Bumiller Promotes Sheehan, Other Women Against War White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller's White House Letter, "In the Struggle Over the Iraq War, Women Are on the Front Line," expands her usual cheerleading for the inflammatory Cindy Sheehan to embrace other anti-war women. "As President Bush traveled around the country last week, he got caught up in a battle of women. Women - mothers and widows of men killed in Iraq - were the most vocal leaders of antiwar protests in Texas, Idaho and Utah that dogged Mr. Bush all week. Another woman, Tammy Pruett, whose husband and five sons have... continue reading
Ending World Poverty, One Movie at a Time Alessandra Stanley reviews an HBO movie for Saturday's Arts section -"The Girl in the Caf," a quirky-sounding production about a civil servant's crush on a girl he meets in a London coffee shop and takes to a G8 summit meeting in Iceland. Tracking the plot (the girl harangues his colleagues with liberal political statements, to the mortification of her older date) Stanley makes solving world poverty sound amazingly simple: "And that is the real fantasy behind 'The Girl in the Caf,' one rooted in a Great Man theory of economics: one famous... continue reading
An Anti-Lynching Apology in the Senate: No Word from Sen. Byrd? Congressional reporter Sheryl Gay Stolbergs Senate Issues Apology Over Failure on Antilynching Law explains a recent symbolic vote in the Senate: The formal apology, adopted by voice vote, was issued decades after senators blocked antilynching bills by filibuster. The resolution is the first time that members of Congress, who have apologized to Japanese-Americans for their internment in World War II and to Hawaiians for the overthrow of their kingdom, have apologized to African-Americans for any reason, proponents of the measure said. Noting that Republican Sen. George Allen of Virginia... continue reading
"The High Priestess of Unfettered Capitalism" Bush's nomination of Rep. Chris Cox to head the Securities and Exchange Commission makes Friday's Page One in an article by business reporter Stephen Labaton, accompanied by the leading headline, "Bush S.E.C. Pick Is Seen As Friend To Corporations." Labaton was no friend of the Republican-backed bankruptcy bill , which he feared would let "corrupt companies" off the hook. Now he worries that Rep. Cox admires Ayn Rand, "the high priestess of unfettered capitalism." He opens by calling the pro-regulation Donaldson "independent": "In Republican and business circles, William H. Donaldson has been viewed as... continue reading
How Ever Did Bush Win? Inauguration Day brings a big poll story from the usual reporting team of Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder, "Public Voicing Doubts on Iraq And the Economy, Poll Finds - Worries Mix With Optimism on Eve of 2nd Term." Reading the Times' take on the poll, it's a wonder Bush got to his second Inauguration Day at all. Nagourney and Toner begin their gloomy assessment: "On the eve of President Bush's second inauguration, most Americans say they do not expect the economy to improve or American troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by the time Mr... continue reading
Two 9-11 Scoops from the Times Two generally anti-Bush intelligence reporters, Eric Lichtblau and Philip Shenon , have important scoops in Wednesday's paper about anti-terrorist inaction on Clinton's watch. But will the networks newscasts notice? First up is Lichtblau's "State Dept. Says It Warned About bin Laden in 1996," buried on A12: "State Department analysts warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 that Osama bin Laden's move to Afghanistan would give him an even more dangerous haven as he sought to expand radical Islam 'well beyond the Middle East,' but the government chose not to deter the move, newly declassified... continue reading
The GOP: Losing by Winning Is it all downhill from here for the GOP? The Times likes to think so, judging by Monday's story from Adam Nagourney and Richard Stevenson, "Some See Risks for G.O.P. as it Revels in New Powers." It begins: "President Bush begins his second term with the Republican Party in its strongest position in over 50 years, but his clout is already being tested by Republican doubts about his domestic agenda, rising national unease about Iraq and the threat of second-term overreaching, officials in both parties say." Nagourney and Stevenson find Republicans warning of "hubris": "But... continue reading
Again, NYT Plays Up Flawed Factoid from Pro-PBS Liberal Senator Sheryl Gay Stolberg takes over Stephen Labaton's PBS beat with Friday's "Researcher's Appraisals of Commentators Are Released," an analysis of research commissioned by new Corporation for Public Broadcasting chairman Ken Tomlinson about the liberal leanings of PBS shows like "Now" with Bill Moyers. "A researcher secretly retained by the chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to monitor liberal bias in public radio and television set his sights on several media personalities, including Bill Moyers, Tucker Carlson, Tavis Smiley, David Brancaccio and Diane Rehm, according to documents made public Thursday... continue reading
Greenspan's "Irrational Exuberance" Predicted Stock Plunge? Mark Stein's Saturday review of the week in business includes a bite on the supposed "housing bubble" and what Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has to say about it: "Frothy exuberance? People who think the housing market is robust and those who think it is scary each had a little more evidence this week to make their case. The median price of existing homes in the United States jumped more than 15 percent, to $206,000, last month from April 2004. The median price of new homes also climbed 3.8 percent last month, to $230,800... continue reading
An Anti-Republican Protest, As Reported by a Protestor Princeton University student and Times stringer Elizabeth Landau's May 6 anti-Frist story (which TimesWatch cited for bias) earns the following editor's note on Saturday: "An article on May 6 described a demonstration at Princeton University against the proposal by Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader and a Princeton graduate and board member, to bar filibusters on judicial nominees. The writer, a freelance contributor who is a Princeton student, did not disclose to The Times that before she was assigned the article, she had participated in the demonstration. The Times does not ordinarily... continue reading