Left-Wing Times Staffers Go Wild on Campus
"Our government had turned its energy and attention away from upholding the rule of law and toward creating law-free zones at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Haditha, and other places around the world. And let's not forget the sustained assault on women's reproductive freedom and the hijacking of public policy by religious fundamentalism." - Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse talking at Harvard, June 9.
Fervid Friedman: "It Is So Important That the Republicans Lose"
"It is so important that the Republicans lose, because if the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice team can get away with the grotesque incompetence they have exhibited in Iraq - a war that was not preordained to fail, but was never given a proper chance to succeed - it makes this country look like a banana republic....So here's hoping the Republicans lose the House and the Senate and realize that if they don't start acting responsibly they'll suffer an even worse defeat in '08." - Columnist Thomas Friedman, October 4.
The "Sadism" of "The Passion"
From Nathan Lee's October 6 review of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Beginning."
Foley Has Already "Undermined" GOP Chances of Holding Congress
Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse, October 5.
And That Has What to Do with Mark Foley?
"They certainly should have done more. And that, in a way, is the most profound ethical transgression, that this, it seems to me, is a part of a larger pattern of the administration's habit of secrecy, of cover-ups. We see other example in Bob Woodward's book. You know, democracy relies on transparency and openness. And to undermine that is really an ethical transgression. It's a profound assault on civic virtue, on democracy itself." - Randy Cohen, author of the "The Ethicist" column for the Times, ostensibly commenting on the Rep. Mark Foley scandal on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees," October 2.
Respect for the Dead
"Former Representative Helen P. Chenoweth-Hage of Idaho, an archconservative who ridiculed the Endangered Species Act and the protection of salmon in her own state and called for disbanding large parts of the federal government, died on Monday in a car accident in Nevada." - Lead sentence to Rep. Chenoweth-Hage's obituary, by reporter Randal Archibold, October 4.
The Times Would Never Tend Toward Partisanship
"While The Herald is a traditional American newspaper that prizes neutrality, El Nuevo Herald tends toward partisanship, especially against Mr. Castro." - Katharine Seelye, October 4, on a controversy over Miami journalists being paid government money for anti-Castro radio commentaries.
For GOP, Even Good News Is Bad
"Despite their troubles, many Republican leaders believe tumbling gas prices could be their salvation. But even that benefit has drawbacks. Many Americans tell pollsters they believe that the drop was politically orchestrated to help Republicans in the election." - Carl Hulse and Kate Zernike, October 1.
Iran's "Flowery, Almost Socratic" Holocaust Denier
- Helene Cooper, September 21.
Which Way Is It?
"G.O.P. Sets Aside Work on Immigration." - Headline to a September 5 story from Hulse and Rachel Swarns.
"G.O.P. in Senate Narrows Immigration Focus to 700-Mile Fence." - Headline to a September 21 Carl Hulse story.