Campaign2008 http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/752/all en 'Romney Riches Are Being Seen as New Hurdle' - at the Times, Anyway http://mrc.org/articles/romney-riches-are-being-seen-new-hurdle-times-anyway <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wealthy hedge fund consultant (and liberal Democrat) John Edwards didn&#039;t get nearly this kind of scrutiny of his personal finances during the 2008 Democratic primary. </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 New York Times has been going to town on controversies over Mitt Romney's money, from his personal tax rate to the work of Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded. Thursday's front page story goes into excruciating detail on what is known about Romney's wealth, under the self-fulfilling headline '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/us/politics/romney-riches-are-being-seen-as-new-hurdle.html?_r=1&ref=politics&pagewanted=all">Romney Riches Are Being Seen as New Hurdle</a>,' by Nicholas Confessore, David Kocieniewski, and Michael Luo.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/romney-riches-are-being-seen-new-hurdle-times-anyway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch BainCapital Campaign2008 Campaign2012 DoubleStandards FortressInvestmentGroup JohnEdwards JohnKerry liberalmediabias MittRomney NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch wealth Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:51:00 +0000 38784 at http://mrc.org Lead Story on South Carolina Debate Crammed With 'Conservatives' http://mrc.org/articles/lead-story-south-carolina-debate-crammed-conservatives <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also: Remember the &quot;early promise&quot; of moderate Jon Huntsman Jr.&#039;s presidential campaign? Neither do most Republicans. </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>New York Times reporter Katharine Seelye reported from the scene of Monday night's Republican debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and indulged in a conservative labeling frenzy: Ten occasions in Seelye's 824-word lead story on Tuesday, not counting the anti-Republican headline: '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/us/politics/discord-among-conservatives-as-romney-picks-up-steam.html?ref=politics">Discord in G.O.P.</a></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/lead-story-south-carolina-debate-crammed-conservatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Campaign2012 DoubleStandards KatharineSeelye LabelingBias liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias SouthCarolina TimesWatch Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:32:00 +0000 38778 at http://mrc.org 'Conservative Christians': Another Biased Labeling Eruption at the Times http://mrc.org/articles/conservative-christians-another-biased-labeling-eruption-times <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conservative label overload: &quot;Many religious conservatives question Mr. Romney&#039;s bona fides on what to them are non-negotiable issues, like opposing abortion and same-sex marriage. Pointing to the large conservative electoral gains in 2010 and Mr. Obama&#039;s weakened position, they see a rare opportunity this year to put a &#039;true conservative&#039; in the White House, and many say they will be disappointed if Mr. Romney wins the nomination.&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>The presence of conservative Christians sends Times political reporters into labeling overload, and that's where Erik Eckholm could be found Saturday, '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/us/politics/evangelicals-hurry-to-find-alternative-to-romney.html?sq=erik%20eckholm&st=cse&scp=2&pagewanted=all">Evangelicals Step Up Efforts to United on an Alternative to Romney</a>.' </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/conservative-christians-another-biased-labeling-eruption-times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Campaign2012 Christians DoubleStandards ErikEckholm LabelingBias liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Mon, 09 Jan 2012 20:16:00 +0000 38764 at http://mrc.org NYT Goes Label-Crazy on 'Conservatives' in 2012, But in 2008 Dems Were Only 'Populist' http://mrc.org/bias-alerts/nyt-goes-label-crazy-conservatives-2012-2008-dems-were-only-populist <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 lead story on the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses, '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/us/politics/romney-showing-financial-muscle-for-next-round.html?hp=&pagewanted=all">Romney Showing Financial Muscle For Next Round</a>,' found New York Times reporters Jim Rutenberg (pictured) and Jeff Zeleny a little label-happy in Manchester, New Hampshire, using twelve variations on the 'conservative' label in a 1,236-word story. <br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bias-alerts/nyt-goes-label-crazy-conservatives-2012-2008-dems-were-only-populist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert Campaign2008 Campaign2012 DoubleStandards Iowa JeffZeleny JimRutenberg LabelingBias liberalmediabias NewHampshire Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:33:00 +0000 38845 at http://mrc.org NYT Goes Label-Crazy on 'Conservatives' in 2012, But in 2008 Dems Were Only 'Populist' http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-goes-label-crazy-conservatives-2012-2008-dems-were-only-populist <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Times used the word &quot;conservative&quot; 12 times in a campaign story from New Hampshire, but in 2008 reporter Michael Powell called Michael Dukakis a &quot;pragmatist&quot; and ultra-liberal politicians John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, and Jesse Jackson &quot;populists.