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.
A Times article by Nicholas Confessore and Sarah Cohen appears under the derisive headline, "How Jeb Bush Spent $130 Million Running For President With Nothing To Show For It." It includes this passage:
Amid a Thomas Friedman column claiming that "it's an outrage that we can't control our border" comes this passage:
Mr. Norquist responded on Twitter with characteristic grace:
A Times article about the socialist senator from Vermont who is running for president as a Democrat, Bernie Sanders, reports that he "even spent time on an Israeli kibbutz in the 1960s." As William Safire points out on Twitter, the formulation "Israeli kibbutz" is a redundancy. Call the Squad Squad, as Mr. Safire might say.
Some might argue that the word "Israeli" helps people who don't know what a kibbutz is. But my view is that those people can look it up in a dictionary, and that the paper needn't be edited for the most ignorant readers. If the Times editors really think a definition is necessary, a more elegant way to do it would be with a parenthetical phrase — "a kibbutz, an Israeli collective farm, in the 1960s" — rather than the inartful way the paper wound up doing it.
Andrew Ross Sorkin's column today, which appears under the headline "Roadblocks en Route From Wall Street to Washington," has some problems.
Mr. Sorkin writes: "Henry Paulson, the former chief executive of Goldman Sachs, was the last Wall Street executive to be appointed Treasury secretary." Not accurate. The current Treasury Secretary, Jacob Lew, is a former Wall Street executive, having earned a bonus of $940,000 for his work at Citigroup in 2008 on top of his base compensation of $1.1 million.
The Times has an interview with NYU professor and movie director Spike Lee. The paper describes him as "thoughtful, chatty and intense." From the interview:
A photo cutline in the Times refers to "Rabbi Sarah Silverman, right, of Women of the Wall." The rabbi's correct name is Susan Silverman. She has a sister named Sarah, but that Silverman is a writer/actress/comedian, not a rabbi.
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