Jul
05
2011

Everyone Could Have a Mark Halperin Moment

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza's curious take on the Mark Halperin affair: The truth of the Halperin matter is that all reporters (or others) who go on television frequently are forever in a 'there but for the grace of God go I' situation…. We know of what we speak, having found ourselves tongue-tied or worse on any number of occasions while staring into a camera. And in an ill-fated 2009 video venture known as 'Mouthpiece Theater,' The Fix had to live down an inappropriate reference to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For those who might be unaware, he's referring […]

Jul
05
2011

NYT's Imaginary GOP Tax Shift

"2 Republicans Open Door to Increases in Revenue" reads a headline in Monday's New York Times. The suggestion is that a few Republicans are walking away from the the party's no-tax-hike orthodoxy. That much is clear from John Broder's lead: Two senior Republicans said Sunday that they might be open to raising new government revenue as part of a deal to resolve the dispute over the federal debt ceiling, but they warned that there was little time to enact a comprehensive deal. This would be a pretty remarkable development. So who are we talking about? Broder reports: One of the […]

Jul
01
2011

WaPo Discovers UK Anti-Austerity Protests

The Washington Post reports today on a one day walkout by public sector workers: The strikes are the first major uprising over the Conservative-led government's ambitious plans to slash $128 billion in spending over the next four years. I don't know how one defines "major uprising," but on March 26 hundreds of thousands hit the streets to protest the government's austerity plans. The Post didn't find them terribly newsworthy when they happened, running a brief item alongside other international news.