Missing a Bush Protester's Pro-Saddam Tilt After filing a favorable story on preparations by extremist left-wing protesters to disrupt the Bush inaugural, Michael Janofsky relates their giddiness as their plans come to fruition on Inauguration Day in "Demonstrators Revel in Opposition on Big Day for President." He sketches the scene: "For all their disgust with President Bush's inauguration, protesters could hardly have been happier. They screamed. They chanted. They held up signs. They got their message onto national television. And when Mr. Bush's motorcade rolled right past them on Pennsylvania Avenue at Fourth Street shortly after 3 p.m., they let... continue reading
The Times' Flood Control Hypocrisy Hurricane Katrina is a natural disaster unparalleled in modern times, leaving at least half of a major city underwater. In this national tragedy, the nation's paper of record rises to the occasion by declaring everything Bush's fault. But perhaps some blame could be more plausibly apportioned to the Times' own editorial page. Thursday's lead editorial, "Waiting for a Leader," pretends to be focused on the here-and-now while actually looking ahead to blame Bush: "While our attention must now be on the Gulf Coast's most immediate needs, the nation will soon ask why New Orleans's levees... continue reading
Roberts Protected Reagan from His "Most Zealous Instincts" Todd Purdum and John Broder report out the latest release of files from the work product of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, "Nominee's Early Files Show Many Cautions for Top Officials, Including Reagan." The Times portrays Reagan's "most zealous instincts": "As a young lawyer in the Reagan White House, it was John G. Roberts Jr. who often found himself urging caution on his elders - including the president himself - in an effort to shield them from not only legal errors but also political blunders and public relations missteps, great and small... continue reading
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