Trying to explain a singularly humiliating firing.
A debate has been raging for 50 years or more over whether journalists should try to be “objective” in reporting events or describing controversies.
Why Didn’t Religion Matter More in This Election?
November 06, 2012
Six months ago, it seemed like a good bet that religion would be a significant factor in the 2012 presidential election. No one ever thought it would be the biggest issue driving votes, of course—the economy still has a lock on that distinction.
Bill Keller Is Sort Of Right About Twitter
May 19, 2011
Bill Keller's anti-Twitter column is taking enormous abuse on, naturally, Twitter. But I think he has at least half a point here: As a kind of masochistic experiment, the other day I tweeted “#TwitterMakesYouStupid. Discuss.” It produced a few flashes of wit (“Give a little credit to our public schools!”); a couple of earnestly obvious points (“Depends who you follow”); some understandable speculation that my account had been hacked by a troll; a message from my wife (“I don’t know if Twitter makes you stupid, but it’s making you late for dinner.
May 12, 2011
Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, ambassador to China, and potential presidential contender, used to play the keyboard in a prog rock cover band called Wizard. In fact, he dropped out of high school, temporarily, in favor of music practices in a warehouse on the outskirts of Salt Lake City.
The Grand Bargain, Theory vs. Reality
May 03, 2011
Bill Keller takes note of David Leonhardt's "build your own deficit reduction" feature, which he sees as a model for the bipartisan "Gang of Six": Nearly 9,000 readers worked the puzzle. Individually, they were all over the map. But as a group, they accomplished the goal by splitting the difference: almost exactly half the savings came from tax increases, half from spending cuts.
Secrecy and Safety
August 13, 2008
Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice By Eric Lichtblau (Pantheon, 384 pp., $26.95) I. In May 1940, defying a congressional ban, President Franklin D. Roosevelt secretly authorized warrantless wiretapping inside the United States. His attorney general, Robert Jackson, had ordered a halt to the wiretapping a few months earlier, after the Supreme Court made clear that the Communications Act of 1934 prohibited it. But when J.
Bill Keller: Tnr "did Not Affect The Timing Of Publication"
February 23, 2008
Bill Keller responded to reader questions yesterday about the Times' McCain bombshell. Since the story broke Wednesday night, advisers to Senator McCain have asserted that TNR's piece might have influenced the Times to get their piece into print before we ran with our story. This is what Keller said on nytimes.com: Yes, Mr. Cleary, we were aware that a reporter for The New Republic was working on some kind of "back story" about our work on this story. No, it did not affect the timing of publication.
The Long Run-Up
February 21, 2008
Last night, around dinnertime, The New York Times postedon its website a 3,000-word investigation detailing Senator John McCain’s connections to a telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman.
Christians Against Mormons, Ctd.
June 04, 2007
Via Andrew, another conservative Christian makes the case against voting for Romney based on his Mormon faith (though not nearly so colorfully as evangelist Bill Keller did). I think this, and not Mitt's dazzling array of flip-flops and panders, is what's really going to kill his candidacy in the end. It's still incredibly early, but when the sub rosa Mormons-are-agents-of-Satan campaign really gets going as the primaries approach, it's going to be incredibly ugly. --Christopher Orr