Dubious Oddsmaking on Obama’s Cabinet

This Newsweek interactive feature that offers odds on Obama’s cabinet picks describes Lawrence Summers, who pushed for the policies that led to the financial crisis (Beat the Press, 11/5/08), as “A world-class economist, the former Harvard University president is valued for his deep experience in handling financial crises,” and calls Richard Holbrooke, whose impossible ultimatums led to the Kosovo War (FAIR Press Release, 5/14/99), as “one of the most talented negotiators in the U.S. diplomatic corps.”

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.