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The Politics of EconomicsThe Politics of Economics – NYTimes.com

The Politics of EconomicsThe Politics of Economics – NYTimes.com.

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The Politics of Economics in the Age of Shouting

I share a virtual neighborhood with a legion of Times reporters, editors and columnists who know more than I will ever know about business and economics. (Look! Right over there: a Nobel-prize-winning economist!) In this humbling company, on this intimidating matter, who am I to tell anyone what to think? And so my plan was, frankly, to avoid the subject.

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There really is a textbook way to fix our current mess.  […] the basic formula is not only common sense, it is mainstream economic science, tested many times in the real world.

So what’s the problem? Why is our system so fundamentally stuck? Partly it’s a colossal, bipartisan lack of the political courage required to tell people what they sort of know but don’t want to hear. Partly it’s a Republican Party that, for its own cynical reasons, wants no deal with this president. Partly it’s moneyed, focused lobbies that swarm in defense of specific advantages written into the law; there is no comparable lobby for compromise, let alone sacrifice.

But also, I’ve come to think something is rotten in the state of economics.

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What Typos Mean to Book Publishing – NYTimes.com

What Typos Mean to Book Publishing – NYTimes.com.

July 17, 2011, 5:30 pm

The Price of Typos

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The Journal Becomes Fox-ified – NYTimes.com

The Journal Becomes Fox-ified – NYTimes.com.

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The Journal Becomes Fox-ified

It’s official. The Wall Street Journal has been Fox-ified.

It took Rupert Murdoch only three and a half years to get there, starting with the moment he acquired the paper from the dysfunctional Bancroft family in December 2007, a purchase that was completed after he vowed to protect The Journal’s editorial integrity and agreed to a (toothless) board that was supposed to make sure he kept that promise.

Fat chance of that. Within five months, Murdoch had fired the editor and installed his close friend Robert Thomson, fresh from a stint Fox-ifying The Times of London. The new publisher was Leslie Hinton, former boss of the division that published Murdoch’s British newspapers, including The News of the World. (He resigned on Friday.) Soon came the changes, swift and sure: shorter articles, less depth, an increased emphasis on politics and, weirdly, sometimes surprisingly unsophisticated coverage of business.

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Partisan Corners of Online and TV News – NYTimes.com

Drilling Down

The Partisan Corners of the News

By TEDDY WAYNE

Published: May 8, 2011

Almost as many Americans now receive their political campaign news from the Internet as from newspapers, with nearly a quarter getting the bulk of their information on the 2010 midterm elections that way, according to a Pew Internet report.

Online news tends to be partisan, and 55 percent say they believe that the Internet increases the influence of those with extreme views, compared with 30 percent who think it has mitigated such perspectives by giving “ordinary citizens a chance to be heard.”  Forty-four percent of Republicans usually get political news from online sources that share their point of view, versus 37 percent of Democrats.

Read the full article here:  Partisan Corners of Online and TV News – NYTimes.com.

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Osama Bin Laden: Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein – Nachrichten Kultur – WELT ONLINE

Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein

Der Publizist Jakob Augstein hält den Tod des Terrorpaten für eine unmenschliche Hinrichtung. So hätte auch Ribbentrop in Nürnberg argumentieren können.

Jedes Mal, wenn ich eine Kolumne von Jakob Augstein lese, frage ich mich: Wie kann ein so kluger, gebildeter und sympathischer Mensch so einen Unsinn schreiben? Liegt es an der Berliner Luft, die ihm zu schaffen macht? An den großen Fußstapfen, in denen er wandelt? Oder will er nur seinen Lesern entgegenkommen, die er aus der Restekiste der DDR übernommen hat?

Was immer es sein mag, jetzt hat Jakob Augstein sich selbst überholt.

zum vollständigen Artikel geht es hier:  Osama Bin Laden: Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein – Nachrichten Kultur – WELT ONLINE.

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Osama Bin Laden news reports: Read all you want, but read skeptically. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine

How To Read the Bin Laden Coverage

Skeptically.

By Jack ShaferPosted Monday, May 2, 2011, at 6:34 PM ET

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The snuffing of Osama Bin Laden has already filled the Snake River Canyon with a torrent of coverage from newspapers, the Web, and television. The news output will only expand in the coming days, and as it does, remain skeptical about it. As we know from the coverage of other major breaking-news events—the Mumbai massacre, the death of Pat Tillman, Hurricane Katrina, the rescue of Jessica Lynch, to cite just a few examples—the earliest coverage of a big story is rarely reliable.

Read the full article her:  Osama Bin Laden news reports: Read all you want, but read skeptically. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine.

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Clearing the Fog of War in Abbottabad – NYTimes.com

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May 5, 2011, 8:30 pm

Let’s Clear the Fog of War

By TIMOTHY EGAN

Birthed in a big lie about weapons of mass destruction, the war in Iraq was in desperate need of a hero in 2003 when Jessica Lynch wrecked her Humvee and was knocked unconscious in enemy territory. Nine days later, the 19-year-old Army clerk was rescued by American soldiers from an Iraqi hospital.

That much was true. From there — in newspaper articles, countless talk-radio fabrications and a book — Lynch was transformed from a nameless casualty to “the little girl Rambo from the hills of West Virginia who went down fighting,” as she said in later testimony.

Give her credit: for her service, and for her fierce honesty in the face of myth-making, official and for-profit. It’s more than the defense brass did in her case, or that of the other poster boy for military mendacity, the Army Ranger Pat Tillman. He was killed by his own troops in Afghanistan — a truth the Pentagon thought we couldn’t handle, so they spun a tale of heroism in the face of hostile fire.

Now, with the extraordinary raid that netted Osama bin Laden, the fog of war makes it tempting to exaggerate. The story of what happened in the darkened residence of a coward who sent others to blow themselves up has changed, understandably, over the last few days. Of late, the White House says it will not give out any more operational details.

But they owe us a complete story, an honest story, one for the record.

Read the full article here:  Clearing the Fog of War in Abbottabad – NYTimes.com.

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Politicians’ Ideas Shaped by Underlings?

I have always wondered how much influence junior aides have on their bosses’ opinions as it is them who scan the media and prepare abstracts and summaries of what they consider important for their bosses to know. For more on that subject, see The New York Times.

Btw, this also applies for the clerks at the Supreme Court.

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meltdown-a-riffic

That’s what Jan Brewer’s [Arizona’s governor’s] performance on her first public debate was called by David Weigel of Slate Magazine.

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the president’s mustachioed message maven

That’s what the New York Times had recently called  David Axelrod, the president’s chief adviser.

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