RobinToner http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/4925/all en Wonders Never Cease: NYT Calls Obama a Liberal on Front Page http://www.mrc.org/articles/wonders-never-cease-nyt-calls-obama-liberal-front-page <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robin Toner looks at the voting records of Clinton and Obama and discovers that both are liberal. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">A Tuesday morning eye-opener: A front-page Times headline actually identified Barack Obama as a liberal - "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/25/us/politics/25obama.html?hp="&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1206453629-oaelgtsW/xZExEoEcPMBCg" " target="_self">Obama's Test: Can a </a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/25/us/politics/25obama.html?hp="&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1206453629-oaelgtsW/xZExEoEcPMBCg" ">Liberal Be a Unifier?</a>" Reporter Robin Toner went on to describe Sen.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/wonders-never-cease-nyt-calls-obama-liberal-front-page" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch BarackObama Campaign2008 Democrats HillaryClinton LabelingBias Liberals NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:55:00 +0000 admin 6066 at http://www.mrc.org The NYT Keeps Its Fingers Crossed for Hillary-Care http://www.mrc.org/articles/nyt-keeps-its-fingers-crossed-hillary-care <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robin Toner: &quot;Some of the romanticism about the virtues of the American health care system may be diminishing, and not just among the audiences who cheered Michael Moore&#039;s &#039;Sicko&#039; this summer.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Reporter Robin Toner rooted for socialized Hillary-health care in Sunday's Week in Review front-page, above-the-fold story, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/weekinreview/16toner.html" target="_self">Unveiling Health Care 2.0, Again</a>."</p><br /> <p style="MARGIN-LEFT: 0.5in">"Rarely does a politician, a party or a political system get a chance at a do-over.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/nyt-keeps-its-fingers-crossed-hillary-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Gaffes healthcare MichaelMoore NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobertPear RobinToner Sen.HillaryClinton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org uninsured Mon, 17 Sep 2007 20:53:00 +0000 admin 5780 at http://www.mrc.org The Kennedys and Their Magical Common-Man Friends http://www.mrc.org/articles/kennedys-and-their-magical-common-man-friends <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Never worked for a living? &quot;You haven&#039;t missed a thing.&quot; Wild coincidence, or self-serving Kennedy family folklore? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The following isn't specifically Times-related, but might interest political historians.</p><br /> <p>Kennedy family folklore? </p><br /> <p>The Kennedy political dynasty has certainly been blessed with blue-collar friends awaiting them at the start of their political careers. There never seems to be a shortage of horny-handed sons of toil to assure fledgling Kennedys that being rich is no impediment to being a friend of the working man. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/kennedys-and-their-magical-common-man-friends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch DavidHalbfinger Gaffes history JohnF.Kennedy NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner TedKennedy TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:17:00 +0000 admin 5687 at http://www.mrc.org Democrats Pushing "Populism" (not Liberalism?) http://www.mrc.org/articles/democrats-pushing-populism-not-liberalism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robin Toner skillfully avoids the dreaded L-word. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">As is typical for Times reporters, Robin Toner did an admirable job avoiding the L-word in Monday's lead story, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/16/us/politics/16populist.html?hp" target="_self">A</a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/16/us/politics/16populist.html?hp"> New Populism Spurs Democrats On The Economy - Appeal To Middle Class</a>."</p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Populism</i>, not liberalism? </p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/democrats-pushing-populism-not-liberalism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Democrats LabelingBias Liberalism NewYorkTimes NYTimes Populism RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Mon, 16 Jul 2007 16:20:00 +0000 admin 5681 at http://www.mrc.org Still Swerving Around the "Partial-Birth Abortion" Label http://www.mrc.org/articles/still-swerving-around-partial-birth-abortion-label <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Times avoids the &quot;provocative&quot; (but accurate) label of &quot;partial-birth abortion&quot; in headlines, while fencing the phrase with quotation marks in stories. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Thursday's Times led with the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that upheld the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Act.