New York Post

A Strong Argument Against Context
July 26, 2010

The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong, who has written a series of articles based on distorting or even completely inverting the meaning of various threads on the liberal listserv Journolist, writes in the New York Post, "Led by blogger Matt Yglesias, their attacks have focused on questioning the context of the e-mails — an oft-used refuge for those caught saying embarrassing things." An excellent point! "Context" is the refuge of scoundrels.

Anna Wintour’s Bitching Makes It To The (London) Independent
July 25, 2010

To page three, no less. Well, it's about a new restaurant. And a liquor license. And the (kind of) people who will come there. And the enormous common garden, called MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens, accessible only to 22 private houses of which Anna Wintour's is one.  The community meeting where Anna spoke up is written about in Saturday's chic left The Independent.  "I am completely concerned...This is a unique historic neighborhood." A few days earlier the New York Post posted her grievances.

The Draft Boss Hogg Movement Is Alive!
July 13, 2010

I still can't believe this is happening: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is getting pushed by major Republican donors to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Barbour, a two-term governor, described himself as a “fat redneck” with an “accent” in a recent interview with CNN. Casino magnate Steve Wynn, a major Republican donor, is leading a group of friends who are encouraging Barbour to run, according to the New York Post.

Why Don't We Take the Russian Spies Seriously?
July 13, 2010

In a season of crises, from Iran to North Korea to the Gulf of Mexico, the revelation of a Russian spy ring in the United States has been greeted as a source of welcome comic relief. It’s not just Jon Stewart, or the headline writers of the New York Post, who can’t keep a straight face talking about the eleven Russian “illegals,” long-term secret agents who built up elaborate cover identities as ordinary Americans.

Howard Wolfson's Best and Worst
July 09, 2010

Best Player(s): Prior to the semi-final matches I would have said Schweinsteiger--but he will be watching the final on tv after disappointing against Spain. I will go then with Xavi and Iniesta--yes Villa has scored the critical goals, but it’s the Spanish midfielders who made those goals possible with the metronome- (metronome analogy thanks to the Fiver) like precision of their endless passing. I hear, “Xavi to Iniesta...

Your Questions Answered: Stephen Spruiell
April 19, 2010

Stephen Spruiell at National Review: [C]heck out Schumer's hilarious exercise in straw-man-building: Of course, not everyone agrees with me. Some on the right argue we should do nothing, that the banks have recovered and should be left alone. Some on the left argue we should be much tougher and punish the banks as much as we can. And there are some who say, "Just defend Wall Street, no matter what." Really? Who's in favor of just defending Wall Street no matter what? Well, Wall Street is, and Wall Street -- surprise! -- has some sway in New York.

The Best-Covered News Story, Ever
April 01, 2010

This week's On the Media laments the low quality of press coverage in health care reform. It's certainly easy to find examples of shoddy journalism and public ignorance to bolster this charge.

Muhammed Gives the Met the Jitters
January 10, 2010

This is an inside New York story that I read in the New York Post. But it's really an international story with serious ramifications. This is actually a postscript to the twelve Danish cartoons of four years ago, one of which was the image of a bomb in Muhammed's turban. There was an attempt on the life of this particular cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, by a Somali jihadnik a week after the Christmas bomber struck. The Somali was arrested, as was the Nigerian.

Another Round With The CRU E-mails...
December 01, 2009

A few more things to say about those hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia. First, the latest news: It looks like the head of the university's Climate Research Unit (CRU), Phil Jones, is stepping aside temporarily while the entire matter comes under independent review. Seems fair. As I noted in my last post, some of Jones's e-mails sounded awfully unprofessional, especially the ones where he told other researchers to delete their e-mail correspondence.

It's 3 AM, Is Your Spokesperson's Voice Mail Full?
November 18, 2009

I was reading the Alaska papers this morning and came across this snippet.   Now Sarah Palin is reportedly forming a new political organization, although the details are sketchy. Cindy Adams, a gossip columnist in the New York Post, reported Monday that it would be called "Stand up for Our Nation." Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton, who has kept her phone voice mail full for the past year, did not respond to e-mailed questions from the Daily News about whether it was for real or not. [Emphasis mine] The spokesperson for a national politician hasn’t cleaned out her voicemail in a year? A year?

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