Post Publishes a Reply to Palin

Phrases used in Barbara Boxer and John Kerry’s reply to Sarah Palin’s Washington Post op-ed on cap-and-trade that weren’t used in Palin’s original piece: 1) “Global warming” 2) “Climate change” That has to count as a step in the right direction. It would still be nice, though, for the Post to make some space...

Troubled Times for Transit Agencies

Over at The Nation, Ben Adler takes a look at an economic story that probably hasn’t gotten the coverage it deserves: the dire straits faced by many public transit systems, which are laying off workers, raising fares, and cutting services just as the working-class Americans who depend on them most are dealing with many other problems. The...

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Alessandra Stanley has fallen back into old habits. This week, the New York Times television critic was responsible for a long, embarrassing correction: An appraisal on Saturday about Walter Cronkite’s career included a number of errors. In some copies, it misstated the date that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed and referred incorrectly to Mr....

All the President’s Words, Part II

What case did the president make for reform Wednesday night? Not a very persuasive one, in my view. For me, the big takeaway from President Obama’s press conference was that finally—finally—he revealed what this year-long exercise has been about. Whether viewers caught it among all the rhetoric was another matter. For the most part, learning anything specific took a lot...

The New York Times, or, Cellophane, Mr. Cellophane

Here are some news organizations that are not The New York Times: PBS, CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, the blogosphere, ABC News. I mention that in an attempt to explain an otherwise fairly inexplicable "White House Memo" in today's Times--one that seems to try so hard to be counterintuitive that it loses itself in its own hall of...

The Economy Today: Dow 9,000

The economy’s still down, but corporate profits are up, and so is the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Dow cleared the 9,000 mark for the first time since January yesterday, on the strength of “better-than-expected profit reports from the likes of Ford, eBay and AT&T.” The index is now up more than...