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/still-swerving-around-partial-birth-abortion-label" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Headlines JusticeRuthBaderGinsburg LabelingBias LindaGreenhouse NewYorkTimes NYTimes Partial-BirthAbortion RobinToner SupremeCourt TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Thu, 19 Apr 2007 17:24:00 +0000 admin 5536 at http://www.mrc.org Using Virginia Tech Massacre to Bring Up Gun Control http://www.mrc.org/articles/using-virginia-tech-massacre-bring-gun-control <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The mass murder at Virginia Tech leads to talk of gun control. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The mass murder by a student on the campus of Virginia Tech dominated Tuesday's Times, as someof the paper's coverage teased the gun control angle.</p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/using-virginia-tech-massacre-bring-gun-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campus Editorial GunControl Headlines NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner Shooting TimesWatch TimesWatch.org VirginiaTech Tue, 17 Apr 2007 17:09:00 +0000 admin 5531 at http://www.mrc.org Is the Times Pushing for National Health Care? http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-pushing-national-health-care <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The paper devotes most of its latest poll to health care questions and claims most would willingly pay more taxes for it. But that number is the same as it was in 1993. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is the Times getting ready to push nationalized health care in the new Democratic Congress? A new poll larded with health-care questions begs the question.</p><br /> <p>Friday's front-page carried a story based on the poll: "<a href=" http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/02/washington/02poll.html?_r="1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all" " target="_self">Most Support </a><a href=" http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/02/washington/02poll.html?_r="1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all" ">U.S. Guarantee of Health Care - Would Pay More Taxes in Return, Poll Finds</a>."</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-pushing-national-health-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch healthcare JanetElder NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner SocializedMedicine TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Fri, 02 Mar 2007 19:17:00 +0000 admin 5465 at http://www.mrc.org It's a "Caricature" to Call Nancy Pelosi Liberal? http://www.mrc.org/articles/its-caricature-call-nancy-pelosi-liberal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robin Toner: &quot;For Ms. Pelosi, relentlessly caricatured by the Republicans last year as a hard-edged, tax-raising liberal, the image of mother and grandmother takes the edge off the ideological cartoon.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Robin Toner, who reports on politics from a sociological perspective, celebrates the fact that women voters feel less defensive about voting for women who emphasize their "softer, domestic side" in her Monday front-page"political memo," "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/29/us/politics/29women.html?pagewanted="all" " target="_self">Women Feeling Freer to Suggest 'Vote for Mom.</a>'"</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/its-caricature-call-nancy-pelosi-liberal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Caricature congress LabelingBias NewYorkTimes NYTimes Rep.NancyPelosi RobinToner Sen.HillaryClinton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Mon, 29 Jan 2007 17:06:00 +0000 admin 5402 at http://www.mrc.org Democrats Seeking "Middle Ground"? http://www.mrc.org/articles/democrats-seeking-middle-ground <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But the Times&#039; idea of &quot;governing from the center&quot; includes minimum-wage hikes and increasing education aid. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Robin Toner, who often writes about social issues for the Times, centers the new Democratic-controlled Congress in Tuesday's front-page "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/16/us/politics/16dems.html?_r=" target=_self ? 1&oref='slogin"'>In </a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/16/us/politics/16dems.html?_r=" ? 1&oref='slogin"'>This Turn at the Top, Democrats Seek the Middle on Social Issues</a>."</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/democrats-seeking-middle-ground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Abortion congress Democrats LabelingBia NewYorkTimes NYTimes Rep.RosaDeLauro RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Tue, 16 Jan 2007 19:51:00 +0000 admin 5384 at http://www.mrc.org "Populism" Trumps "Liberalism" in Times' Labeling Battle http://www.mrc.org/articles/populism-trumps-liberalism-times-labeling-battle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Government-run health care isn&#039;t left-wing or liberal but merely an example of &quot;economic populism.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Reporters Robin Toner and Kate Zernike don't find much liberalism among the 2006 Congressional class in Sunday's lead story, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/12/us/politics/12class.html?ei=5094&en=ceffce064221aee9&hp=&ex=1163394000&partner=homepage&pagewanted=all" target="_self">Incoming </a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/12/us/politics/12class.html?ei=5094&en=ceffce064221aee9&hp=&ex=1163394000&partner=homepage&pagewanted=all">Democrats Put Populism Before Ideology</a>."