The scandal of disgraced reporter Jayson Blair should have been a lesson to those who run the New York Times. But it is obvious from an account of a staff meeting at the Times in its aftermath that it is going to take more than one lesson to get through to the top brass -- if it ever does.
As newspaper editors convened emergency denial-control meetings and minority journalists circled their wagons, New York Times executive editor Howell Raines went ahead and admitted what was obvious to anyone without a blankie over his head: Of course it's about race.
How would Hollywood respond if a group were formed called Christians United for Repentance and Education (CURE), with a mission to hand out awards for those TV programs doing the best job of promoting a religious or socially conservative viewpoint on homosexuality?
I know the story about Bill Bennett's gambling is fading -and rightly so -from the public radar. Meanwhile, another story is getting bigger on the screen. John F. Kennedy had an affair with a 19-year-old intern while president of the United States.
Even partisans who oppose the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis are fascinated at the possibilities: With no primary, a cheaper price tag on campaigns and the likelihood that (if the governor were recalled) a candidate could win with as little as 20 percent of the vote, a recall would turn California into a political petri dish.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says his ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, which took effect last month, will save "literally tens of thousands of lives." Anti-tobacco activist Stanton Glantz claims such bans cut heart attack rates in half.
Before he became a Democratic presidential candidate, Florida Sen. Bob Graham was famous mostly for his obsessive, minute-by-minute diary keeping. Now he is making his name in another way: with reckless, illogical criticisms of the Bush administration's conduct of the war on terror.
There is a large and overlooked truth about the American occupation of Iraq: Whereas in postwar Germany and Japan we were rebuilding countries that had been largely destroyed by us, in Iraq today we are rebuilding a country destroyed by its own regime.
For weeks, the media inside the Beltway have been chattering relentlessly about the sinking dollar and the threat of deflation. Their sky-is-falling mantra features the liberal message that President Bush's proposed tax-cut plan will fuel the budget deficit, jack up interest rates and wreck the economy.
I feel like I'm on "Supermarket Sweep." That's the game show where contestants race through a supermarket trying to grab as many goodies as possible as quickly as they can. That's how I feel writing about the ongoing revelations that The New York Times.
Fearful that the Republican majority would push through a redistricting plan that might create between five and seven new Republican-controlled seats in the state's congressional delegation, all but one of the Democratic members of the Texas legislature fled under cover of darkness to Oklahoma.
While leaders of New York and other big cities have demonstrated the resolve to do something about their homeless population, San Francisco pols have decided it's better to look as if you care about the homeless than to do something about the homeless.
Just days after the paper flagellates itself with a front-page story admitting that it repeatedly published fabricated stories full of plagiarism and other journalistic sleight-of-hand from a 27-year-old con-man reporter whom the editors of the Slippery Rock Herald would have apprehended, the indispensable Drudge Report announces that "at least two more NY Times reporters are being investigated for possible journalistic irregularities."
When the Founding Fathers established the Constitution of the United States of America "to promote the general welfare," it is safe to say they could never have envisioned Hillary Clinton's latest welfare-promoting gimmick.
Political correctness: harmless, well-meaning nonsense or harmful, wrongheaded ideas with potentially damaging consequences? Columnist Andrew Sullivan seems to suggest the latter in his critique of the New York Times' scandal over the fraudulent reporting of Jayson Blair.
Thomas L. Friedman is the United States' pre-eminent foreign affairs columnist. His syndicated column is printed in hundreds of newspapers, both at home and abroad. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary three times. He is articulate. He is experienced. He is also a sucker.
Many have expressed outrage at the hiring of Ms. Ireland, assuming her ideology is foreign to current YWCA initiatives. But if one looks at the agenda of NOW and the history of the YWCA since around 1900, unfortunately, the hire makes a lot of sense.
Hitting a low point in what was once—long, long ago—a proud career, Jesse Jackson raised the specter of George Wallace to protest a new injustice in Alabama: the hiring of an eminently talented white head football coach at the University of Alabama.
Girls will be girls. Give them a couple of kegs, some pig intestines and a bucket of human feces and, well, stuff happens.
The hottest controversy in state legislatures today regards allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses. Americans were shocked to discover that most of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 carried driver's licenses from Virginia, Florida or New Jersey.
By appointing Donald Rumsfeld and his team to run the Pentagon, President Bush found people with the vision, courage and tenacity needed to make the policy and hardware choices that will do much to determine whether the armed forces will be as effective in contending with future threats to the Nation's security as they were recently shown to be in liberating Afghanistan and Iraq.
In reading the president's speech, it dawned on me how well he understands the necessity not only of laying out a road map to peace between Israel and the Palestinians but also of paving that road to peace with sound economic policies for the entire region so as, in his words, "to bring the Middle East into an expanding circle of opportunity, to provide hope for the people who live in that region."
President Clinton would like to claim that his 1993 budget plan erased the deficit. Republicans would like to claim that their kamikaze anti-spending charge in 1995-'96 did it. In fact, both parties were largely spectators as economic growth trampled the deficit for them.
The New York Times has acted honorably in dealing with the wreckage of the Jayson Blair scandal. It published corrections, 54 in all, on Blair's inaccurate reporting.
Sometimes the best political strategy is simply to stand still and allow yourself to be attacked by the wrong guy.