&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>Thursday's lead story on the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses, '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/us/politics/romney-showing-financial-muscle-for-next-round.html?hp=&pagewanted=all">Romney Showing Financial Muscle For Next Round</a>,' found New York Times reporters Jim Rutenberg (pictured) and Jeff Zeleny a little label-happy in Manchester, New Hampshire, using twelve variations on the 'conservative' label in a 1,236-word story. </p> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/uploads/Jim_Rutenberg.jpg" border="0" /></div> <p> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-goes-label-crazy-conservatives-2012-2008-dems-were-only-populist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Campaign2012 DoubleStandards Iowa JeffZeleny JimRutenberg LabelingBias liberalmediabias NewHampshire NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:02:00 +0000 38756 at http://mrc.org NYT Quickly Fronts Vague Cain Charges, Ignored John Edwards Adultery Allegations Almost a Year http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-quickly-fronts-vague-cain-charges-ignored-john-edwards-adultery-allegations-almost-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While the Times put 15-year-old anonymous accusations of sexual harassment against GOP candidate Herman Cain on the front page just one full day after they surfaced, it waited 10 months before covering allegations of adultery against Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards - after the candidate himself was compelled to confess. </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> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-quickly-fronts-vague-cain-charges-ignored-john-edwards-adultery-allegations-almost-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch BillKeller Campaign2008 Campaign2012 DoubleStandards HermanCain JohnEdwards JohnMcCain liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias SexualHarassment TimesWatch Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:32:00 +0000 admin 608 at http://mrc.org Puzzlement Over NYT Opinion Editor's 'Petty Fib' on Times' Endorsement of McCain http://mrc.org/articles/puzzlement-over-nyt-opinion-editors-petty-fib-times-endorsement-mccain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Times&#039; Andrew Rosenthal told James Taranto his paper had not endorsed John McCain in the Republican primary in 2008: &quot;We said he was best of BAD choices. No endorsement.&quot; So why did other newspaper and even the Times itself say it endorsed McCain? </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>Andrew Rosenthal may think twice before engaging in political parlay with James Taranto again. Rosenthal, the New York Times' editorial page editor, came out on the losing end of a Twitter argument with Taranto, who puts together Opinion Journal's Best of the Web, a Wall Street Journal project. Taranto summarized it in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204777904576649993085008396.html">Monday's edition</a>.<br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/puzzlement-over-nyt-opinion-editors-petty-fib-times-endorsement-mccain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch AndrewRosenthal Campaign2008 Campaign2012 Endorsements HermanCain JamesTaranto JohnMcCain liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:08:00 +0000 admin 597 at http://mrc.org Bill Keller Questions Faith of G.O.P. Candidates, Compares Belief in God to Belief in Aliens http://mrc.org/articles/bill-keller-questions-faith-gop-candidates-compares-belief-god-belief-aliens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bill Keller questions the faith of top Republican candidates, after ignoring Obama&#039;s preacher problem during the 2008 campaign. &quot;Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, a faith that many conservative Christians have been taught is a &#039;cult&#039; and that many others think is just weird....Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are all affiliated with fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity, which has raised concerns about their respect for the separation of church and state, not to mention the separation of fact and fiction....I honestly don&#039;t care if Mitt Romney wears Mormon undergarments beneath his Gap skinny jeans, or if he believes that the stories of ancient American prophets were engraved on gold tablets and buried in upstate New York, or that Mormonism&#039;s founding prophet practiced polygamy (which was disavowed by the church in 1890). Every faith has its baggage, and every faith holds beliefs that will seem bizarre to outsiders. I grew up believing that a priest could turn a bread wafer into the actual flesh of Christ.&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>Bill Keller's upcoming column in the New York Times' Sunday magazine, '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/magazine/asking-candidates-tougher-questions-about-faith.html?