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Greedy BP (NYSE: BP) skimped on maintenance to make even more money, charged liberal critics of the oil industry on the August 8 “World News with Charles Gibson” and “Nightly News.” Yet NBC’s Lisa Myers and ABC’s Betsy Stark focused on the complaints of those liberal critics without airing out BP’s defense, even though the company explained its pipeline maintenance program the day before in a news conference. “In the last five years,” complained Stark, BP earned $63 billion in profits, sending back $51 billion to shareholders “through buybacks and dividend payouts, but just $1.5 billion” to maintain the Prudhoe... continue reading
Thepaper finally gets around to the story of how bloggers caught Adnan Hajj, the Lebanese photographer who doctored photos he took for the Reuters news service to make Israel's attacks look more damaging than they actually were. According to Katharine Seelye and Julie Bosman , the Times has published eight of Hajj's photos since March 2005, but reviewed them and found nothing amiss: "Times editors said a review of those pictures found none that appeared to have been changed improperly." In another tempest, a photo by Tyler Hicks that appeared in the paper last month was accompanied by a faulty... continue reading
Political reporter Adam Nagourney, always hypersensitive to any sign of "harsh" rhetoric among Republicans, twitches in his front-page story Wednesday on Ned Lamont's victory over Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary race in Connecticut. "At the same time, Republicans are ready to pounce on what they hoped could be a political opening presented by Mr. Lamont's rising star, during what has been a difficult political season for them. They said this could become a crystallizing moment: an opportunity to frame the primary results in a way that has historically worked for them and that they have exploited ruthlessly, by... continue reading
What is so controversial about Rep. Cynthia McKinney that would cause her to losea Democratic primary racein Georgia's Fourth Congressional District? You wouldn't get many clues from Brenda Goodman's Wednesday morning story, " Democratic Congresswoman Loses Runoff for Re-election in Georgia ." The Times ignores McKinney's history of Israel-bashing, her past support by Louis Farrakhan, and her conspiracy theory that Bush may have known about 9-11 in advance. Goodman does briefly discuss the "encounter [McKinney] had in March with a Capitol Police officer." The online version of the article mildly terms McKinney the "controversial incumbent congresswoman," but apparently even that... continue reading
You’re shopping for jeans at the mall and Banana Republic is charging you twice what you would pay at Old Navy or Sears. Quick, call the government and report them! That’s ridiculous, you say. Just take your business elsewhere. Vote with your feet. But that’s not the advice ABC’s “Good Morning America” gave viewers of the August 8 program when it came to dealing with “panic at the pump” over an Alaskan oil pipeline shutdown. “If you’re a consumer, be vigilant. If you see a gas station who has higher prices than every other gas station in the area, they... continue reading
Reporter Ethan Bronner does some heavy blame-shifting in his Sunday Week in Review think-piece on Ehud Olmert, who succeeded Ariel Sharon as Israel's prime minister in " Sharon Set The Stage His Heir Reacts On ." Three times, Bronner describes Israel's reaction to Hezbollah's terrorist acts by using a form of the slanted word "ferocious," and continues by citing a rule of war that seems only to get applied to Israel's actions - "asymmetry." As if there are a certain number of Israelis who should die as a result of Hezbollah's deadly incursion into Israel. "As a commander and politician,... continue reading
Rachel Swarns has a dog-bites-man story in Monday's Times: " Critics Say Politics Is Driving Hearings on Immigration - Meetings Set for G.O.P. Battlegrounds ." "When House leaders announced their plan to hold 21 immigration hearings in 13 states during the August recess, they said it demonstrated a commitment to battling illegal immigration and securing the border. "But some Democratic and Republican lawmakers said the schedule of the hearings had only heightened their concerns that the Republican leadership was using immigration as a weapon in the battle over fiercely contested House and Senate seats around the country." Politicians engaging in... continue reading
Todaymarks the highly anticipated Democratic primary in Connecticut between sitting Sen. Joe Lieberman, reviled by the left, against anti-war millionaire Ned Lamont. Monday's front-page story Patrick Healy and Jennifer Medina, " Views on Iraq Are Explained By Lieberman ," shows Lieberman trying to distance himself from Bush while justifying his vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq, and airs a discredited liberal myth that has long been a favorite in the Times - the myth of Max Cleland . "Mr. Lieberman accused Mr. Lamont's campaign of using 'lies' and 'bogus charges' to try to defeat him. He made... continue reading
On Page One of the Sunday Week in Review, Anthony DePalma provides some soft soap for Fidel Castro's image: "With his bushy beard and his booming anti-American rhetoric, Mr. Castro, who turns 80 next Sunday, will linger in the Cuban imagination far into the future as a double image - one, the romantic revolutionary of 1958, promising Cuba equality, prosperity and independence; the other, the prisoner of a half-century of confrontation with the United States that kept Cuba from evolving in a way that could deliver on the promises." DePalma leaves out the real "image" - Castro as dictator, instead... continue reading
So Wal-Mart did a survey and found that the Bentonville, Ark.-based company isn't competitive in its wages. So like any major company responding to market pressures, it decided to raise its wages to attract and retain employees. Reports the Times's Michael Barbaro: Wal-Mart Stores , the nation's largest employer, said yesterday that it would raise starting salaries at one-third of its United States stores by about 6 percent. And the company also said it would impose a wage cap on certain positions. Wal-Mart said it decided to increase starting wages after performing a routine survey in several markets around the... continue reading