NSA PRISM Cognitive Dissonance of the Day – WSJ Edition

Courtesy of BuzzFeed’s Tech Editor John Herrman who noted the following of Wall Street Journal editorial team: Bikes: evidence of a totalitarian state live.wsj.com/video/opinion-… Massive government data mining: ehhhh online.wsj.com/article/SB1000… — John Herrman (@jwherrman) June 7, 2013 I don’t think there’s much more to add…

The Wall Street Journal Versus Moral Responsibility

In arguing against lifting liability caps on offshore drilling, the Wall Street Journal is arguing against both moral responsibility and the free market.

3 Memes That Annoy Me

I marked all of the following in my feed reader this morning, intending to post on them individually.  But, really, they’re all examples of common tropes that annoy the bejeezus out of me. 1.  Have you read it? Lots of folks, including Glenn Reynolds, are chortling over about Attorney General Eric Holder’s admission that he […]

NYT Online Going Pay-Per-View

The NYT is joining the WSJ in making noise about putting a subscriber wall around all its content. New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. After a year of sometimes fraught debate inside […]

Tiger Woods Unpaved Road Ad

Alex Massie passes along “An unfortunately timed Accenture advertisement in the Wall Street Journal today that has also caught the attention of the folks at TMZ (who dub it “the definition of irony) and, I’m sure, others. The juxtaposition of this and Woods’ car crash over the weekend is somewhat amusing, although I’m sure the […]

Ken Bacon Dead at 64

Former Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon has died.  He was only 64. Kenneth H. Bacon, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who became chief Pentagon spokesman under President Bill Clinton, died Saturday at age 64. Bacon had been battling melanoama, and was on leave was his job as president of Refugees International, a Washington-based group he […]

Murdoch: Free News Era Over

Rupert Murdoch thinks he’s figured out how to fix the ailing newspaper industry: Starting charging for online content! Rupert ­Murdoch expects to start charging for access to News Corporation’s newspaper websites within a year as he strives to fix a ­”malfunctioning” business model. Encouraged by booming online subscription revenues at the Wall Street Journal, the […]

Start New Banks

In the discussion section of Steve Verdon’s Obama the Fear Monger post, commentor Drew and I had a brief debate about the possibility of using TARP funds to create new banks rather than try to rescue old ones.  In today’s Wall Street Journal, Paul Romer of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research makes this […]

2008 Predictions Scorecard (James Joyner)

As 2008 winds to an end, it’ll soon be time for the OTB staff to post its predictions for the coming year.   First, though, is the painful look back at our predictions for 2008. Predictions that came to pass The Republicans will eventually nominate someone, pundit chatter about a divided base notwithstanding. “Ron Paul won’t […]

Mainstream Media Obsessed with Sex, Sex, Sex!

Cernig is outraged at the sex-obsessed American press. I am now officially disgusted with America’s insular and navel-gazing punditry. En masse and on a bipartisan basis the media, commentators and bloggers have decided that the Edwards Affair story is more important than events in South Ossetia. What happened, folks, did your minds cloud over at […]

Mahdi Army Transforming into Salvation Army?

The Mahdi Army might soon be the Iraqi equivalent of the Salvation Army, Gina Chon reports for the Wall Street Journal. Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr — long a thorn in the side of the U.S. military and Iraqi government — intends to disarm his once-dominant Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization. […]

WSJ Firing 50 Editors, Hiring 95 Reporters

David Kaplan reports on a big shake-up at Wall Street Journal: WSJ is cutting 50 editorial positions as it moves to reform editing functions across print, online and mobile, according to a staff memo written by Robert Thomson, the News Corp (NYSE: NWS). paper’s managing editor. The Global News, Global Copy, Global Pagination, Monitor and […]

Hyperlocal News Fails Without Locals

WSJ points to the failure of so-called ‘hyperlocal’ news portals, focusing on a WaPo venture. For believers in the power of rigorous local coverage to help save newspapers, the Washington Post’s launch of LoudounExtra.com last July was a potentially industry-defining event. It paired a journalistic powerhouse with a dream team of Internet geeks to build […]

Is It Time to Invade Burma?

Romesh Ratnesar takes to the pages of TIME to ask, in apparent seriousness, “Is It Time to Invade Burma?” The disaster in Burma presents the world with perhaps its most serious humanitarian crisis since the 2004 Asian tsunami. By most reliable estimates, close to 100,000 people are dead. Delays in delivering relief to the victims, […]

Sorenson Admits ‘Profiles in Courage’ Role

Ted Sorenson has finally admitted that he had a large role in writing Profiles in Courage, for which John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize as a solo author. According to a Wall Street Journal review, Sorensen says, for the first time, that he “did a first draft of most chapters,” “helped choose the words […]

Poll: Bush a Liability for McCain

A new NBC/WSJ poll shows that being seen as too close to George W. Bush is bringing John McCain down. I’m pretty sure that Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse already knew that, since I did, but it’s good to put a number on these things (43 percent, as it turns out). Other interesting findings: 36 […]

McCain Hires Pollster McInturff

John McCain has re-hired Bill McInturff and his team at Public Opinion Strategies to conduct his polling. Sen. John McCain, still rebuilding his presidential campaign after last summer’s near-bankruptcy and staff upheaval, has re-enlisted respected veteran Bill McInturff as his pollster. McInturff, co-founder of the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies, has been the Arizona senator’s […]

