The New York Times public editor's very public utterance. 'Should the Times be a Truth Vigilante?'
Asked Arthur Brisbane. 'Yes,' came the resounding reply. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters Thursday, Arthur Brisbane, the public editor of the New York Times, went to his readers with a question: "I'm looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge 'facts' that are asserted by newsmakers they write about. " Brisbane (who, as public editor, speaks only for himself, not the Times) referred to two recent stories: the claim that Clarence Thomas had "misunderstood" a financial reporting form when he left out key information, and Mitt Romney's assertion that President Obama gives speeches "apologising" for America. The reaction from readers was swift, voluminous, negative and incredulous.
"Is this a joke? "If the purpose of the NYT is to be an inoffensive container for ad copy, then by all means continue to do nothing more than paraphrase those press releases. " The second was on the NY Times site: Arthur Brisbane.
I-want-you-to-disagree-and-fight-amongst-each-other.jpg (JPEG Image, 500x500 pixels) Policy Failings. Purple America. Robert Vanderbei at Princeton University made the first Purple America map after the 2000 presidential election.
It attempts to reflect the margin of victory in each county by coloring each with a shade between true blue and true red. In light of the general absence of overwhelming victories, this technique results in mostly shades. This map was reprinted in US News & World Report a few months prior to the 2004 election. After the 2004 election, Vanderbei and then others made similar maps summarizing the results. Quickly thereafter, the term Purple America permeated the political blogosphere and entered the public lexicon as a way of stating that the United States is not as divided as the political pundits would have the people believe. Cartograms developed by Gastner, Shalizi, Newman at the University of Michigan provide another way to depict election results. See also References External links
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Reasons to Disagree with the GOP (Gaurdians of Plutocracy) Behind the Arab Revolt Is a Word We Dare Not Speak. Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I interviewed Ray McGovern, one of an elite group of CIA officers who prepared the President's daily intelligence brief.
At that time, McGovern was at the apex of the "national security" monolith that is American power and had retired with presidential plaudits. On the eve of the invasion, he and 45 other senior officers of the CIA and other intelligence agencies wrote to Bush that the "drumbeat for war" was based not on intelligence, but lies. "It was 95 percent charade," McGovern told me. "How did they get away with it? " I asked. "The press allowed the crazies to get away with it. " "Who are the crazies? " "The people running the [Bush] administration have a set of beliefs a lot like those expressed in 'Mein Kampf,'" said McGovern. I said: "Norman Mailer has written that he believes America has entered a pre-fascist state. "Well ... How did such extremism take hold in the liberal West? American Politics Unveiled.