Cowell Not Cowed from Blaming Tony Blair The Saturday and Sunday editions bring stories from London bureau chief Alan Cowell on the terrorist bombings that killed over 50 people there. As is his wont, Cowell wastes no time in fingering British Prime Minister Tony Blair (aka "Bush's poodle") for a bit of blame: "Increasingly, though, Britons seemed to be interpreting the attacks as a direct result of Mr. Blair's support for President Bush in the Iraq war and America's campaign against terrorism. 'The price for being America's foremost ally, for joining President Bush's Iraq adventure, was always likely to be... continue reading
The Spirit of Sheehan Lives On Cindy Sheehan is gone, but her Bush-bashing crusade lives on thanks to White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller, whose Monday and Tuesday reports both focus on the the anti-war mother who recently halted her vigil to be with her ill mother. Bumiller writes Monday: "There is no sign that Mr. Bush will meet with Ms. Sheehan (he met with her once in a group in June 2004, two months after her son's death, when she said that he was disrespectful for calling her 'Mom'), but he did say shortly after she began her vigil on... continue reading
Understanding the Anger of the London Terrorists A Saturday Page One story from London by Hassan Fattah, "Anger Burns on The Fringe of Britain's Muslims," is predominantly a profile of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a controversial Islamic movement in Britain. But the story. opens with a sympathetic look at friends of the terrorists who slaughtered over 50 civilians in London 11 days ago. "At Beeston's Cross Flats Park, in the center of this now embattled town, Sanjay Dutt and his friends grappled Friday with why their friend Kakey, better known to the world as Shehzad Tanweer, had decided to become a suicide... continue reading
Helms vs. Byrd at the NYT Reporter Carl Hulse flips through former Sen. Jesse Helms' memoir, "Here's Where I Stand." The headline accurately captures the loaded nature of the review: "In Memoir, Jesse Helms Says He Was No Racist." Hulse begins: "Former Senator Jesse Helms defends his record on race relations and explores his role in the rise of the modern conservative movement in a new memoir that reserves some of its harshest words for the news media." Hulse brings up some of Helms' most controversial moments (in the media, anyway): "In his book, he disputes the idea that he... continue reading
Another Cheer for Cindy Sheehan With White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller writing, rest assured there's room for anti-war Bush-basher Cindy Sheehan, even in a story headlined "For 3rd Day in a Row, Bush Says Withdrawal Now From Iraq Would Embolden Terrorists." And for the second day in a row, Bumiller ignores Cindy Sheehan's inflammatory remarks about Bush and Israel: "President Bush told thousands of National Guard members and their families on Wednesday that an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq would only embolden terrorists and make America and its allies more vulnerable to attack. Defending his administration's military stance... continue reading
Skipping Embarrassing Parts of Capitol Anti-War Gathering Scott Shane respectfully covers a left-wing anti-war gathering in a Capitol Hill basement in Friday's "Antiwar Group Says Leaked White House Memo Shows Bush Misled Public on His War Plans." The story's text box speaks truth to power: "As the White House dismisses accusations about its behavior, loud calls for answers." But his story skips over some of the inconveniently nutty aspects of the gathering. Shane opens today's story: "Opponents of the war in Iraq held an unofficial hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday to draw attention to a leaked British government document... continue reading
Where's Howie? Not in the Times DNC boss Howard Dean's inflammatory statements have even prominent members of his party (including liberals Sen. Joe Biden and Rep. Barney Frank) distancing themselves - and party fundraising is suffering. But the Times doesn't find the turmoil interesting or even newsworthy. So far the Times has made do with a single underwhelming Adam Nagourney story in May that was rather mild about Dean's "freewheeling remarks" (such as saying Rep. Tom DeLay belonged in jail and "I hate what the Republicans are doing to this country, I really do"). Perhaps the Times thinks it filled... continue reading
Public Blaming Locals More Than Bush - But NYT Ignores Finding Following the resignation of Michael Brown as the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Richard Stevenson files "After Days of Criticism, Emergency Director Resigns." "Mr. Brown had become a political liability to the White House, even in his constrained new role. Democrats in Congress had been questioning how the administration could retain him in such an important job as director of FEMA after his performance in responding to the hurricane. A poll taken over the weekend by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, a... continue reading
Karl Rove Testing Bush's Loyalty? Judy Miller's revenge continues, as Wednesday's front page features a "White House Memo" from David Sanger, "Rove Case May Loom as Test of Loyalty for Bush," on who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame (and husband of anti-war hero Joseph Wilson) to the press. Karl Rove told Time Magazine's Matthew Cooper in July 2003 that Ambassador Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, though apparently without revealing her name or that she was covert. Nevertheless, Sanger continues the Karl Rove resignation watch: "Loyalty has long been the most hallowed virtue in the Bush... continue reading
Laura Bush: Ignorant or Malicious? One certainly can't accuse White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller of giving Laura Bush "typical" first lady soft-soap coverage. First Bumiller implied Ms. Bush was off the reservation on matters of White House security. Then, in Monday's "The First Lady's Mideast Sandstorm," Bumiller tries to make a gaffe out of a comment Laura Bush made about Egyptian democracy while in the country two weeks ago (yes, two weeks ago). "For more than four years now, Laura Bush has been the popular and uncontroversial first lady, the one who reads to schoolchildren, plants environmentally correct native grasses... continue reading