Wednesday Thoughts

    You’ll have to forgive day two of this. Last night I had a marathon city council session. The interstate through Macon is to be expanded and made safer. The arts and activist crowd that lives no where near the interstate is up in arms over the project because, dare I say it, it’ll bring more people driving through our beloved city. Meanwhile, Pleasant Hill, a | Read More »

    Top McCain adviser Steve Schmidt slams the New York Times

    The New York Times reports today that McCain campaign manager Rick Davis pulled in $30,000/month from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for five years. He ran an advocacy group which “current and former officials say” was created to “defend them against stricter regulations.” The writers, David Kirkpatrick and Charles Duhigg, accuse Davis of nothing illegal or unethical; rather, they’re sitting little bits of muddy insinuation | Read More »

    Maureen Dowd: Superfluous Fiction, Supreme Storyteller

    I’ve often been told that a great writer is capable of making the reader feel connected and empathetic for the protagonist irrespective of how. Fiction gives the writer amazing leverage in creating the story around the character to accomplish that empathetic end. Honesty, when the protagonist is real however, rarely makes for a spectacular “based on a true story” Lifetime movie. Such is the case | Read More »

    The New York Times: Its readers are ALSO insane

    I noticed that (as of tonight) the most emailed New York Times articles, as listed on its website, are as follows: Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes Thomas L. Friedman: Making America Stupid Frank Rich: The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket Maureen Dowd: Bering Straight Talk Bob Herbert: She’s Not Ready Editorial: Gov. Palin’s Worldview The Bipolar Puzzle In Frantic Day, Wall Street Banks Teeter Paul | Read More »

    Why Sarah Palin Has Enemies And Barack Obama Does Not

    The NYT is appalled that Sarah Palin has enemies. They also find her to “put a premium on loyalty and secrecy.” They shake their pointy heads in dismay over her being “overly reliant on a small inner circle”. Even assuming that the Times is correct in its interpretation of local politics it is clearly unfamiliar with (the cultural distance between midtown Manhattan and Alaska is | Read More »

    Jen Rubin tears apart the latest NYT Palin hit piece

    Jen Rubin, one of the most diligent and perceptive writers in the ‘sphere, has this to say about the NYTimes latest hit piece: In just the first few paragraphs you have testimony that she was “effective and accessible.” So where are we going here? Well, despite the testimony that she was ”accessible,” others find her “secretive” and inclined to put a premium on “loyalty.” The | Read More »

    Palin Akin to Mafia Don or Bloody Mary Says NYT

    I have skimmed the NYT hit piece on Palin. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all&oref=sloginIt makes Palin out to be some sort of sinister bloodthirsty despot with the First Dude her main henchman. This all is done between feedings of course. If Stevens and Murkowski embody Alaskan politics, we would expect some house cleaning at the changing of the guards. For a second I wonder what we are getting ourselves | Read More »

    NYT Newsflash: The people Palin beat don’t like her

    Today’s New York Times has a story about Sarah Palin’s critics in Alaska. These are the “facts” that they use in the story: They quote the guy she beat for Mayor of Wasilia. They quote a Democratic city council member who says that Palin did something but doesn’t corroborate. The person who could have corroborated refused to comment. They note a guy who she fired | Read More »

    It’s Not Easy Being Green

    Note: This was originally going to cover both conventions, to really get a picture of the energy use. Unfortunately, the setup is different here and I can’t really get a late night walkaround. So I’m going to post the coverage from last week. If there was one message heard loud and clear at the Democratic National Convention this year, it was "Be Green!" Everywhere you | Read More »

    Memo to the New York Times: You Don’t Understand Conservatives, Republicans, or Independents.

    (Click for full image) Apparently, the New York Times has decided to take a day off from the exhausting work of alerting our terrorist enemies to our secret plans to stop them from attacking us, and has decided to focus instead on the vital issue of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy. Currently, on the front page of the New York Times there are three (THREE!) front page | Read More »

    I Did It!!!!

    Finally after all these years, I’ve cracked the bitter, grey, rotten chestnut that is the New York Times editorial staff and I have had my views, or at least a fascimile of my imaginary views, published by the Newspaper of Record as a Letter to the Editor. I can also tell anyone who asks that I will never publicly recapitulate the contents of the letter, | Read More »

    NYT Complaint: Not Enough Photos Of Mutilated American Soldiers in This War

    ** Now With Update… A Soldier Speaks ** The New York Times is miffed. They aren’t happy that there has been a dearth of news photos showing dead American soldiers in the war in Iraq. The Times is lamenting that there have been “4,000 U.S. Combat Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images,” so more carnage and death is their druthers. Well, more American dead, | Read More »

    John Edwards has a child with his mistress*

    On February 21, 2008, the New York Times ran a 3,000 word article with no sources on the record and a lot of innuendo about John McCain having an affair with a lobbyist. The first paragraph was one sentence. Here is the second paragraph: A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate | Read More »

    The New York Times 2Q Profit: 82 Percent Drop

    Wow. Now that’s some serious collapsing. But it’s hardly newsworthy…except for this excellent quote from a NYT executive. Chief Executive Janet Robinson says business was hurt by the “U.S. economic slowdown and **secular forces** playing out across the media industry.” Emphasis added. Hee hee.

    So, What Should we Call The Media, Anyway?

    Many of us have taken to calling the media establishment the “MSM,” or “Mainstream Media.” But is that a fair and properly descriptive monicker to bestow upon them? A New York Times Blogger pondered that very question on July 21 in a “The Caucus” blog entry — one that was a barely disguised effort to highlight and advertise the opinion of one Markos Moulitsas of | Read More »