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Missing William Safire

July 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

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A Times editorial about the war in Israel and Gaza says, "The war is terrorizing innocent people on both sides of the border, fomenting more hatred, creating an ever larger appetite for vengeance and ensuring that the cycle of violence will be repeated, if not right away then surely at some point in the future."

On the phrase "cycle of violence," The Times editorialists should read their own late columnist, William Safire.

Here he is, from March of 2002: "By denouncing Israel's defense as part of a 'cycle of violence,' Arab sympathizers treat this latest Arab aggression and Israeli defense as morally the same. But this terror war is but a battle in the same war that has been waged against Israel for 50 years."

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Jeffrey Goldberg on Syria and Gaza

July 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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Jeffrey Goldberg writes at the Atlantic:

I was struck, over the weekend, by the lack of coverage of the Syrian civil war, in which the death count recently passed 170,000. By Sunday night, it had become clear that the weekend in toll in Syria would stand at roughly 700 dead—a larger number, obviously, than the weekend toll in Gaza (and more than the total number of deaths in this latest iteration of the Gaza war to date.) I tweeted the following in response to this news out of Syria: "I sincerely hope the @nytimes covers the slaughter in Syria – 700 dead in 48 hours – in tomorrow's paper. Very important story as well."

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Rape at Hobart and William Smith

July 22, 2014 at 6:37 am

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Today's Times has a follow-up article to last week's investigation of a sexual assault case at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. At the Manhattan Institute's Minding the Campus blog, KC Johnson has some criticism of the Times coverage.


Times Hypes IBO Analysis

July 22, 2014 at 6:32 am

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At the blog of the Empire Center, E.J. McMahon has a useful debunking of a Times article that claims "Wealthier New Yorkers Aren't Fleeing the City For Tax Havens." He calls that "a real stretch."


Ferguson Versus Krugman

July 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

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Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson calls New York Times columnist Paul Krugman a liar.


The News Hamas Sees Fit To Print

July 22, 2014 at 6:27 am

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Writing in the Weekly Standard, Noah Pollak has another critique of the Times coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict. It is headlined, "All The News Hamas Sees Fit To Print."


Israel Coverage

July 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

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Frustration and anger are building within the American Jewish community and the broader pro-Israel community at the New York Times coverage of the conflict in Israel and Gaza. Some examples:

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Cigarette Pricing

July 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

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A front-page news article about a potential merger between the Lorillard and Reynolds American cigarette companies reports, "Antitrust regulators in Washington are certain to scrutinize a deal that would effectively leave cigarette sales — and pricing — in the hands of a duopoly."

That's inaccurate. Cigarette pricing wouldn't be in the hands of a duopoly. It would be in the same hands it is in now — the hands of the government, which imposes a federal tax of $1.01 for a pack of 20 small cigarettes, $2.11 for a pack of 20 large cigarettes, along with state and local taxes that in New York City reach a combined $5.85 a pack. With taxes totaling $6, $7, or $8 a pack, claiming that pricing is in the hands of the cigarette companies is nonsense.



July 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

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In the midst of a Times "deal professor" column by Steven Davidoff Solomon about how electronic cigarettes are supposedly inspiring the Lorillard-Reynold American merger, comes this:

people are already predicting that sales of e-cigarettes will surpass those of regular cigarettes — well, by 2047, according to one analysis by Bloomberg Industries.
By 2047, many of us could also be underwater because of global warming, assuming we are alive.

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Thane Rosenbaum

July 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

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A Times article quotes "Thane Rosenbaum, a law professor at Fordham University and a widely published author on legal ethics."

Mr. Rosenbaum did used to teach at Fordham, but the center he directs has moved to NYU School of Law, where Mr. Rosenbaum is now a senior fellow. If the Times is going to identify him as being associated with a law school, it might take the trouble to get the correct one.


Bogus Brooks Einstein Quote

July 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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David Brooks concludes his column with this sentence:

Or, as Albert Einstein put it, "You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created."

I challenge Mr. Brooks to cite the original source of Einstein saying this in the words that are in the quotation marks. I think it is a bogus quote. Einstein may have said similar things, but I don't think he ever wrote or said the words that Brooks quotes him as saying. If Mr. Brooks can come up with a proper citation, giving the time, place, and source for Einstein saying this, I will happily apologize, but until he does, I think he has fallen for a phony Einstein quote.


Israeli Ambassador Takes on The Times

July 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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Israel's ambassador to America, Ron Dermer, has an article up at Buzzfeed under the headline "5 Reasons Why New York Times Editorial Today Is an Embarrassment to Journalism."

Maybe he was emboldened by the Walmart approach, the thinking behind which is detailed further in a PR Week article here.


Michael Powell To Sports

July 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

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Times columnist Michael Powell is moving to the sports section from the metro section. He explains: "I'm intrigued by how the themes that preoccupy me — poverty and inequity and moments of transcendence — play out in a new arena."


Murder of Three Settlers

July 4, 2014 at 7:21 am

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A Times op-ed by "contributing op-ed writer" Ali Jarbawi begins, "the murder of three settlers in the West Bank has given Israel the excuse it was waiting for to set a huge military operation in motion." Even though two of the three Israeli boys reportedly lived within the 1949 armistice lines that marked Israeli's pre-1967 borders, the Times refers to them as "settlers," a terms that is usually reserved for those who live in territory that Israel retook in 1967. Strange.


Poverty and Texas

June 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

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A front-page New York Times article reports on poverty amidst the oil boom in Texas, 50 years after Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. The Times article blames Republicans and the "philosophy of limited government" for the abject conditions of the state's poor:

despite the boom, Texas has some of the highest rates of poverty in the nation and ranks first in the percentage of residents without health insurance. Republican leaders have supported tapping the Rainy Day Fund for one-time investments in water and transportation infrastructure, but they have blocked attempts to use the fund for education and other services, arguing that it was designed to cover emergencies and not recurring expenses.

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