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Nonsense from the NY Times

They write: In four of the last five calendar years, [Warren Buffett] has underperformed his own benchmark, the S.&P. 500 with dividends, often by significant margins. (In 2011, his return of 4.6 percent beat the benchmark by 2.6 percentage points.) … Continue reading

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Puzzle about Journalism

From the New York Times article 5 days ago “Romney Beating Obama in a Fight for Wall St. Cash“: Mitt Romney has raised far more money than Mr. Obama this year from the firms that have been among Wall Street’s … Continue reading

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Vibe-based Reporting

One point of contention in a debate about religion between Sam Harris, a prominent atheist, and Chris Hedges, the former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief, was the issue of how common among Muslims worldwide is the support for … Continue reading

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Quick Blackmail / Hostage situation update

Paul Krugman says: Think about it. There’s a significant chance that failing to raise the debt limit could provoke a renewed financial crisis — and Republicans would rather take that chance than allow a reduction in tax breaks on corporate … Continue reading

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Military Planners OUT at The New York Times!

From the New York Times editorial yesterday, opining on Obama’s speech about Afghanistan troop withdrawal plans: He said that 10,000 of the 33,000 troops from the “surge” would come home before the end of this year, with the rest out … Continue reading

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Ross Douthat on Kervorkian

Could it ever be more wrong to assist someone commit an act than to commit the act itself? It seems generally like it isn’t: the accomplice to the bank robbery is obviously less culpable than the robber. But Ross Douthat … Continue reading

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NY Times admits to basing its linguistic decisions on U.S. government diktat

(UPDATED Monday 2pm: last paragraph changed based on feedback from my friend Adam) The New York Times’ ombudsman has a column on the Times’ practice of not (generally) using the word “torture” when describing the way the Bush administration dealt with … Continue reading

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Word usage error in NY Times

Update (Sunday 8:30pm): link to article removed, since the Times modified the story (although there is no evidence that the modification was due to their having learned their lesson about word usage!) New York Times, today: “It was 10 minutes … Continue reading

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