November 2, 2013

Let's take a look at the news stories that have crowded Obama's woes off the front page.

At www.nytimes.com right now, there's a welter of stories on topics like the improved politeness of Russian service employees, a policy disagreement between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill over how to handle claims of sexual assault in the military, and the YouTube Music Awards.  See the list after the jump, and then answer my poll.
1. "Russian Service, With Politeness Added/Russian companies like Aeroflot are carrying out elaborate training that is producing a new generation of service employees who are customer-oriented."

2. "A Fiscal Scold, Germany Is Poised to Open Wallet at Home/Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is being pushed to accept policies that would sharply increase domestic spending, even as she shows few signs of easing austerity for the rest of Europe."

3. "Panel Says Climate Change Poses Risk to Food Supplies/A leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that climate change could reduce output and send prices higher in a period when global food demand is expected to soar."

4. "2 Democrats Split on Bill to Fight Military Sex Assault/The conflict has created an uncomfortable division between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill."

5. "The Pills of Last Resort/For desperate patients, the pace of clinical drug trials can be lethally slow. But there is a way for them to beat the clock."

6. "Celebrating Pop That’s Just a Click Away/The YouTube Music Awards, an online celebration of pop music and performers, will debut on Sunday, joining a crowded field of congratulatory broadcasts."

7. Parole granted in the case of a 1995 killing.

8. The LAX shooting.

9. "Surge in Iraqi Violence Reunites Maliki and Obama."

10. "MORE NEWS/U.S. Drones Said to Kill Pakistani Taliban Leader/Ex-Governor of Florida Seeks Old Job in New Party/Snowden Appeals to U.S. for Clemency on Leaks."

What do you think the NYT is trying to do?
  
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30 comments:

surfed said...

I'm one of the (at the moment) 4% who voted that it's just a presentation of other stuff suitable for a Saturaday morning. All Obama fucks ups all the time is such a drag. You get to the point where you want to avert your eyes from the political wreck of an Administration. I'm no apologist for either the President or the paper but ya' know a Saturday morning of other stuff is ok. No harm, no foul. It's not like we aren't aware of what's going on. Going surfing as soon as the weather clears...then noodle a little guitar, read some WWI by Keagan this afternoon while watching Florida/Georigia play in the The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party game. Maybe a nap. The Obama Admin will still be screwin' up on Monday. A chill Saturday is just what I need.

MadisonMan said...

I don't read the Times (phew), but it seems to me that Saturday might be a time for News Lite. Has that been the case in the past?

Alternatively, a Democratic President screwing up is not news, and therefore does not warrant the front page: it is to be expected.

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Fritz said...

Even the NYT can have mixed motives.

America's Politico said...
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Mrs. X said...

The problem with the Times is that it's no Obama fuck ups none of the time.

America's Politico said...

POTUS Obama is the best. The best I tell you. He is GOLD. He has no insecurity.

The next POTUS: Hillary! (if Scott Walker/Kelly Ayotte is not the GOP ticket). HRC's VP will be Martin O'Mailey from MD.

GOP is lost forever and ever.

David said...

Althouse, you are going to lose your reputation for asking the hard questions.

Roger Sweeny said...

I'm one of the (so far) very small minority who voted for "appeal to readers." The Times readers don't want to read about Obama "scandals and glitches." Part of the paper's (largely unconscious) business model is to comfort its readers in their university-bred conventional wisdom. It's readers appreciate that and reward the paper with loyalty and respect.

No doubt there is also a certain amount of "news judgment" that the scandals and glitches aren't really that important. There may be some, again largely unconscious, desire to "help Obama by distracting us" but I think that is secondary.

MadisonMan said...

The soft bigotry of low expectations.

rehajm said...

The Times is Diazepam for it's audience, but if the bat phone rings the war room's ready.

The Drill SGT said...

I had much the same thought as I opened my WaPo this morning. The ENTIRE first section has NO story on Obamacare.

The Folks at the Meeting with Valerie must have gotten the message

Harold House said...

