Tuesday, July 20, 2004
A-16: Even cynical New York Times-bashers must be astonished that that is where the paper ran the news of the Sandy Berger criminal investigation. ... I guess they wouldn't want to bump that late-breaking piece on untucked shirttails from the front page. ... Note: In the Times' New York edition, I'm told, the Berger revelation appeared on page A-17. In the "National Edition" I hold in my hands it made A-16. ... P.S.: Below the fold! ...P.P.S: Way below ... Update: Yes, the story broke late in the day. But USA Today managed to get it on the front page. If the prestigious Times didn't want to rip up its Page A-1 layout--and that nice Mischa Barton pic--simply for, you know, news, it could easily have bumped one of its six front-page "teasers" and thereby alerted readers to the story inside. (Suggested less-than-riveting bumpee: "The Republican governors of the four most populous states have agreed to lobby Congress ....") And yes, I think that if an equivalent Republican--say, Richard Daman--had been caught smuggling secret docs, Mischa's pixels would have been toast! ... 4:06 P.M.
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Nagourney Watch: You have to love theclumsy, a__-saving, offends-all-sides, don't-make-me-take-a-position quality of that "perhaps disingenuously" in the first graf ... 12:43 A.M.
Saturday, July 17, 2004
John Edwards, opiate of the Dems: Rare Rasmussen bounce (for Kerry) nearly all gone. ... But the Edwards pick may have had one more durable effect--ending, or at least postponing, widespread Dem pessimism, a.k.a. Panic. The percentage of Democrats who now think Kerry will win is way up. ... Is Edwards like a narcotic--calming the Dems during the convention period, only to have them wake up later, when it's too late, to the grim pain of the unappealing personality who heads the ticket? Just a thought! ... P.S.: Alert reader Bob S. notes that while everyone was focused on Edwards' bounciness, the Republicans made a giant gain in Rasmussen's generic Congressional preference poll, completely wiping out in one week what had been a nine-point Democratic advantage. Maybe the debate on the constitutional anti-gay-marriage amendment wasn't such a political loser for the GOPs after all. ... 11:15 A.M.
Guess It Really Was A Nagourney Problem: Richard Stevenson appears instead of Adam "Caterpillar" Nagourney in the NYT writing credits for the latest Times/CBS Poll. Have Nagourney's superiors realized how awful his last effort was? ... Whatever the reason for his absence, it's not the same without him. There's no cocooning pro-Democratic spin! Just a sensible account of a poll with some good news and not-so-good news for the Dems. Even the headline ("No Poll Boost From Edwards") is unspun--at least not in a pro-Dem direction. This can't go on. ...It didn't. The Web headline has now been changed to "Public Likes Edwards, But Race is Still Close." The hed in the print edition is the even more morale-boosting "Public Warms to Edwards; Race Still Close." Shift change at the copy desk? Or orders from Moscow? You make the call. ... 2:13 A.M.
Friday, July 16, 2004
The Wall Street Journal quotes amedia lawyer, Jack M. Weiss, saying that Dr. Steven Hatfill, who is suing New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, will
have a "hard time" proving that the columns said or even implied that Mr. Hatfill was guilty [in the 2001 anthrax attacks].
Weiss must not have been reading the same Kristof columns I read. ... Weiss also says Hatfill has to show