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The New York Times on Joel Klein
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Four days after the post here noting the quick rise of Joel Klein within News Corp., the New York Times waddles in with a big front-page Sunday piece on the same topic. From the article:

Some in Mr. Klein's social circle were startled by his decision to join the News Corporation's right-leaning news empire.

"What? You're going to work for Rupert Murdoch?" David Gergen, a former adviser for Bill Clinton, recalled asking his friend.

Mr. Klein was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, though he had taken a more conservative tack on education. He rarely took vacations, but when he did he went to the Dominican Republic, where the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, a friend, held parties that became a retreat for Democrats, including the Clintons.

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IRS Probe Politics
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"House Vote on Former I.R.S. Official Signals Element of G.O.P. Election Strategy" is the headline of a Times news article about the vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. This is an attempt at interpretive reporting. It seems to me that it is applied more often to Republicans, who are assumed to be politically motivated, than to Democrats, who are assumed to be selfless. But the nice thing about it is that it is an interpretive lens that can be applied to any story. Imagine: "Obama Effort on Minimum Wage Increase Signals Element of Democratic Election Strategy." "Obama Effort on Expanded Health Care Coverage Signals Element of Democratic Election Strategy.' We are in a democracy, so pretty much everything politicians do signals an element of their election strategy. Most readers understand that already without having it spelled out; some readers, including this one, would probably prefer if the Times would just report on the news from Washington without attributing political motives to every development. The least we can ask is that if the Times is going to do this attribution of political motives, the newspaper be evenhanded about it.

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Coburn's Conservatism
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A front-page article about Senator Schumer makes mention of "Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, one of the Senate's most unyielding conservatives."

Maybe by New York Times standards Senator Coburn is "unyielding," but by Smartertimes standards, he's a bit of a squish.

His Wikipedia entry reports that he twice voted against funding the war in Iraq and described the war as a mistake. He's called for additional revenues to balance the budget — a euphemism for tax increases — and said of President Obama, "I love the man." He voted to end the filibuster of Senator Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary.

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The Hagel Double Standard, Again
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Today's New York Times mentions the following non-profit organizations:

• "The National Employment Law Project, an employment-rights advocacy group," in this article

•"the Brookings Institution" and "the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning research organization" in this article

•the American Civil Liberties Union in New Jersey, in this article

•the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, a research and advocacy group, in this article

The Times refers to not a single one of these groups as having "secret donors" or being "anonymously financed." Those terms are reserved for describing non-profit groups that the Times dislikes, such as the ones opposing the nomination of Senator Hagel to be secretary of defense.

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Congress Work Week
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From an article in the National section about members of Congress trying to improve their reputations:

These members of Congress, who were brought together by the group No Labels, which calls itself a bipartisan citizens' movement, have plenty of serious ideas about how to address these problems. For example, they would require Congress to work a five-day week instead of their customary three or four.

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The New York Times on Joel Klein
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Four days after the post here noting the quick rise of Joel Klein within News Corp., the New York Times waddles in with a big front-page Sunday piece on the same topic. From the article:

Some in Mr. Klein's social circle were startled by his decision to join the News Corporation's right-leaning news empire.

"What? You're going to work for Rupert Murdoch?" David Gergen, a former adviser for Bill Clinton, recalled asking his friend.

Mr. Klein was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, though he had taken a more conservative tack on education. He rarely took vacations, but when he did he went to the Dominican Republic, where the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, a friend, held parties that became a retreat for Democrats, including the Clintons.

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