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Sin of Omission
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From the May 17, 2001, issue of Smartertimes.com, a daily critique of the New York Times that was published between 2000 and 2002:

Sin of Omission: A flattering profile in the House and Home section of today's New York Times describes Harding and Mary Lawrence and a house they owned in the South of France. Given that the article goes on at such length and makes reference to "the Lawrences' spirit, a combination of American energy and European refinement," you would think the Times might have found room to mention the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have formally renounced their American citizenship.

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Times Snipes At Yale, Met
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Included in the metropolitan section of the Sunday New York Times is a left-of-center opinion column. There's no right-of-center column to balance it out. This week's was by a writer who seems to have given money to Greenpeace and then felt bad because the money wasn't helping the poor. Under the headline "Bulk of Charitable Giving Not Earmarked for Poor," the columnist complains:

Nationally, 32 percent of the $298 billion given away last year went to religious organizations, 13 percent to cultural organizations and 12 percent to social services...if giving were conducted with the greatest consideration paid to the most urgent needs of the society, then Yale, a private institution with a $19.2 billion endowment, would arguably never receive another 50 cents.

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Always the Inequality
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The New York Times takes its never-ending campaign against inequality to the toy store with a column complaining that Toys "R" Us stores in the Bronx don't carry educational toys like the ones sold at independent stores in Tribeca:

Just as we are unlikely to unearth dilled artisanal long beans from the farms of northern Vermont, we are unlikely to find these sorts of diversions — small-batch toys aimed at the parent for whom it is never too early to begin LSAT drills — in large retail chains. Instead, they are the provenance of independent toy stores that maintain a presence almost exclusively in the city's most affluent neighborhoods....toys, like lettuces or chocolate, have long since become another manifestation of difference.

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Billionaire-Bashing
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The Times Sunday metro section regularly comes with a left-leaning column, which is odd because there is almost never a right-wing column to balance it out. Today's column blames billionaires for failing to help hungry poor people:

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Always the Class Issue
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In the middle of an article about the supposed disappearance of the New York accent, the left-leaning columnist in the Times Sunday Metropolitan section (in which there is no right-leaning columnist) hits us with this:

The film, though, is not intended as a sophisticated lesson in linguistics but instead as a tribute to what New York sounded like when the working class stood as a more central cultural presence. Or rather, when they stood as a presence at all, before the vibe of the city came to be dominated by the world of $15 million apartments on the one hand, and housing projects with yearlong waits for repairs on the other.

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Mansion Tax
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The New York Times Sunday metropolitan section comes with a left-leaning column but not a right-leaning one. The latest from the left-wing columnist, whose name is Ginia Bellafante, is this:

I would propose another form of cross-subsidization called the You Don't Need to Live in a $50 Million Penthouse Tax, which would require anyone buying a property for more than $10 million (of which there are currently about 280 listed in The Times) to pay a percentage of that cost to an affordable-housing fund. And then commit, in writing, to never complain about it.

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Always the Inequality
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The New York Times takes its never-ending campaign against inequality to the toy store with a column complaining that Toys "R" Us stores in the Bronx don't carry educational toys like the ones sold at independent stores in Tribeca:

Just as we are unlikely to unearth dilled artisanal long beans from the farms of northern Vermont, we are unlikely to find these sorts of diversions — small-batch toys aimed at the parent for whom it is never too early to begin LSAT drills — in large retail chains. Instead, they are the provenance of independent toy stores that maintain a presence almost exclusively in the city's most affluent neighborhoods....toys, like lettuces or chocolate, have long since become another manifestation of difference.

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Times Snipes At Yale, Met
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Included in the metropolitan section of the Sunday New York Times is a left-of-center opinion column. There's no right-of-center column to balance it out. This week's was by a writer who seems to have given money to Greenpeace and then felt bad because the money wasn't helping the poor. Under the headline "Bulk of Charitable Giving Not Earmarked for Poor," the columnist complains:

Nationally, 32 percent of the $298 billion given away last year went to religious organizations, 13 percent to cultural organizations and 12 percent to social services...if giving were conducted with the greatest consideration paid to the most urgent needs of the society, then Yale, a private institution with a $19.2 billion endowment, would arguably never receive another 50 cents.

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Sin of Omission
futureofcapitalism.com

From the May 17, 2001, issue of Smartertimes.com, a daily critique of the New York Times that was published between 2000 and 2002:

Sin of Omission: A flattering profile in the House and Home section of today's New York Times describes Harding and Mary Lawrence and a house they owned in the South of France. Given that the article goes on at such length and makes reference to "the Lawrences' spirit, a combination of American energy and European refinement," you would think the Times might have found room to mention the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have formally renounced their American citizenship.

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