Nov 20 2015

David Brooks’ ‘$120,000 Vacation’ Is No Joke

Bosphorus cruise (photo: Thibault Montamat)

Is New York Times columnist David Brooks seriously regaling readers with talk of his “spectacularly expensive hopscotch” on a “self-contained luxury caravan”?

Nov 19 2015

Death-Squad Organizer Is NYT’s Source on Ben Carson’s Lack of Foreign Policy Smarts

Duane Clarridge (photo: Mike Wintroath/AP)

In its effort to vet one of the leading GOP presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, the New York Times didn’t properly vet its primary source in this vetting, former CIA officer Duane Clarridge—an indicted liar and overseer of Contra death squads in Central America.

Nov 17 2015

It’s True, Media Did Cover Beirut Bombings–About 1/40th as Much as They Covered Paris Attacks

Funeral attendee, Beirut (photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty)

The much-retweeted Twitter complaint that “no media has covered” the Beirut bombing is wrong. But Max Fisher’s argument—that it’s wrong to blame media for the fact that “the world truly does care more about France”—is equally absurd.

Nov 16 2015

Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes

NYT video: Mourning in Paris

Just as the question of Al-Qaeda’s motives in 2001 provoked more self-congratulation than serious inquiry, coverage of Paris in 2015 tended to skirt over political realities.

Nov 12 2015

When Thomas Friedman Ridicules Campaign Economics, the Joke’s on Him

Bernie Sanders,Hillary Clinton debate

While there is much to ridicule in promises being put forward by the presidential candidates, the items to which Thomas Friedman devoted his column don’t fit the bill.

Nov 11 2015

60 Minutes Stands With Secret Keepers Against Those Who Expose Them

60 Minutes screenshot: "Into Dangerous Hands"

Elite journalists all too often have a tendency to identify not with those who expose official secrets but with those who persecute those who expose them

Nov 11 2015

‘Google This’ Is Good Advice From Netanyahu, Since NYT Won’t Check His Claims for You


The New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis relayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims without question–even when Netanyahu himself urged listeners to check up on his assertions:

Nov 03 2015

Black Lives Matter? Not in an NYT Graphic


That deaths among middle-aged whites are rising and falling among other groups is a remarkable story. But the story is complicated, surely, by the fact that the shocking news is that middle-age whites in the US now die 71 percent as often as blacks