</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/populism-trumps-liberalism-times-labeling-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2006 Elections healthcare KateZernike LabelingBias NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Mon, 13 Nov 2006 19:49:00 +0000 admin 5292 at http://www.mrc.org "Unyielding" Bush Must Reach Beyond "Conservative Base" (and Fire Rumsfeld?) http://www.mrc.org/articles/unyielding-bush-must-reach-beyond-conservative-base-and-fire-rumsfeld <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robin Toner sees a &quot;more conciliatory&quot; Bush in the offing. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Robin Toner sees bipartisanship ahead for the "proudly unyielding" George W. Bush in her Election Day post-mortem "news analysis," "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/us/politics/08assess.html?hp&ex=1163048400&en=654cbccf9b779806&ei=5094&partner=homepage" target="_self">A Loud Message for Bush</a>," in which she twice emphasizes that Bush can't afford to simply focus on his "conservative base" anymore.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/unyielding-bush-must-reach-beyond-conservative-base-and-fire-rumsfeld" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2006 Conservatives Democrats DonaldRumsfeld Elections GeorgeW.Bush NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:52:00 +0000 admin 5284 at http://www.mrc.org GOP: Left for Dead on Sunday, Spark of Life on Monday http://www.mrc.org/articles/gop-left-dead-sunday-spark-life-monday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What a difference a couple of favorable Republican polls make in the Times&#039; coverage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Sunday's lead story from Adam Nagourney and Robin Toner has a tone ofunrelieved grimness for Republican Party prospects tomorrow("<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/05/us/politics/05elect.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all" target="_self">G.O.P. Glum as It Struggles to Hold Congress - Lost Seats Seen, Even in Best Outcome</a>").<img src= "http://mrc.org/Timeswatch/stillshots/2006/NagourneySmall.jpg" align="right" width="150" height="144" /></p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/gop-left-dead-sunday-spark-life-monday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch AdamNagourney Campaign2006 congre JimRutenberg NewYorkTimes NYTimes Predictions RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Mon, 06 Nov 2006 19:54:00 +0000 admin 5280 at http://www.mrc.org How Dare Republicans Treat Democrats "With Disdain" http://www.mrc.org/articles/how-dare-republicans-treat-democrats-disdain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But is it OK when Pelosi constantly accuses the GOP of being &quot;unconcerned about money, truth or decency&quot;? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Times doesn't like it when Republicans fail to give proper respect to Democratic politicians.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/how-dare-republicans-treat-democrats-disdain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch KatePhillips LabelingBia LynneCheney MarkLeibovich NewYorkTimes NYTimes Rep.DennisHastert Rep.NancyPelosi RobinToner Sen.RickSantorum TimesWatch TimesWatch.org WolfBlitzer Tue, 31 Oct 2006 18:20:00 +0000 admin 5261 at http://www.mrc.org Anticipating a Democratic Blowout http://www.mrc.org/articles/anticipating-democratic-blowout <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Democrats (and the Times) are getting giddy together as November 7 looms. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Democrats and their media allies are getting a bit giddy as the congressional elections loom, all but declaring victory before the opening whistle. </p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/anticipating-democratic-blowout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch AbbyGoodnough AdamNagourney CarlHulse congress Democrats IanUrbina JoycePurnick LizetteAlvarez NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Mon, 23 Oct 2006 17:51:00 +0000 admin 5246 at http://www.mrc.org Times Ignores Own Poll Findings Showing Little Fear of Government Surveillance http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-ignores-own-poll-findings-showing-little-fear-government-surveillance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite the Times&#039; past scare tactics, 76% of respondents were willing &quot;to allow government agencies to monitor the telephone calls and e-mails of Americans that the government is suspicious of. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thursday's off-lead story by Robin Toner and Marjorie Connelly on a new <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/07/us/07poll.html?ref=todayspaper&pagewanted=all" target="_blank">CBS/NYT poll</a>, "9/11 PollsFind Lingering Fears in New York City," dwells on the fears that remain five years after the terrorist attacks in Manhattan and at the Pentagon. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-ignores-own-poll-findings-showing-little-fear-government-surveillance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch CBS/NYTPol email MarjorieConnelly NewYorkTimes NYTimes RobinToner TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:16:00 +0000 admin 5151 at http://www.mrc.org