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  • Liberal Media Bias? Don't Make Bob Herbert Laugh!

    04/27/2013 9:54:16 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    It's enough to make you wonder whether Bob Herbert inhabits the same planet as the rest of us. Appearing on Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show this morning, former New York Times columnist Herbert literally laughed out loud at the notion that American media leans liberal. According to Herbert, the bias in the American media is "overwhelmingly" to the right. Herbert's snicker came in response to a statement by New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, also an MH-P guest. Chozick recently wrote an article reporting on the Koch brothers' possible interest in buying the Tribune Company, which among other media outlets owns...
  • NY Times columnist Herbert leaving for mysterious progressive journalism project

    03/27/2011 6:12:20 AM PDT · by bronxville · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/25/2011 | Steven Nelson
    Longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert announced Friday that he was leaving The Times to contribute to a vague new progressive media endeavor. Herbert began writing for The Times in 1993. Jeremy Peters wrote in the Media Decoder section of The Times that Herbert “was known for his combative style, blunt language and progressive politics.” “I am leaving The New York Times and the rewards and rigors of daily journalism with the intent of writing more expansively and more aggressively about the injustices visited on working people, the poor and the many others in our society who find themselves...
  • Herbert: Egypt Si! Yanqui No!

    02/12/2011 5:09:52 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    To the streets, Americans! We need to make the US more like . . . Egypt! That's the thrust of Bob Herbert's hysterical rant in today's New York Times. His notion is that while democracy is flourishing in Egypt, it is weakening here to the extent that [emphasis added]: "we’re in serious danger of becoming a democracy in name only." Money in politics is Herbert's predictable culprit, with "the endlessly egregious Koch brothers" serving as his bogeymen-in-chief. So where does Herbert head for a solution? Why, to the late, self-described democratic socialist historian Howard Zinn, of course. Here's how Herbert...
  • A Less Than Honest Policy

    12/30/2009 10:20:12 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 9 replies · 671+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 28, 2009 | Bob Herbert
    There is a middle-class tax time bomb ticking in the Senate’s version of President Obama’s effort to reform health care. The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which are popularly viewed as over-the-top plans held only by the very wealthy. In fact, it’s a tax that in a few years will hammer millions of middle-class policyholders, forcing them to scale back their access to medical care. Which is exactly what the tax is designed to do. The tax would kick in on...
  • A Less Than Honest Policy

    12/29/2009 3:10:05 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 883+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 28, 2009 | Bob Herbert
    There is a middle-class tax time bomb ticking in the Senate’s version of President Obama’s effort to reform health care. The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare [...] would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which are popularly viewed as over-the-top plans held only by the very wealthy. In fact, it’s a tax that in a few years will hammer millions of middle-class policyholders, forcing them to scale back their access to medical care. Which is exactly what the tax is designed to do. The tax would kick in on plans exceeding...
  • BOB HERBERT: Does Obama Get It?

    10/06/2009 3:03:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,220+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 6, 2009 | BOB HERBERT
    The big question on the domestic front right now is whether President Obama understands the gravity of the employment crisis facing the country. Does he get it? The signals coming out of the White House have not been encouraging. The Beltway crowd and the Einsteins of high finance who never saw this economic collapse coming are now telling us with their usual breezy arrogance that the Great Recession is probably over. Their focus, of course, is on data, abstractions like the gross domestic product, not the continued suffering of living, breathing human beings struggling with the nightmare of joblessness. Even...
  • The Human Equation

    07/11/2009 5:06:29 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 478+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 10, 2009 | Bob Herbert
    Vice President Joe Biden told us this week that the Obama administration “misread how bad the economy was” in the immediate aftermath of the inauguration. Puh-leeze. Mr. Biden and President Obama won the election because the economy was cratering so badly there were fears we might be entering another depression. No one understood that better than the two of them. Mr. Obama tried to clean up the vice president’s remarks by saying his team hadn’t misread what was happening, but rather “we had incomplete information.” That doesn’t hold water, either. The president has got the second coming of the best...
  • A Threat We Can’t Ignore (gun owners)

