Tagged New York Times

Obamacare Is Slowly Dying, and No One Should Be Surprised

For quite a while now, we have been assured that we as a nation are well past the early hiccups and rough patches that attended the implementation of Obamacare. From here on out, we have been promised relatively smooth sailing. Everything is fine, everyone is happy, there is nothing bad or unpleasant to see, and we can all move along. Or so we are regularly told by the president of the United States, his political allies, and fans of Obamacare in general.

More Things that Cause One to Wonder Whether the New York Times is in the Tank for Democrats

Remember this story? Sure you do. And now, there are follow ups to it! The New York Times has decided to put its clown-show act into overdrive with still more breathless reports about Marco Rubio’s spending habits. It seems that Rubio decided to use part of an $800,000 book advance in order to get himself “an $80,000 ‘luxury speedboat,’” and the Times seems to believe that this story confirms that Rubio is unqualified to be president of the United States.

Things that Cause One to Wonder Whether the New York Times is in the Tank for Democrats

The clown show that is the New York Times came out with what it believed to be a heavy breather of a story, in which Jeanette and Marco Rubio–aspiring first lady and president of the United States–are made out to be something resembling traffic scofflaws. As the Times reports, “review of records dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations: Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13.” Oh, my stars and garters, clutch thy pearls and get thee to thy fainting couches; the republic is clearly in danger if these two occupy 1600…

Paul Krugman Is Fundamentally Dishonest (A Continuing Series)

Any just and intellectually defensible analysis of the New York Times’s decision to hire Paul Krugman as a columnist has to conclude that in making the hire, the Times severely harmed its own credibility. Krugman simply cannot be trusted to present facts and make honest arguments. Behold the latest example of Krugman’s thoroughgoing mendacity. Comes now the part of any Krugman-related post in which I remind people of what Daniel Okrent, the onetime New York Times ombudsman wrote upon giving up his onetime post: Paul Krugman “has the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion…

Scott Walker Is the Right’s Barack Obama

One of the reasons why Barack Obama has been a successful politician is the fact that he has been fortunate in his choice of political opponents. Those opponents regularly make themselves look bad when they are seen as entertaining theories that the president was not born an American citizen, that he is a secret Muslim, that he is a secret atheist, and/or that he is a “socialist” (it really ought to be enough to say that Barack Obama is a contemporary American liberal, and run with that). To be sure, most political opponents of the president don’t subscribe to these…

Don’t Know Much about History (Paul Krugman Edition)

Look I understand that Paul Krugman is loath to give Ronald Reagan credit for anything good. But when he goes and makes things up about Reagan’s economic record, someone should really call him on it. Preferably someone at the New York Times who is actually in charge of editing and fact-checking. Or doesn’t the Times employ those people anymore?

Is There an Actual Liberal Crackup?

Jennifer Rubin seems to think so. I am not so sure. Yes, the Democratic party has sustained a lot of losses in midterm elections, but the Republican party has proven unable to win the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections, and has lost 4 out of the last 6 presidential elections in the Electoral College, where it counts. For all of the controversies that the Center for American Progress has suffered, there is no think tank on the right with as much power and influence. I don’t see problems at the New York Times and Newsweek…

Why Does Paul Krugman Still Have a Job at the New York Times?

It is a mystery. Intemperate language and pure ignorance are not exactly the ingredients for a persuasive and intelligent column on policy issues–or any other issues, for that matter–but increasingly, Krugman’s columns feature little else. Maybe the next time the New York Times wants to put out an editorial about legal issues, they will ask an actual lawyer–or someone who plays the role of a lawyer more convincingly than Krugman does–to do the writing. If it does so, the paper will be less likely to embarrass itself.

Don’t Know Much about Recent History

The New York Times was forced to issue the following correction recently: An article on Sept. 11 about President Obama’s speech to the nation describing his plans for a military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, gave an incorrect comparison between efforts by the president to seek allies’ support for his plans and President George W. Bush’s efforts on such backing for the Iraq war. The approach Mr. Obama is taking is similar to the one Mr. Bush took; it is not the case that, “Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to…