From a book review in today's Times, by critic Dwight Garner: "When a writer says something new and real, it can be shocking, like a surprise emission from a bodily orifice."
I think an editor would have done better to just end the sentence after the word "shocking" and save the reader the unpleasant shock of the rest of the sentence. As we've written here previously, the Times approach to editing this particular critic isn't exactly what you'd call a tight leash.
A dispatch in the national section of the Times begins:
Isn't "wealthy philanthropists" redundant? If the philanthopists are mired in poverty, tell us so; otherwise, we will agree simply to assume that anyone giving away lots of money is rich to begin with. Especially since the subheadline over that paragraph is "Wealthy foundations back Minnesota Lawsuit." We don't hear anything in the story or the headline about how wealthy the teachers unions are. Nor do we usually hear, at least this prominently, about the wealth of the foundations or philanthropists involved when the legal cases being pressed are those that advance left-of-center, Times-favored (now there's my own redundancy) causes.
From a recent New York Times real estate article: "The reclusive and litigious developer Sheldon Solow, for example, has been party to hundreds of lawsuits, while the closemouthed heirs of Sol Goldman's estate rarely sell any of their vast holdings."
I've written in the past about how:
A Times dispatch from Fall River, Mass., reports, "Like other former mill towns throughout the Northeast, Fall River necessarily refocused its economic base after the textile industry began departing in the 1990s." (The language is repeated in a photo cutline that goes with the article.)
The Algemeiner has been publishing a lot of New York Times criticism by me focusing on Israel, Jewish matters, and the war on Islamist terrorism. I encourage anyone interested in those topics to check out the coverage at this link.
Reader-community member-watchdog-content co-creator Bob Hill of Pinecrest, Fla. writes:
A sidebar to an otherwise pretty fascinating Times article about Eli Zabar's adventures in the wine business introduces a list of wines with the following language: "The wine list at Eli Zabar's restaurant Eli's Table offers many great values; not just expensive older bottles, but moderately priced wines as well. Here are six examples of sparkling, white and red." The list of wines that follows includes bottles at the following prices: $195, $190, $60, $295, $250, and $60."
If $60 is the Times floor for a "moderately priced" bottle of wine and four of the six bottles on the list cost at least $190, you start to wonder who the newspaper thinks is reading this stuff, or whether the paper's definition of "moderately priced" has much to do with the reality of most Americans.
The Algemeiner is going to be publishing some of my writing about the New York Times' coverage of Israel and Jewish topics. The first piece is now up, about a Times editorial critical of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Please check out the column at the Algemeiner by clicking the link here.
A New York Times dispatch from Jerusalem gives a brief history of the conflict over sovereignty in the city as follows:
Times restaurant critic Pete Wells, who we've noticed earlier (here and here) dilating on what he calls the "pleasure" of being served by women and "others who don't look like men of European descent," is at it again. In a three-star review of Bouley, Wells writes, "I wish more women worked in Bouley's dining room; the gender imbalance there is old-fashioned in the wrong way."
In USA Today, David Mastio has a nice dissection of a Times article about a poll purporting to show that "Nearly 20 percent of Mr. Trump's voters disagreed with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation." Mr. Mastio writes:
The Times science section waddled in recently with a big front-of-the-section news article about Senator Parry Murray's effort to secure government funding for in vitro fertilization treatment for injured veterans. The PBS News Hour program did this story back in January; NPR did it in February. It took the Times until March to get it in the paper. At a certain point it's not news, it's olds. The Times story gives no credit to either PBS or NPR.
A Times report on the news that the public editor, Margaret Sullivan, will become a columnist of the Washington Post includes this language: "Ms. Sullivan assumed her role at The Times in 2012, and her tenure was scheduled to end in August." August 2015? August 2016? It isn't clear from the Times article.
The article goes on:
A tweet from the New York Times World Twitter account included a photo and the line, "These women are condemned by conservatives for riding bikes in Gaza." While the idea of sexist "conservatives" may reinforce the preexisting ideas of the Times liberal readers and play well on social media, the article itself doesn't include the word "conservative." The people objecting to the bicycle riding are adherents of what the Times describes as "the Islamist Hamas movement." That might be as easily and accurately described as Islamic radicalism as conservatism.
Another word that doesn't appear in the article is terrorist. The Times refers to "a fighter in the militant group Islamic Jihad" and to "the 2014 war between Gaza militants and Israel." To the Times, they aren't terrorists, but militants, even when the groups in question are listed as terrorist groups by the U.S. government.
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