    06/20/2009 7:38:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 90 replies · 2,927+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2009 | Bob Herbert
    ... There is no Obama gun ban on the way. Gun control advocates are, frankly, disappointed [so far]. What’s important to grasp here is that this madness has nothing to do with hunting, which the politicians always claim to be defending, and everything to do with the use of firearms to resist policies and lawful government actions that some gun owners don’t like. In a speech in February to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the executive vice president of the N.R.A., Wayne LaPierre, said: “Our founding fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.” A new book...
  • Times Columnist Thinks GOP “Out of Touch” - No, Seriously

    05/04/2009 2:05:14 PM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 20 replies · 1,000+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | May 4, 2009 | Don Feder
    When a New York Times columnist says Republicans are “out of touch,” it’s like Kim Jong-Il, the midget mental patient who runs North Korea, or Holocaust-denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying someone needs a good dose of reality.
  • Add Up the Damage

    12/30/2008 5:33:46 AM PST · by publius1 · 82 replies · 1,302+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2008 | Bob Herbert
    Does anyone know where George W. Bush is? You don’t hear much from him anymore. The last image most of us remember is of the president ducking a pair of size 10s that were hurled at him in Baghdad. We’re still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel is thrashing the Palestinians in Gaza. And the U.S. economy is about as vibrant as the 0-16 Detroit Lions. But hardly a peep have we heard from George, the 43rd. When Mr. Bush officially takes his leave in three weeks (in reality, he checked out long ago), most Americans will be content...
  • 'Dimwitted' and In Need of a 'Chaperone': Palin Has Press at Point of Panic

    09/13/2008 6:11:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 87 replies · 517+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail." -- Bob Herbert, NYT, 9-13-08 Bob Herbert's item in today's New York Times, She's Not Ready, is not so much political analysis as a howl of MSM shock and outrage. No-o-o-o-o!, Herbert seems to cry. I can't believe this is happening to us! Meanwhile, with condescension worthy of Charlie Gibson, ABC's David Wright suggests that Palin has been in need of a "chaperone" on the campaign trail. View video.
  • Bob Herbert: Why is everyone missing the phallic symbols in McCain’s Britney ad?

    08/04/2008 2:32:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 1,199+ views ^ | August 4, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Between this and last week’s Godwin-ing of the crowd scenes, I’m honestly curious to see where the left takes the critique next. One would think they’d either run out of cards to play or would quietly pocket the ones they have left lest they make themselves look more ridiculous, but each new day brings a fresh load of semiotic ore mined. It’s the “Ulysses” of campaign ads — the only limit on what it means is your own imagination. Still, Herbert’s reading warrants special mention, not only because it manages to be simultaneously exceedingly paranoid and pedestrian but because he...
  • Obamania Has Herbert Hallucinating

    08/04/2008 11:19:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 184+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Warning: excessive adulation of Barack Obama is harmful to the vision and and in extreme cases can even cause hallucinations. We're all familiar with how an Obamania overdose produced strange tingling sensations in Chris Matthews. A new, virulent strain of the malady has now surfaced, claiming its first victim in the person of Bob Herbert, who on live national TV claimed to see visions of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Washington Monument where none existed. View video here.
  • Herbert: Kennedy 'Had to Fight Back After Chappaquiddick'

    05/24/2008 3:33:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies · 344+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My circle of friends lost a fine man, a husband and father of several children, to brain cancer not long ago. He fought with courage and optimism, and received fine treatment, but the disease simply proved too strong. I sympathize with the plight facing Ted Kennedy, his family and loved ones. That said, I cannot help but comment on Bob Herbert's NY Times column of this morning, Tears for Teddy. The gist is that this is but the latest of many challenges that Kennedy has faced. And it's certainly true that the senator's life has been touched by more than...
  • Herbert: Obama Has Dems Worried About a 'Debacle in November'