Well that poll pretty much pushes the edges of the "what bullshit" envelope doesn't it.

Hagar said...

It is not about "helping Obama," but rather to distract attention from their own failed policies.
IOW, it is not that they belong to OBama, but that Obama belongs to them.

MadisonMan said...

Stories at WaPo.com that are in the news: LAX shooting, Hakimullah Mehsud, Hillary Clinton, Wal-Mart, Charlie Crist.

Obamacare is nowhere to be found online either.

Truly the WaPo and NYTimes are simply puppets of the Executive branch.

Michael K said...

Look at the Huffington Post and you see the same agenda. I do agree with others to the degree that left wing readers of both sources are uninterested in stories about Obama's limitless incompetence.

They're screaming, "Don't burst my bubble."

NotquiteunBuckley said...

3. "Panel Says Climate Change Poses Risk to Food Supplies/A leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that climate change could reduce output and send prices higher in a period when global food demand is expected to soar."

If there is a risk, a chance something could happen based on expected demand, then we must submit and obey Al Gore.

Oh, and ethanol is saving our asses as we speak from the ravages of CLIMATE CHANGE, while driving food prices down worldwide as the imputus for maximizing innovation in yeild increases, but not entirely. We need more ethanol in all possible products, and by God Obama and the GOP will make it so. This will result in lower prices (as demand rises, supply becomes easier to produce, because of economies of scale, hence cost factors are structually-lowered for each various entity in the system, creating a cycle of lowered costs resulting in everything being free for everyone everywhere damn soon) and less reliance on Big Oil.

Titus said...

I am kind of emotional now and I need to say something.

Althouse....I love you.

You are fucking smart, funny, witty, totally snarky (which I love most) kinda bitchy and sexy as hell.

If I was a straightie I would definitely go for you....even though you are my senior.

You are a total fox.

I believe your former and current commenters secretly want you bad and because you did not live up to their expectations they are crushed and devastated.

tits.

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

All Obama fucks ups all the time is such a drag. You get to the point where you want to avert your eyes from the political wreck of an Administration.

The Times spent six years revelling in all Bush all evil all the time. It was a six-year negative campaign against him, and against Republicans, and clearly did much to pave the way for Obama's election and the overwhelming Democrat majorities in Congress.

It's a tactic the Times keeps on hand for use as its brilliant intellectual leaders see fit.

YoungHegelian said...

Always remember when thinking about the media & Obama that it's not just the administration's credibility that in question here, it's the media's credibility also.

For the media to admit what a screw up Obama is means also admitting how wrong they were in their judgements. And folks in the media think, with all their heart & soul, that they are very, very, smart indeed.

EDH said...

You don't want to rock the world of those now-a-go-go yuppies who are still "Times Weekend" subscribers!

Kev said...

(the other kev)

Squirrel!

The Drill SGT said...

3. "Panel Says Climate Change Poses Risk to Food Supplies

Just a brief reminder that plants (e.g. our food supply) like sun and CO2.

In the last two warming periods, the Roman and the Middle Ages, crop abundance spurred innovation and Population growth.

heyboom said...

Obviously to distract. Obamacare is a national story that directly affects every single person who lives here.

The LAX shooting is a local story (paging Dr. Gosnell!).

Biff said...

I live in a university town in NYT territory. The NYT is essentially the sole source of news in these parts, and it's articles are accepted as holy writ. Meanwhile, people who don't rely on the NYT are mocked as "lacking curiosity."

The only controversy of substance in this town is whether Elizabeth Warren will be able to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. I love asking people around here about the specific accomplishments of either. You'd think I farted at high tea.

Biff said...

Phooey. I was just obsessing over some else's use of "it's" when they should have used "its," and then I see that I am guilty of the same goof in my last post.

Time to run outside, and play in the leaves.

Molly said...

Obama problem on the near horizon: "Obama lost Iraq" after Malaki's visit to the White House.

Molly said...

Obama problem on the near horizon: "Obama lost Iraq" after Malaki's visit to the White House.

Sam L. said...

How can the readers be tired of scandals the NYT refuses to print?