October 2012 Archive


David Brooks Tries His Hand as a Romney Speechwriter

By Dean Baker: It apparently is that time of year when columnists try out as speechwriters for the candidates. After Robert Samuelson tried his hand by ...

Illustration by DonkeyHotey for The Politics Blog (Based on Images from the AP)

Our Mr. Brooks Practices His Ventriloquism

By Charles P. Pierce: Moral Hazard, the Irish setter owned for photo-op purposes by New York Times columnist David Brooks, awoke with a start from the sound sleep he ...

Jose Antonio Vargas

New York Times Public Editor Won’t Advocate Against ‘Illegal Immigrant’

By Amanda Holpuch: The public editor of the New York Times has defended her refusal to stop using the term "illegal immigrant" against accusations that the term is inflammatory.

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Fly American Airlines

By Matthew Yglesias: You may have read Gary Shteyngart's endlessly amusing New York Times op-ed about a nightmare experience on American Airlines over the weekend, but he's such an entertaining writer and air travel horror stories are so common that I'm afraid some people may miss the core point.

Bowles Simpson Commission

The Bowles Simpson Commission Did NOT Issue a Report

By Dean Baker: Why does the media keep telling us that the Bowles-Simpson commission issued a report when it clearly did not. If we go to ...

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Really, New York Times? Jerry Seinfeld Writes Rebuttal to TV Column

By Erik Hayden: A New York Times column lamenting the use of the expression “Really?” as a sarcastic quip on TV has incited the ire of none other ...