I can’t say that I’m either particularly jubilant that Piers Morgan is going to lose his CNN gig, or obscurely depressed that the gun control movement will effectively lose such a particularly unhelpful spokesman for its cause. It is a thing: I don’t watch CNN anyway and there’s always going to be somebody else who comes along with Morgan’s gift for negative PR. (more…)
To quote SM Stirling: the Times apparently feels that your national destiny should be fertilizer.
Don’t know that word? The invaluable RPG Trail of Cthulhu defines it in this case as “the moment that the main character pieces together the nature of the Mythos and goes to pieces:” basically, what happens is that your unlucky protagonist has an insight that allows him and her to understand the true nature of the universe. And the sudden understanding inevitably leads to madness.
So let us thus discuss the New York Times.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by 2.5 million over the next decade. That is mostly a good thing, a liberating result of the law.
Seriously, that’s the image that the New York Times is going with in their editorial “The Koch Party.” EXPLICITLY.
Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform.
…honestly? I just stopped reading at that point. Mostly because I go distracted by the possibilities; if the Koch Brothers are handing out War Zeppelins then I want mine to be cyberpunk, with electro-cannons and a steam organ. And maybe ornithopters. Yes, definitely ornithopters: otherwise, there’s no freaking point.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: I am taking this editorial as seriously as it deserves. Look, you throw Artillery War-Zeppelins right over the plate, fat, slow, and happy: I’m going to take a swing at it.
The New York Times is starting to get a bit nervous about this health care law thing.
Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff.
The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month, 12 percent of their annual income of around $100,000 and more than they have ever paid before.
Even more striking, for the Chapmans, is this fact: If they made just a few thousand dollars less a year — below $94,200 — their costs would be cut in half, because a family like theirs could qualify for federal subsidies.
So much so that they’re now gingerly starting to tell their readers what you and I already know: “While the act clearly[*] benefits those at the low end of the income scale — and rich people can continue to afford even the most generous plans — people like the Chapmans are caught in the uncomfortable middle: not poor enough for help, but not rich enough to be indifferent to cost.” I welcome this sudden decision by the New York Times to join us here in Reality Non-Unicorn, and hope that they enjoy their visit. Indeed, the Old Grey Lady is more than welcome to settle here permanently. (more…)
A discussion of the suggestion regarding the possibility of theoretically firing someone over #obamacare.
My, don’t they sound confident:
White House officials, asserting that the HealthCare.gov website is largely fixed, are under mounting pressure from Democrats and close allies to hold senior-level people accountable for the botched rollout of President Obama’s signature domestic achievement and to determine who should be fired.
“Heads May Roll” May. http://t.co/grCFJNToPx
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 4, 2013
That is what they called it. Admittedly, in an Op-Ed, but wow.
In May, Carolyn McCarthy, a nine-term congresswoman from Long Island, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her treatment began almost immediately, causing her to take a lengthy absence from her office while she fought the disease. At the same time, McCarthy, 69, ended a pack-a-day cigarette habit that she’d had for most of her life, presumably because she understood the link between cigarette-smoking and lung cancer. Scientists estimate that smoking plays a role in 90 percent of lung cancer deaths.
“Since my diagnosis with lung cancer,” she wrote in a recent legal filing, “I have had mental and emotional distress and inconvenience. I am fearful of death.” She added, “My asbestos-related condition has disrupted my life, limiting me in my everyday activities and interfering with living a normal life.”
Who knew that the New York Times Editorial Board consisted of masochists?
At some point, the full story of Anthony Weiner and his sexual relationships and texting habits will finally be told.
The NYT then went on to invite Anthony Weiner to pull out of the Mayor’s race. Hey, if he doesn’t do that and Weiner wins the Democratic nomination anyway, that means that the NYT will endorse the Republican, right?
The NYT goes all in. http://t.co/jr3JsF01XT
— RB (@RBPundit) July 24, 2013
And so did you.
James Taranto, on why the media is circling the wagons around Fox News:
Why the surprising show of solidarity–especially from the Times, which has labored mightily to rationalize away the other big Obama scandals, around Benghazi and the Internal Revenue service? Because they realize the Obama administration’s days are numbered (the number is 1,333 as of today). Even if Holder’s justice department wouldn’t dream of going after the New York Times–and the AP story calls that assumption into question–a future administration might not be so afraid of being seen as Torquemada. So we’re all Fox News now.
Let this precedent stand and future Republican administrations WILL take advantage of it. This is not a bluff; this is a promise to enthusiastically apply negative feedback to unwanted behaviors.
Senator Robert Menendez was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority. Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures about Mr. Menendez’s use of his position to advance the financial interests of a friend and big donor. Instead of trying to protect Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, needs to remove his gavel, at least pending credible resolution by the Senate Ethics Committee of the swirling accusations of misconduct.
Which is to say that for what it is, it’s actually not too bad. A couple of points, though: (more…)
Well, you know what they say: it’s a recession when a Righty loses his job, a depression when a Lefty loses his – and a Delayed Mayan Apocalypse when it happens to a member of the Media.
Well. No, they actually don’t say that. But they’re probably thinking that, which is really the important thing.
PS: If they would like their readership back (which is how they would get their revenues back), the New York Times might try considering a strategy that does not assume that half of the country consists of Yahoos with the franchise.