New York Times

By - 12/19/13 - 11:51 am

Mike the Mad Biologist notes a Times editorial that purports to answer the question Why students do better overseas, with special attention to the miracle that is Finland, where children start life in cardboard boxes and all that. All well and good, Mike says, except Massachusetts does better than Finland on standardized tests:

No doubt the fixation on Finland is a boon for

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By - 11/9/13 - 8:00 pm

Katherine Seelye, the New York Times correspondent who has better places to be than Boston, but for some reason remains stuck here, opens a report on the Walsh transition today by mentioning that Tom Menino "is widely credited with transforming Boston from something of a backwater into a world-class city with a gleaming new seaport and innovation district."

Seelye, you may recall, announced... Read more

By - 10/5/12 - 12:42 pm

The Gray Lady reports on the current school-zone issue as if it's all still about racial desegregation in a system that's now 87% minority instead of the fact that it's really in reaction to the fact that too many of our schools still aren't anywhere near as good as they should be, at least not until down near the end of the story.... Read more

By - 2/10/12 - 6:45 am

Oops, they did it again. The New York Times, which hates when people post copies of its work, posted a copy of a Boston Review article without permission. The Phoenix's Carly Carioli, who called out the Gray Lady for posting a story now owned by the Phoenix just the other day, does the honors again:

How many more examples of this hypocrisy will

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By - 9/11/10 - 9:37 pm

The Grey Lady takes note of the giant hole at One Franklin Street. But it would be nice if at some point in her three years as the Boston Bureau Chief, the Times' Abby Goodnough had figured out that the shorthand for Filene's Basement is The Basement. Instead, the Times promises its readers that soon we will have "a new Filene’s for the bargain... Read more

By - 8/6/10 - 11:39 am

All the news that's fit to print about Boston: Now that the Big Dig is done, Paul Revere wouldn't recognize the place. You can get some great Italian food in Little Italy - which is also the place to rub shoulders with "Sam Adams-swilling frat boys." Boston hipsters drink 'Gansetts instead of PBR. Boston still sucks when compared to New York, but we have... Read more

By - 1/30/10 - 9:02 am

This morning's ran this headline and subhead describing yesterday's Presidential appearance at the Republican Congressional retreat in Baltimore:

Obama, GOP exchange scoldings in rare debate
President Obama denied he was a Bolshevik, Republicans denied they were obstructionists, and both sides denied they were to blame for toxic politics. (New York Times)

Here's the headline and subhead on describing the same event:... Read more

By - 12/28/09 - 9:14 am

Seems Mary Tripsas, a Harvard Business School professor, accepted a free flight to 3M's headquarters, then wrote about how wonderful its "innovation" center in her New York Times column. Only problem, as NYTpicker points out, The Times says freelancers aren't supposed to accept free trips from companies they write about. Prof says she was invited because she teaches at Harvard, not because she writes... Read more

By - 12/16/09 - 11:54 pm

Sara Rimer, who chronicled Boston's monied class and intelligentsia for the Times, was laid off today, along with a couple dozen other Times writers.

By - 11/28/09 - 11:35 am

The Times published a nice obituary for Brother Blue the other day - three weeks after his death. And, of course, this being the Times, they couldn't rely on other media accounts of his death: "The death was confirmed by his wife, Ruth."

Via eagle-eyed John Carroll.... Read more

By - 11/19/09 - 1:33 pm

It's true! Look at this headline from today's Times: New York Burger Stand on Boston's Seafood Turf?

Yes, it's all about the godawful decision Michael Ross has forced us into: Turn a giant unused men's room on the Common into a frappey New York Shake Shack or rent it out to a local who wants to sell Freedom Trail Ketchup with his burgers.... Read more

By - 9/6/09 - 9:32 am

The Times itself reports the paper is planning a San Francisco edition featuring local news - as is the Wall Street Journal:

In addition to planning a San Francisco edition, The Times is exploring the prospects for regional editions based in other cities.

Via John Carroll, already wondering whether the Times would unload the Globe, then promptly launch a Boston edition (then again,... Read more

By - 8/26/09 - 2:28 pm

Who knew New York Times columnists were so sensitive? Thanks to Chris Faraone at the Phoenix, we now know that Mo Mo doesn't read what people write about her on the Internet because it would hurt her feelings. So what does she do? She hurts our feelings, by quoting some pointyheaded douche from the New Republic:

The Internet is like closing time

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By - 5/7/09 - 6:39 am

Globe columnist Cullen likens relationship between Globe and NYT Co. to that between debtor and loan shark. Overall, it reads like a resigned realist, laying it out.

This installment of the loansharking metaphor is relatively free of violence, but tune in for the next exciting episode.

By - 4/13/09 - 7:52 am

The Times stereotypes Boston natives as quivering in fear of giant metal birds that belch smoke losing yet another local institution to sophisticated New Yorkers. The Outraged Liberal shakes an ox bone at the metal beast explains why it's just more proof of how out of touch the Manhattan Overlords are:

... I personally think we're over the "faraway headquarters" angst -- something

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By - 2/22/09 - 3:52 pm

He won't talk to the Globe for its weeklong eulogy, but he will talk to the New York Times:

... He considers unnecessary what his son Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island calls "the premature eulogizing," or what Mr. Biden terms "a bordering on an obituary," that has accompanied his life in recent months.

"Obviously I've been touched and grateful," Mr. Kennedy said

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By - 1/12/09 - 12:30 pm

...It could sell The Boston Globe-or shutter it entirely, given what the company itself has acknowledged is a challenging time for the sale of media properties. It could sell its share in the Boston Red Sox, close or sell various smaller properties, or off-load, the resolutely unglamorous Web purchase that has been virtually the only source of earnings growth in the

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By - 7/23/08 - 11:00 pm

And based on his four years here, concludes he knows Boston well enough to condemn it for all time - and then bolsters his all-knowing conclusion with a book about stuff that happened when the Red Sox were owned by people who haven't had anything to do with the team for years, because they're dead.

Via Jeff Egnaczyk.

By - 3/27/08 - 8:51 am

So instead it devotes front-page space to detail how Deval Patrick isn't a Third-World tyrant bending the state legislature to his will, while failing, as the Outraged Liberal notes, to pick up on the possible ethical questions being raised about Sal DiMasi.

Still, as Dan Kennedy writes:

If you're the governor of Massachusetts, this is not how you want to be featured

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By - 1/16/08 - 3:17 pm

Michael at the AIDS Action Committee writes:

Hello, New York Times ... HIV isn't making an alarming comeback; it has never gone away. It never stopped infecting and affecting our communities. It never stopped taking our friends and loved ones. What happened is that HIV has moved from the front pages of our newspapers, from the screens of our televisions, and from the

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