_r=1">Asking Candidates Tougher Questions About Faith</a>,' raised familiar liberal paranoia about the conservative religious views of Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/bill-keller-questions-faith-gop-candidates-compares-belief-god-belief-aliens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch BarackObama BillKeller Campaign2008 Campaign2012 Christianity DoubleStandards liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Religion TimesWatch Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:59:00 +0000 admin 493 at http://mrc.org Times Initially Omits John Edwards' Party ID After Indictment; Quick to Label Troubled GOP http://mrc.org/articles/times-initially-omits-john-edwards-party-id-after-indictment-quick-label-troubled-gop <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Katharine Seelye&#039;s initial online report on the indictment on campaign finance violations of John Edwards, the former senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate left out one crucial word: Democrat.&quot; Yet the Times is quick to label Republicans in controversies in the headline or opening paragraph. </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> Where's the party? New York Times reporter Katharine Seelye filed an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/us/politics/04edwards.html">online report early Friday</a> on the breaking story of the indictment on campaign finance violations of John Edwards, the former senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate (and John Kerry's 2004 running mate), on charges he violated campaign finance law to conceal an extramarital affair during his presidential campaign. Only one thing missing from Seelye's original filing: His political party.<br /><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/times-initially-omits-john-edwards-party-id-after-indictment-quick-label-troubled-gop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Indictment JohnEdwards KatharineSeelye LabelingBias liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias PartyIdentification TimesWatch Fri, 03 Jun 2011 17:22:00 +0000 admin 342 at http://mrc.org Calmes Complains GOP Didn't Sufficiently 'Accommodate' Obama by Passing Liberal Laws During Time of National Crisis http://mrc.org/articles/calmes-complains-gop-didnt-sufficiently-accommodate-obama-passing-liberal-laws-during-time- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jackie Calmes, impatient with Republicans for not sufficiently accommodating Obama during a time of national crisis (i.e. early in his presidency): &quot;I&#039;m going to go out on a limb, at the risk of sounding like I&#039;m expressing an opinion. If there&#039;s one time I think people should accommodate each other, it&#039;s in times of national crisis. I think the period from late 2008 to early 2009 was just such a period. And I just want to give four examples as to where I think the Republicans did not accommodate....the health care bill. People talk about government takeover and how this was a liberal bill. Well, just ask the liberals how liberal it was.&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>Reporter Jackie Calmes appeared on a panel discussion on "<a href="http://www.c-spanarchives.org/program/id/237719">The Role of Minority Party in Congress</a>" held at the Wilson International Center for Scholars on Monday and aired by C-SPAN.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/calmes-complains-gop-didnt-sufficiently-accommodate-obama-passing-liberal-laws-during-time-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch BarackObama Campaign2008 congress CSPAN JackieCalmes liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Obama-Care Republicans TimesWatch WilsonInternationalCenter Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:19:00 +0000 admin 7942 at http://mrc.org NYT Celebrates Hypothetical Success of Far-Left Nation Mag, Lamented National Review 'Nastiness' After 2008 Election http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-celebrates-hypothetical-success-far-left-nation-mag-lamented-national-review-nastiness- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeremy Peters celebrates success at the far-left Nation that has yet to occur: &quot;Despite all the gloom, could last week&#039;s Democratic pummeling actually have a silver lining for The Nation, once home to writers like Henry James, Ezra Pound, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and even Yeats?&quot; Yet when Obama won in 2008, the Times not only didn&#039;t predict the rise of National Review, it attacked the magazine&#039;s &quot;nastiness.&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>Lemons into lemonade: The front of Monday's Business Day by Jeremy Peters sees good times ahead for the far-left Nation magazine: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/business/media/08nation.html?_r=1&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all">"Bad News for Liberals May Be Good News for a Liberal Magazine</a>." (The Nation is more accurately described as left-wing.)