StephenLabaton http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/5546/all en No Context as Obama Heaps "Shame" on Banker Bonuses http://mrc.org/articles/no-context-obama-heaps-shame-banker-bonuses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plus, a liberal sports columnist begs Bruce Springsteen to make a political statement during his halftime Superbowl concert: &quot;...maybe we&#039;ll get lucky and there will be at least one bold moment Sunday night when Springsteen goes rogue and rails against - oh, I don&#039;t know - offensive Wall Street bonuses, $18.4 billion worth. Go ahead, Bruce, make those corporate fat cats squirm on their sofas.&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">Friday's lead story by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Stephen Labaton on President Obama's attack on "shameful" bankers who got big bonuses during a tanking economy last year, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/business/30obama.html" target="_self">Banker Bonuses Are 'Shameful,' Obama </a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/business/30obama.html">Declares</a>,"lacked context that make the supposed windfalls seem less "shameful."The Times failed to note that the figure of $18 billion in bonuses for Wall Street bankers, while impressive,was actually down f</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/no-context-obama-heaps-shame-banker-bonuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Bankers BarackObama Bonus BruceSpringsteen HarveyAraton NewYorkTimes NYTimes Recession SherylGayStolberg StephenLabaton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:31:00 +0000 admin 6650 at http://mrc.org NYT Front-Page Spread Blames Bush for "Mortgage Bonfire" http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-front-page-spread-blames-bush-mortgage-bonfire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two Bush-hostile reporters stack virtually all the blame for the mortgage meltdown on President Bush, despite actions by Congress and the previous Clinton administration. </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">It's official: President Bush is to blame for everything.</p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-front-page-spread-blames-bush-mortgage-bonfire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch FinancialCrisis GeorgeW.Bush JoBecker mortgages NewYorkTimes NYTimes SherylGayStolberg StephenLabaton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:00:00 +0000 admin 6590 at http://mrc.org Damning Phil Gramm for Financial Meltdown http://mrc.org/articles/damning-phil-gramm-financial-meltdown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Times finds its ideal villain for the financial market meltdown: Conservative former Sen. Phil Gramm. So why did Bill Clinton defend him? </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 10pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto">The Times is determined to blame free market capitalism in general and the GOP in particular for this year's financial market meltdown and resulting recession. Appearing under the ominous headline "The Reckoning" was Monday's enormousfront-page profile of former Sen. Phil Gramm by reporters Eric Lipton and Stephen Labaton, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/17/business/economy/17gramm.html?pagewanted=all" target="_self">A Deregulator Looks Back, Unswayed</a>." </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/damning-phil-gramm-financial-meltdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Economy banks deregulation EricLipton FinancialMeltdown NewYorkTimes NYTimes PhilGramm StephenLabaton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Wed, 19 Nov 2008 20:11:00 +0000 admin 6546 at http://mrc.org Rupert Murdoch Still Frightening the Times http://mrc.org/articles/rupert-murdoch-still-frightening-times <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scary stuff indeed: &quot;Rupert Murdoch is moving to tighten his already-imposing grip on American news media...&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">Rupert Murdoch, head of the News Corporation, which owns Fox News, is seen as a frightening conservative mogul by much of the liberal media, and the opening lines of Wednesday's A1 story by Richard Perez-Pena and Tim Arango, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/business/media/23paper.html?hp="&pagewanted=all" " target="_self">Murdoch </a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/business/media/23paper.html?hp="&pagewanted=all" ">Moving To Buy Newsday For $580 Million</a>," played into that stereotype. How's this for an ominous-sounding lead?</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/rupert-murdoch-still-frightening-times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch FCC MediaOwnership Newsday NewYorkTimes NYTimes RichardPerez-Pena RupertMurdoch StephenLabaton TimArango TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Wed, 23 Apr 2008 18:56:00 +0000 admin 6126 at http://mrc.org Spitzer Targeted by Bush's Justice Department? Times Throws It Out There http://mrc.org/articles/spitzer-targeted-bushs-justice-department-times-throws-it-out-there <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Lives! &quot;The federal officials sought to emphasize that Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat, had not been singled out by the Republican administration, although allegations of political interference dogged the Justice Department during the tenure of the former attorney general, Alberto R. Gonzales...&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' coverage of disgraced (now-former) Gov. Eliot Spitzer has for the most part been pretty tough, albeit delivered with a sense of righteous disappointment, the downfall of a noble crusader. </p><br /> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/spitzer-targeted-bushs-justice-department-times-throws-it-out-there" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch DavidJohnston Gov.EliotSpitzer NewYorkTimes NYTimes ProstitutionRing StephenLabaton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:48:00 +0000 admin 6047 at http://mrc.org Big McCain Bombshell Fizzles Out http://mrc.org/articles/big-mccain-bombshell-fizzles-out <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conservatives and liberals alike don&#039;t think the Times came up with the goods in its long-awaited assault on John McCain - an awkward mix of innuendo and old news. </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 Times' John McCain "bombshell" story, <a href="http://www.drudgereportarchives.com/data/2007/12/20/20071220_155408_flashnyt.htm" target="_self">hinted at</a> since December, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/us/politics/21mccain.html?_r=" target=_self ?</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/big-mccain-bombshell-fizzles-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 DavidKirkpatrick JimRutenberg JohnMcCain KeatingFiv Lobbyists MarilynThompson NewYorkTimes NYTimes StephenLabaton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org VickiIseman Thu, 21 Feb 2008 16:17:00 +0000 admin 6014 at http://mrc.org Liberal Juvenilia on the Front Page http://mrc.org/articles/liberal-juvenilia-front-page <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A front-page headline to a story on an FCC decency ruling: &quot;If Bush Can Blurt Curse, So Can Network TV.&quot; That&#039;ll show him! </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>Stephen Labaton, <a href="http://www.timeswatch.org/twarticles/2005/20050517.asp " target="_self">last </a><a href="http://www.timeswatch.org/twarticles/2005/20050517.asp ">seen in Times Watch </a>crusading against conservative complaints about liberal bias in programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, turned Tuesday to a decision by a federal appeals panel that "struck down the government policy that allows stations and networks to be fined if they broadcast shows containing obscene language." </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/liberal-juvenilia-front-page" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch DecencyRuling DickCheney FCC GeorgeW.Bush NewYorkTimes NYTimes PBS StephenLabaton TimesWatch TimesWatch.org Vulgarity Tue, 05 Jun 2007 15:28:00 +0000 admin 5618 at http://mrc.org