Billionaire’s Paper Hopes Well-Off Will Identify With Wealthy

Obama in a diner (photo: Doug Mills/NYT)

The last thing that the wealthy want is for the rest of the populace to unite against them politically. Luckily for them, the New York Times seems determined not to let that happen.


Centrist Anxiety at the New York Times

NYT Graphic on desirability of out-of-party marriage

The New York Times‘ Thomas Edsall (1/28/15) has some bad news: Republicans and Democrats aren’t getting along. “Political hostility in the United States is more and more becoming personal hostility,” he reports: New findings suggest that the sources of dispute in contemporary life go far beyond ideological differences or mere polarization. They have become elemental, almost tribal, tapping into in-group loyalty and out-group enmity. Back in 1960, about 5 percent of Democrats and Republicans alike would be displeased if their child married a member of the other major party; in 2010, 33 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republicans […]


Obama Stoops to Convincing Voters Not to Support the Other Guy


Thomas Byrne Edsall on the New York Times‘ Campaign Stops blog (7/23/12) accuses Barack Obama of “the politics of anything goes.” His evidence: The Obama campaign is running ads attempting to persuade voters not to vote for Mitt Romney. The logic here is sort of hard to follow. First Edsall quotes Obama telling “those who are preparing to divide us” in 2008 that “there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.” Then he points out that Obama’s 2012 campaign (like, undoubtedly, his 2008 campaign) identifies various demographic groups for messaging. I know, shocking. […]


CJR’s Bogus ‘Liberal Media’ Evidence

Tom Edsall argues on the Columbia Journalism Review website (10/8/09) that the mainstream media should just own up to the fact that they’re liberal. This comes as a response to the notion that the elite press missed out on the ACORN and Van Jones stories–a dubious premise. But Edsall doesn’t make much of a case. He writes that before 1965, “reporters were a mix of the working stiffs leavened by ne’er-do-well college grads unfit for corporate headquarters or divinity school.” Since then, however, the elite press”is composed in large part of ‘new’ or ‘creative’ class members of the liberal elite.” […]