Posts Tagged ‘Frank Rich’

A Quote Too Good to Be Overlooked

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Okay, I know lots and lots of folks – trash-ers as well as supplicants — read the NY Times and  post the readings all over the place as if no one else reads the Times like they do. But this quote was too good to be overlooked and my students are in the back of my mind when they aren’t in the front:

This is a snapshot of a whiplashed country that (understandably) doesn’t know whose butt to kick first. Frank Rich, NY Times, November 6, 2010.

General Stanley McChrystal: Why? Why? Why? – Part 2

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

If this writer had been thinking clearly, he would have known that there would have to be a Part 2. And maybe even a 3. Braggadocio definitely on center stage but there is more. Tomorrow, Sunday, CNN’s Reliable Sources, will feature some  pundits talking about the McChrystal affair. I can’ wait to see it.

However, I still like what I wrote in Part 1, that the General’s mooning of the Obama administration was contempt expressed in act of desperation. Regardless of what others have, might or will say. And I especially like this excerpt from Frank Rich of the New York Times:

There were few laughs in the 36 hours of tumult, but Jon Stewart captured them with a montage of cable-news talking heads expressing repeated shock that an interloper from a rock ’n’ roll magazine could gain access to the war command and induce it to speak with self-immolating candor. Politico theorized that Hastings had pulled off his impertinent coup because he was a freelance journalist rather than a beat reporter, and so could risk “burning bridges by publishing many of McChrystal’s remarks.”

That sentence was edited out of the article — in a routine updating, said Politico — after the blogger Andrew Sullivan highlighted it as a devastating indictment of a Washington media elite too cozy with and protective of its sources to report the unvarnished news.

Love it.

Full Rich Op Ed – The 36 Hours That Shook Washingtonhere.

CNN Needs to Do Better Profiling of Blithering Birthers & Their Naysaying Cousins

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

I was watching CNN’s broadcast last night, August 12, of the town hall meetings turned into ranting cages for “those people” barking about topics and subjects that have nothing to do with health care. A smart strategy by organizers, brain trusts – clearly extreme right – who came up with this plan to use the news media for their agenda.

Smart strategy – I have to say that one more time.

CNN, however, needs to do a better job of telling its viewers who these people are, to put things into context.


Sonia Sotomayor – Cutting to the Chase

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

I watched and listened to some of the hearings. I did not wretch. Same for a few on-air news analyses and commentaries (CNN, Channel 13-PBS, assorted ABC, NBC, et. al. affiliates and nationals). I should have checked the local news broadcast in Peoria but didn’t have the presence of mind (but it’s coming).

Nevertheless, I did not wretch.

I hung in there as long as I could – much, much longer than I did for the Michael Jackson spectacle – until it became clear she would sail through. And then I read New York Times Frank Rich’s column today and realized my mistake. I’m seriously considering a mini-doc now that I know what I missed but it’s not as much of a miss as the mainstream news media. It’s merely a missed opportunity that can be corrected.

Check this excerpt:

“Much of the audience was surely driven away by the sheer boredom of watching white guys incessantly parse the nominee’s “wise Latina” remark. This badgering was their last-ditch effort to prove that Gingrich was right when he called Sotomayor a racist at the start of the nomination process. She confronted that overheated controversy directly. “I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judgment,” Sotomayor testified. “

Read Frank Rich’s New York Times Column here.