Some Critics = One Times Reporter - August 25, 2003

Times Watch for August 25, 2003

Some Critics = One Times Reporter

Southern-based reporter Jeffrey Gettleman follows up on the Southern Gothic saga of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended from the state Supreme Court for refusing to take down a granite monument of the Ten Commandments that hed installed in the courthouse lobby.

In Sundays Supporters of Ten Commandments Rally On, Gettleman claims (not for the first time) Some critics have compared Chief Justice Moore to George Wallace, Alabama's segregationist governor.

In place of some critics, substitute Jeffrey Gettleman, whose first filing on the monument controversy includes this line describing Judge Moore: His obstinacy smacks of segregation-era defiance, of state rights versus the feds, of George Wallace's notorious-and failed-stand in the school house door. But many people like that.

For more of Gettlemans story on Judge Roy Moore, click here.

Alabama | Jeffrey Gettleman | Judge Roy Moore | Religion | Ten Commandments | Gov. George Wallace

Hamas Spells Hope to Destitute Palestinians

A front-page story by Richard Stevenson and Edmund Andrews, Bush Orders Move To Freeze Assets Of Hamas Charities, again describes the anti-Israel terrorist group as a charitable institution. The Saturday story claims: It is the first time that the United States has gone beyond acting against the military wing of Hamas and tried to shut down the political wing that provides social services and relief assistance.In taking this action, Mr. Bush risks fueling anti-American anger among Palestinians who not only depend on assistance from Hamas but also see it as an integral part of their lives.

Europe remains cool to the idea: The Europeans contend that the organization's charitable institutions provide much-needed services-and hope-to destitute Palestinians. This marks at least the fourth occasion the Times has favorably described Hamas charity work.

If Hamas (whose charter states "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it") gives hope to Palestinians, one wonders why Bush is bothering with peace talks at all.

For more on Bushs attempt to shut down Hamas charities, click here.

Civil Rights Or Just Liberal Interest Groups?

Saturdays story by Lynette Clemetson on the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights opens: Under a thematic banner of jobs and justice, a coalition of groups dedicated to civil, human and economic rights have converged here this weekend to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington, the mass protest that helped bring about some of the most critical social legislation in the nation's history.

But drill down to some of the actual groups involved, and that characterization becomes a bit more dubious: Other major players, however, such as the Arab American Institute and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, show the expanding breadth of the civil rights movement. It sounds more like the Times is trying to expand the appeal of liberal special interest groups by co-opting them as part of an all-encompassing civil rights movement.

For the rest of Clemetsons story on the anniversary of the March on Washington, click here.

Civil Rights | Lynette Clemetson | Gay Rights | Labeling Bias | March on Washington | NGLTF

Deregulation a Dirty Word in Times Land

The headline to Sundays front-page blackout story blares: New Kind of Electricity Market Strains Old Wires Beyond Limits-Reliability Suffered in Deregulation, Experts Say. The second paragraph of the story by Neela Banjeree and David Firestone at first concurs: Deregulation increased the vulnerability of the grid to failure, regulators and industry executives broadly concur.

But in the very next sentence, Banjeree and Firestone admit that what they term deregulation really isnt: Deregulation is actually a misnomer for the restructuring of the power industry, because only the generation of electricity was freed from strict government controls, beginning in 1992. Apparently the term deregulation is too convenient a whipping boy for the Times to give up, no matter how misleading its use.

For more on the electricity market and the blackout, click here:

Neela Banjeree | Blackout | Deregulation | Energy | David Firestone

Conservative California Cannibalism

Saturday front-pager by John Broder, Conservatives of Two Minds On Backing Schwarzenegger, says rigid conservatism is to blame for Republican losses in the state: Analysts say that the conservatives' customary ideological rigidity-some call it Republican cannibalism-is the reason Democrats have won every important statewide election since 1994. The state Republican party's conventions tend to be bitterly tribal affairs, with the varying strains of the party vying for supremacy. Hard-line conservatives have been winning these battles-and little else-for the past decade.

For the rest of Broders story on the alleged conservative crack-up, click here.

John Broder | California | Gov. Gray Davis | Recall | Arnold Schwarzenegger