Dowd But Not Out
Don’t expect Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times‘ public editor, to join those calling for columnist Maureen Dowd to be axed over what they charge is a serial pattern of inaccuracy.
The Observer reached out to Ms. Sullivan to find out if she planned to weigh in on Ms. Dowd’s latest controversy: significantly misquoting a mayoral candidate’s wife so a policy-laden argument had the aura of a political cheap shot.
Today, the New York City mayoral race was shook up by a rather notable misquote by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, resulting in condemnations and fury all around.
But because “All the News That’s Fit to Print” now includes Ms. Dowd’s error, the paper’s reporting side was forced to somewhat awkwardly cover the “ugly dispute” in a followup story on whether mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s wife dissed his rival Christine Quinn, who is gay, for being childless.
Dowd But Not Out
This afternoon, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn offered a heartfelt rebuttal to comments made by Chirlane McCray — the wife of Ms. Quinn’s opponent, Bill de Blasio — despite an admission by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that Ms. McCray had been misquoted.
“I agree with Maureen that the sentiment is the same and that sentiment, to me, is really saddening and troubling,” said Ms. Quinn at the end of an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “I don’t understand why Ms. McCray or why the public advocate sitting next to her would allow statements to be made that clearly indicate that somehow I am not able to listen to women, listen to families, serve women and families who do not have children.”
The Eight-Day Week
André Leon Talley, Vogue’s bigger-than-life fashionisto, has moved away a bit from the mega-magazine (he is no longer editor at large at Vogue but is instead editor at large at the Russian edition of Numero) and is now pursuing reality TV and, on the flip side, books. Mr. Talley will be signing his new 184-page Read More
Maureen Dowd created a minor anti-Semitism scandal yesterday, just in time for Rosh Hashanah. What a shonda!
Apparently, suggesting that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are puppets manipulated by neocon puppet masters can be taken the wrong way. Critics (like Jeffery Goldberg in The Atlantic) allege that the imagery plays into old anti-Semitic stereotypes.
But what about the other imagery lurking in Ms. Dowd’s column? Let’s take a look.
Who’s the character behind the latest bit of Conde Nast roman a clef? What does Barry Diller think of his newly-owned print magazine? What constitutes superficial beauty in a place as fundamentally ugly as D.C.? Did Malcolm Gladwell cause the recession? Does he wish he did? Who is producing the most powerful journalism of the day? And will Robert take K-Stew back? Today’s Power Lunch is brought to you by the Four-Cosmo Circa 2007 Michael’s Expense Account Lunch and Towncar Combo, and offers no real answers to any of those questions. These are your afternoon media briefs:
Annals of the Zeitgeist
Fifty Shades of Grey—the S&M publishing phenomenon fueled by discreet e-book sales—is having a slow motion moment in The New York Times.
First, in the Business section, Julie Bosman wrote about the word-of-mouth buzz that caused a bidding war among publishing houses for the erotic novel’s re-release, which ended with highbrow Knopf shelling Read More
A typical “New Yorker” cartoon caption that you didn’t write
If you’ve never had a winning submission to The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest, you’re in good company. It took Roger Ebert 107 tries before coming up with a winning line, while other famous people such as Maureen Dowd, Michael Bloomberg, and Zach Read More
Archbishop Dolan had had it—he took to his blog.
“Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America—not in China or North Korea. In those countries, government presumes daily to ‘redefine’ rights, relationships, values, and natural law. There, communiqués from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of ‘family’ and ‘marriage’ means.”
The head of the nation’s second-largest Catholic archdiocese and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a man 60 Minutes had declared “The American Pope” only months before, felt himself staring into the abyss. And the abyss seemed to be staring back: New York was on the eve of voting in gay rights—at the urging of a Catholic governor, no less!—and his months of trying to stop it had come to naught. So he did what a lot of us do and vented on the Internet, seemingly resigned but combative nonetheless.
It was 9:26 a.m. on June 14—10 days, it turned out, before gay marriage would pass.
“But Obama presents himself as a paragon of high principle. So when he flops around on things like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ or shrinks back from one of his deepest beliefs about the freedom of religion anywhere and everywhere in America, it’s not pretty. Even worse, this is the man who staked his historical reputation Read More