Mar
10
2009

NYT Steadfastly Lowers the Political Discourse

Jane Kim of CJR.org (3/9/09) quotes some of the reactions to a New York Times reporter asking Barack Obama if he is "a socialist as some people have suggested": Jason Linkins of the Huffington Post cracks that "the New York Times was THAT CLOSE to a journalistic coup!" and American Prospect's Ezra Klein wants to know, "Did they really think he would slip and admit that his stimulus plan was cadged from a footnote in Das Kapital?" NYT reporter Peter Baker defended the question to Greg Sargent: "We were interested in exploring how a new president defines his political philosophy, […]