NYT Finds the Guy Who Wants You to Cut His Jobless Benefits

Leave it to the New York Times (10/7/11) to find a guy collecting unemployment who opposes the extension of unemployment benefits. He’s “Dan Tolleson, a researcher and writer with a Ph.D. in politics…whose last good job was working for a group that aims to replace the income tax with a national sales tax.” But don’t think reporter Shaila Dewan picked some unrepresentative oddball to highlight just to make a political point about “how divisive the question has become of providing a bigger safety net to the long-term jobless.” Oh no–quite the contrary: Even among those struggling to find work, Mr. […]


NYT Finds CNN Hatemonger Is Really a Big Softie

There’s a certain the-monster-isn’t-so-bad genre of journalism–profiling some character known for vicious misanthropy, usually a right-wing media personality, only to assure readers that once you get to know them, you realize that they don’t actually mean all the nasty things they say. (The Time cover story on Ann Coulter discussed here is perhaps the classic example.) Today the New York Times (5/12/10) offers us an intimate look at Eric Erickson under the headline “CNN Pundit Draws Ire From All Sides.” Erickson is the blogger best known for his assertion that Supreme Court Justice David Souter was a “goat-fucking child molester.” […]