Michael Cooper

The Difference Between Political Lies and Political Dishonesty
September 04, 2012

Some smart pundits are saying the media shouldn't call out Romney and Ryan on dishonesty. Here's why they're wrong.

The Phantom Tax Cut
October 19, 2010

Three comments on the excellent Michael Cooper NYT story about the Democrats’ stealth tax cut within the stimulus bill. First, Cooper doesn’t mention the most likely reason people think taxes went up: they’ve been told that Barack Obama and the Democrats are raising taxes, nonstop, by GOP pols and conservative talk show hosts. Anyone listening to Rush and watching Fox News -- and having no other source of news - would naturally believe that Obama and the Democrats had done nothing but raise taxes from day one.

No Respect
October 19, 2010

My most bewildering reporting moment of the last few months may have also been the most telling. It happened in July, when President Obama came to Holland, Michigan, for the groundbreaking on a new factory that will build batteries for electric cars. While Obama was speaking, I took a small tour of the city, interviewing local small businessmen. I didn’t expect to find a lot of support for Obama. Holland is a very conservative area and small business owners, typically, are very conservative.

Is Romney A Real ... Sox Fan?

Over at the Caucus, I see that Mitt Romney spent $4,312.69 on Yankees tickets in July and August. Michael Cooper speculates that he may have bought them to watch the Yankees play his hometown Red Sox--it appears the Sox were in town in late August--but I'm sure it will raise a few eyebrows in Red Sox Nation. That brings to mind another thing about Romney that might alarm Sox fans: I was up with him in New Hampshire two weeks ago, the day after the Sox won the first game of their series against the Angels.