<br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/nyt-celebrates-hypothetical-success-far-left-nation-mag-lamented-national-review-nastiness-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Campaign2010 DoubleStandard JeremyPeters liberalmediabias NationalReview NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TheNation TimesWatch Mon, 08 Nov 2010 20:10:00 +0000 admin 7926 at http://mrc.org Former Food Writer Provides Post-Election Comfort Food for Liberals http://mrc.org/articles/former-food-writer-provides-post-election-comfort-food-liberals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kim Severson: Unlike the 2008 election, when liberals celebrated the politics of hope and change to address the country&#039;s problems and some conservatives began to embrace what would become the Tea Party&#039;s brand of revolution, Tuesday&#039;s contests were underscored by a deep sense of malaise on all sides....Adding to the grim feel in many polling places was the realization that the most expensive midterm election in history - a record $3.8 billion was spent - brought what appeared to be a new low in civil discourse, voters said. </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>Kim Severson, a former food writer for the paper, filed from Columbus, Ohio for the front of the paper's special post-election section: "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/03/us/politics/03mood.html?ref=kim_severson">More Resigned Than Angry, Voters Seek a Fix for the Economy</a>." While eschewing the easy liberal cliche of "angry voters," Severson provided some comfort food for liberals discussing the difference between the 2008 vote (celebration) and this one (malaise, nastiness).<br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/former-food-writer-provides-post-election-comfort-food-liberals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2008 Campaign2010 DoubleStandards KimSeverson liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Ohio TimesWatch Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:30:00 +0000 admin 7915 at http://mrc.org More Convenient Front-Page Fretting in the New York Times About 'Anonymous' GOP Donors http://mrc.org/bias-alerts/more-convenient-front-page-fretting-new-york-times-about-anonymous-gop-donors <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>Tuesday's front page featured the Times' latest convenient attack on anonymous donors supporting Republican candidates in the November elections: "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/us/politics/12donate.html">Offering Donors Secrecy, and Going On Attack,</a>" a 2,000-word expose from reporters Jim Rutenberg, Don Van Natta Jr., and Mike McIntire. <br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bias-alerts/more-convenient-front-page-fretting-new-york-times-about-anonymous-gop-donors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division anonymous BarackObama BiasAlert Campaign2008 Campaign2010 CampaignDonations DoubleStandards GinnyThomas JackieCalmes JimRutenberg liberalmediabias Wed, 13 Oct 2010 21:26:00 +0000 36785 at http://mrc.org More Convenient Front-Page Fretting About 'Anonymous' GOP Donors http://mrc.org/articles/more-convenient-front-page-fretting-about-anonymous-gop-donors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taking a cue from liberal interest groups and the Obama White House, the Times puts some supposedly scary stuff on its front page: &quot;Like many of the other groups with anodyne names engaged in the battle to control Congress, it does not have to identify its donors, keeping them - and their possible motivations - shrouded from the public.&quot; But the Times wasn&#039;t so worried about anonymous donors to Obama&#039;s 2008 campaign. </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>Tuesday's front page featured the Times' latest convenient attack on anonymous donors supporting Republican candidates in the November elections: "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/us/politics/12donate.html">Offering Donors Secrecy, and Going On Attack,</a>" a 2,000-word expose from reporters Jim Rutenberg, Don Van Natta Jr., and Mike McIntire. <br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/more-convenient-front-page-fretting-about-anonymous-gop-donors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch anonymous BarackObama Campaign2008 Campaign2010 CampaignDonations DoubleStandards GinnyThomas JackieCalmes JimRutenberg liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Wed, 13 Oct 2010 17:04:00 +0000 admin 7876 at http://mrc.org CBS's Katie Couric Gets Another Journalism Award for Palin Interview http://mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbss-katie-couric-gets-another-journalism-award-palin-interview <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img height="162" width="240" src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2008-09-25-CBS-EN-Couric.jpg" /></div><p>In yet another testament to liberals celebrating liberals, on Thursday the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced that CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric won the Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her slanted 2008 interview with vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. <br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbss-katie-couric-gets-another-journalism-award-palin-interview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert Campaign2008 cbs EveningNews KatieCouric liberalmediabias SarahPalin Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:17:00 +0000 35538 at http://mrc.org