Will U.K. Emulate America's "Draconian" Anti-Terror Laws? Thursday's lead by London bureau chief Alan Cowell updates the search for the London terrorists ("British Seeking 5th Man, Thought To Be Ringleader") and samples some local flavor off of talk shows and TV. Tony Blair (or at least, "the government") comes in for more Cowell blame . "In radio talk shows and in e-mail messages to television stations, Britons seemed puzzled - and annoyed - about the causes of the attack. Some expressed frustration with the government's close alliance with the United States in its campaign against terrorism, which has led to... 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
Judy Miller's Revenge? Judy Miller's revenge? White House reporter Richard Stevenson goes after Bush adviser Karl Rove's alleged involvement in the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to the press in Tuesday's lead story, "At White House, A Day Of Silence On Role Of Rove." Valerie Plame is of course the wife of erstwhile diplomat turned antiwar hero Joseph Wilson, who was sent to Africa to investigate claims Saddam Hussein tried to acquire uranium and who wrote an op-ed for the Times alleging there was nothing to the allegations. Stevenson opens with the White House playing defense: "Nearly two... continue reading
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
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
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
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
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