BEIJING—I had just begun haggling for a silk comforter at the Yuexiu Market on Chaoyangmen Street when I got a phone call saying that New York Times Op-Ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman was on his way to a bookstore nearby. I wrapped up the deal, disadvantageously, and grabbed a cab.
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Bill Clinton has accepted an invitation from Rupert Murdoch to address News Corporation executives this August at a corporate retreat in Pebble Beach.
A News Corp. spokesperson confirmed that Murdoch had invited Clinton and globe-trotting New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman to speak at the event, which will be held at the Pebble Read More
How fortunate that the opinion pages of our mightiest newspapers are open to diverse viewpoints. We would otherwise miss the opportunity to learn from liberal, conservative and centrist pundits alike that opponents of the Dubai ports deal—which now include about 70 percent of the American public—must be crazed, racist and xenophobic.
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Last year, Fareed Zakaria, the Newsweek International editor and television pundit, was invited to participate in a rather unconventional project.
The Dominican Republic had suffered an economic collapse, and the I.M.F. forced the country’s central bank to sell a 2,000-acre tract of lush beachfront property that it owned. A group of about 20 American luminaries Read More
One of the interesting down-ballot outcomes of this race was a reminder of what a low-tech slog city politics really is.
Andrew Rasiej, a tech entrepreneur who got lots of ink, not least here, for his plan for affordable wireless internet, wound up with just over 5% of the vote.
Michael Earl Brown, by Read More
Andrew Rasiej‘s longshot hopes of actually becoming Public Advocate seem to be pretty much dashed by the Times endorsement of Betsy Gotbaum this morning, which was as enthusiastic as they come this year.
But as vested as The Politicker is in Rasiej’s core tech agenda, there was always kind of a disconnect Read More
Maureen Dowd and Thomas L. Friedman both have Pulitzer Prizes and best-selling books to their names. But as of earlier this month, neither one has a Sunday opinion column in The New York Times.
“I don’t regard one day as any better than another day,” said Gail Collins, Times editorial-page editor. Ms. Collins was on Read More
Harold Evans and Tina Brown are, famously, editors. Down low on bookshelves of their dining room rest an impressive array of leather-bound volumes of years’ worth of magazines edited. Beside these millions of yesterday’s words, some superior members of the media profit centers and others from the lower word-providing classes were served lunch last week. Read More
When the tank pulled Saddam’s statue down in Baghdad, and Iraqis-a small crowd of them, anyway-jumped on it, Tim Russert on MSNBC launched into a lecture to the Arab world. Will they show their people these pictures? he asked. Will they embrace democracy instead of terrorism?
There was something of a bullying tone to the Read More
Not quite one year ago, I spent a pleasant evening at the Pierre Hotel tasting the world’s best bottles of champagne. The occasion was a ceremony and dinner sponsored by the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, an organization of growers, vintners and others involved in the production and distribution of that great beverage. For the Read More