receive any follow-up treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation?
•What are the chances of a recurrence?
•Why did it take until Monday to disclose a tumor found on Thursday and a surgery that happened Saturday?
What's happening in Iraq? Today's New York Times offers conflicting stories. A page one article by Tim Arango reports:
Times public editor Margaret Sullivan's crusade against the careless or sloppy or unjustified use of anonymous sources is going widely unheeded in the Times newsroom, to judge by what appears in the newspaper. The latest example comes in an arts section article about the National Academy Museum:
"Sharpton Warns Against Race-Baiting in New York Contest" is the headline over a New York Times article that makes no mention of Rev. Sharpton's own history of race-baiting and that seems totally un-tuned-in to any irony or humor in the headline. The reporter, Kate Pastor, lists on her Linked In profile a 2000 B.A. in American Studies from George Washington University with a "focus on race, class and gender."
Thanks to reader-participant-community member-watchdog-content co-creator C. for sending the tip.
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