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Look Who's Talking
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The New York Times, which last month featured a front-page article faulting the Bloomberg administration for its supposed lack of racial diversity while ignoring its own largely white editorial leadership, today unleashes a front-page article faulting the Bloomberg administration for supposedly doling out unpaid summer internships to the relatives of the rich and powerful while ignoring the New York Times Company's own internships, which pay about $900 a week. Do they really expect us to believe that no one with any connections to important Times advertisers or editors or publishers or shareholders or sources landed any of these internships, or, for that matter, jobs on the paper?

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Voters, Not The Press, Decide Elections
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The ballots had barely been counted yesterday before the press was making sweeping predictions that the Tea Party candidates who won primaries would go down to defeat in general elections. You'd expect this sort of thing from the liberal outlets. Bloomberg News headlined its article, "Tea Party Success in Delaware Senate Race Increases Chance of Democrat Win." And the New York Times called Carl Paladino's victory in the gubernatorial primary in New York "a potentially destabilizing blow for New York Republicans" that "raises the possibility of a lopsided general election contest with Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, who has amassed a $24 million war chest and whose commanding lead in the polls has lent him an air of invincibility."

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The Motive Double Standard
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One of the ways press coverage gets slanted is that some people get their motives questioned, while others do not. A great example is the front of today's New York Times metro section. "Expansion of Bike Lanes in City Brings Backlash," is the headline over one article about a "backlash" that for the purposes of the Times article consists of exactly two quoted individuals. The first is Leslie Sicklick, 45, "a dog walker and substitute teacher." The other is Norman Steisel, "a former sanitation commissioner and deputy mayor." The article doesn't say or probe whether Mr. Steisel or Ms. Sicklick wanted jobs in the Bloomberg administration, or whether they know how to ride bikes, or whether they are just people who don't like change.

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How Cuomo Operates
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There's more to be said about the Andrew Cuomo-Steven Rattner situation, and I will do so sometime soon. But until then, today's front-page New York Times article is really a classic. The Cuomo camp deals with the Rattner camp's complaint that it is an unfair prosecution by leaking to the Times that it might go after Mr. Rattner for perjury? Think about this for a minute. If Mr. Cuomo wants to charge Mr. Rattner with perjury, he can go ahead and do that and take his chances in court. But leaking and hinting to the Times, in essence, that if Mr. Rattner doesn't settle the civil charges against him, Mr. Cuomo might go after him for perjury is exactly the sort of bullying prosecutorial behavior that Mr. Rattner's allies are upset about to begin with. The Times article, rather than dispelling those concerns about how Mr. Cuomo and his office have handled the matter, compounds them. The Times reporters, alas, seem not to comprehend this.

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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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Lhota and No Regrets
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The phrase "No Regrets" in a Times headline is usually code for "The Opinion of the Times Editors Is That The Person Claiming They Have No Regrets Darned Well Should Have Some Regrets." A classic example is "Tony Blair on Iraq: 'No Regrets.'"

The latest target of this practice is (surprise!) a Republican candidate for mayor of New York, Joseph Lhota, who gets the treatment today on page one of the Times in a headline that reads, "For Mayoral Hopeful Who Lost Fight to Remove Art, No Regrets." The article discusses Mr. Lhota's effort during the Giuliani administration to prevent a Brooklyn Museum exhibit of a dung-smeared, pornography-decorated image of Mary. The article draws an unfavorable comparison between Mr. Lhota and Mayor Bloomberg:

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Bloomberg's Dividers
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A news article about whether the next mayor of New York will keep Michael Bloomberg's City Hall office design says Mr. Bloomberg installed "a sea of desks without walls or dividers."

In fact the photograph that runs with the article shows dividers. They are low, but they are there.

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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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Look Who's Talking
futureofcapitalism.com

The New York Times, which last month featured a front-page article faulting the Bloomberg administration for its supposed lack of racial diversity while ignoring its own largely white editorial leadership, today unleashes a front-page article faulting the Bloomberg administration for supposedly doling out unpaid summer internships to the relatives of the rich and powerful while ignoring the New York Times Company's own internships, which pay about $900 a week. Do they really expect us to believe that no one with any connections to important Times advertisers or editors or publishers or shareholders or sources landed any of these internships, or, for that matter, jobs on the paper?

Read More...


Voters, Not The Press, Decide Elections
futureofcapitalism.com

The ballots had barely been counted yesterday before the press was making sweeping predictions that the Tea Party candidates who won primaries would go down to defeat in general elections. You'd expect this sort of thing from the liberal outlets. Bloomberg News headlined its article, "Tea Party Success in Delaware Senate Race Increases Chance of Democrat Win." And the New York Times called Carl Paladino's victory in the gubernatorial primary in New York "a potentially destabilizing blow for New York Republicans" that "raises the possibility of a lopsided general election contest with Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, who has amassed a $24 million war chest and whose commanding lead in the polls has lent him an air of invincibility."

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The Motive Double Standard
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One of the ways press coverage gets slanted is that some people get their motives questioned, while others do not. A great example is the front of today's New York Times metro section. "Expansion of Bike Lanes in City Brings Backlash," is the headline over one article about a "backlash" that for the purposes of the Times article consists of exactly two quoted individuals. The first is Leslie Sicklick, 45, "a dog walker and substitute teacher." The other is Norman Steisel, "a former sanitation commissioner and deputy mayor." The article doesn't say or probe whether Mr. Steisel or Ms. Sicklick wanted jobs in the Bloomberg administration, or whether they know how to ride bikes, or whether they are just people who don't like change.

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How Cuomo Operates
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There's more to be said about the Andrew Cuomo-Steven Rattner situation, and I will do so sometime soon. But until then, today's front-page New York Times article is really a classic. The Cuomo camp deals with the Rattner camp's complaint that it is an unfair prosecution by leaking to the Times that it might go after Mr. Rattner for perjury? Think about this for a minute. If Mr. Cuomo wants to charge Mr. Rattner with perjury, he can go ahead and do that and take his chances in court. But leaking and hinting to the Times, in essence, that if Mr. Rattner doesn't settle the civil charges against him, Mr. Cuomo might go after him for perjury is exactly the sort of bullying prosecutorial behavior that Mr. Rattner's allies are upset about to begin with. The Times article, rather than dispelling those concerns about how Mr. Cuomo and his office have handled the matter, compounds them. The Times reporters, alas, seem not to comprehend this.

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