    04/26/2008 3:44:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies · 114+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bob Herbert: voice of reason? On economics and the role of government, no. On the dynamics of the Dem nomination race? Actually, yes. In both his TV appearances and columns, Herbert, an Army veteran who grew up largely in a comfortable New Jersey suburb, comes across as more clear-eyed and down-to-earth, less angry and ideological, than his NY Times confreres like Paul Krugman or Frank Rich. Take Herbert's column of this morning, Heading Toward the Danger Zone. My sense is that, at heart, Herbert backs Obama. But that doesn't deter the columnist from offering an unblinking assessment of the very...
  • Herbert: Hillary Opened 'Trap Door' Under Obama

    03/08/2008 4:55:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies · 1,937+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "The opening of a trapdoor and the sudden snap of a hangman's noose at dawn yesterday brought an extraordinary end to a political era in Iraq." -- Opening line from The Guardian's report of the execution of Saddam, Dec. 31, 2006 "Senator Clinton never gave a second thought to opening the trap door beneath her fellow Democrat." -- Bob Herbert of the NYT, Confronting the Kitchen Sink, March 8, 2008 [emphasis added in both citations]. When Bill O'Reilly, in an impromptu response to a phone caller's question, said that he didn't want to "lynch" Michelle Obama, critics on the left...
  • Bob, The People Have the Big Ideas, Not the Government

    02/09/2008 4:40:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies · 64+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Admission: over the course of my NewsBusting, I've actually developed a certain admiration for Bob Herbert. Not that I agree with virtually anything the NY Times columnist has to say, but that I appreciate his directness and the absence of the superfluous sarcasm that marks a number of his colleagues' work. That said, I offer up Herbert's column of this morning, "Where Are the Big Ideas?", as the epitome of wrong-headed liberal thinking. Herbert's complaint is that when it comes to the role of government, the presidential candidates aren't thinking big enough. Hillary and Obama's proposals to subject 1/7th of...
  • Liberals Hating on Hillary: 'Loathing Seems a Lot Less Irrational'

    01/26/2008 3:09:34 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 537+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On the east and west coasts today, two liberal columnists unleashed a torrent of vitriol at Hillary and Bill Clinton. At the Los Angeles Times, contributing editor Jonathan Chait asked Is the right right on the Clintons? Consider these blistering excerpts [emphasis added]: * Something strange happened the other day. All these different people -- friends, co-workers, relatives, people on a liberal e-mail list I read -- kept saying the same thing: They've suddenly developed a disdain for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but I think we've reached an irrevocable turning point in liberal opinion...
  • The Ugly Side of the G.O.P. (40 years of insulting, disenfranchising black Americans)

    09/25/2007 7:18:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 105 replies · 278+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 25, 2007 | BOB HERBERT
    I applaud the thousands of people, many of them poor, who traveled from around the country to protest in Jena, La., last week. But what I’d really like to see is a million angry protesters marching on the headquarters of the National Republican Party in Washington. Enough is enough. Last week the Republicans showed once again just how anti-black their party really is. The G.O.P. has spent the last 40 years insulting, disenfranchising and otherwise stomping on the interests of black Americans. Last week, the residents of Washington, D.C., with its majority black population, came remarkably close to realizing a...
  • Herbert of The Times Calls For Surrender Now - But Ignores The Consequences

    12/11/2006 4:30:30 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 641+ views
    New York Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was it a planned one-two punch? On Saturday, New York Times columnist Frank Rich declared that "we have lost in Iraq." Today, in The Time Is Now, his Times colleague Bob Herbert flatly calls for surrender. No conditions, no time-table. As Herbert starkly puts it: "it is time to pull the troops out of harm’s way."Herbert says "it is wrong to continue sending fresh bodies after those already lost." He raises the "moral question" of justifying "the lives that will be lost between now and the final day of our departure." But Herbert ignores another looming moral question: the lives...