Katie Couric – CBS News Divorce Imminent

CBS plans to oust Katie Couric from the anchor chair of the “Evening News” soon after the election, Rebecca Dana reports for WSJ. After two years of record-low ratings, both CBS News executives and people close to Katie Couric say that the “CBS Evening News” anchor is likely to leave the network well before her […]

Obama Denounces Pastor, Continuing Circular Firing Squad

Barack Obama has denounced his pastor of twenty years, the man who performed his wedding ceremony, baptized his children, and served as the inspiration for his best-selling book, because his inflammatory comments got picked up in the press and caused him some political embarrassment. In the handful of years Senator Barack Obama has spent in […]

It’s the Economy, Stupid

If you look at the following headlines from just the last 24 hours: “Most Economists in Survey Say Recession is Already Here”, Wall Street Journal “Southland Home Prices Tumble Fast”, Los Angeles Times “Betting the Bank”, Paul Krugman op-ed in NYT “Investors Flock to a Classic Refuge, Propelling Its Price Past $1000”, New York Times […]

McCain’s Economics Education

During last night’s Republican debate, Tim Russert quoted John McCain back to himself: “I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.” McCain responded: “I don’t know where you got that quote from, I’m very well versed in economics.” One of Josh […]

Predictions for 2008

My OTB colleague Dave Schuler made his 2008 predictions on New Year’s Eve but I’ve decided to wait until the first official work day of the year to get a better sense of the lay of the land. U.S. Politics: The Republicans will eventually nominate someone, pundit chatter about a divided base notwithstanding. “Ron Paul […]

Wall Street Journal to Go Free Online

This news is a couple of days old but this is the first I’ve heard of it: The Wall Street Journal‘s website will soon be free. Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of the News Corporation, said today that he intended to make access to The Wall Street Journal’s Web site free, trading subscription fees for anticipated […]

Hillary Leads Obama by 22 Points, Tied with Giuliani

Hillary Clinton continues to dominate the Democratic field but has lost ground in hypothetical match-ups with Republicans, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds. After a debate performance last week that continues to produce headlines — and that she admitted wasn’t her best showing — Hillary Clinton continues to enjoy a 20-point lead over her […]

Obama: Rid World of Nuclear Weapons (Updated)

Barack Obama has a plan to solve the nuclear issues in Iran, North Korea, and elsewhere: have everyone get rid of their nukes. Senator Barack Obama will propose on Tuesday setting a goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons in the world, saying the United States should greatly reduce its stockpiles to lower the threat of […]

CIA Bans Water-Boarding

CIA Director Michael Hayden has officially banned water-boarding, the most criticized of its interrogation techniques and one that has not been used in several years. The practice of water-boarding has been branded as “torture” by human rights groups and a number of leading U.S. officials, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., because it amounted to a […]

Petraeus’ Poll Surge

The anticipation of testimony by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker has had the desired effect of moving public opinion on the war, albeit modestly. Public discontent with the Iraq war has eased slightly, a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll shows, suggesting President Bush may have a little more maneuvering room at a […]

John Edwards Accidentally Made Millions from Katrina Victim Abusing Subprime Lenders

WSJ’s Christopher Cooper reports on what appears to be serious hypocrisy on John Edwards’ part: As a presidential candidate, Democrat John Edwards has regularly attacked subprime lenders, particularly those that have filed foreclosure suits against victims of Hurricane Katrina. But as an investor, Mr. Edwards has ties to lenders foreclosing on Katrina victims. The Wall […]

Inflation Concerns and the Fed

The Wall Street Journal Blog is pointing to some interesting Producer Price Index (PPIC) numbers that may mean good news in terms of inflation worries and whether or not the Fed will raise or even possibly lower interest rates at their next meeting. Today’s larger-than-expected jump in the producer price index — up 0.6% in […]

Karl Rove Resigns, Effective August 31st

White House political adviser Karl Rove has announced his resignation, effective August 31st: “I just think it’s time,” Rove told the Wall Street Journal. “There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family.” He told the […]

Perceptions of Iraq War Starting to Shift?

Michael Barone argues that a major op-ed last week by Michael O’Hanlon and Ken Pollack, which argued that there are signs that the Surge is working, has “shake[n] up Washington and change[d] the way [the Iraq War] is viewed.” That would be astounding, indeed, given how few people read NYT op-eds, that the piece was […]

0.0001% of WSJ Readers Cancel Subscriptions

Editor and Publisher reports that 170 people have canceled their subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal in protest over Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition, leaving a mere 1,689,130.*

Will Murdoch’s WSJ End NBC Polling Partnership?

With this morning’s news that Rupert Murdoch has won his bid to buy Dow Jones and thus the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Wilner worries that we’ll soon see the end of a polling institution. Competition being what it is, it’s hard to imagine that a Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal would be allowed to continue its […]

Why Lefty Bloggers Are Owed a Living Redux

Susie Madrak, under the attention-grabbing headline “No More Dead Bloggers,” laments “the utter injustice of a Democratic political system that is very, very happy to take the money and volunteers the blogosphere sends its way” and yet returns only “Bubkis” to the non-A-listers. There is not even a little doubt in my mind that, if […]

Dark Forces Behind Internet Videos

Mary Lu Carnevale, the blogger for the WSJ’s Washington Wire, has broken the lid open on a scandal that threatens to upend the blogosphere: Hot Air Network’s Web ad … urged “conservatives fed up with Republican scheming on this bill, [to] do something about it. If you gave to the party in the past year, […]

Gates Retreat and Political Reality

The editors of the Wall Street Journal are confused: There’s a rumor going around that Robert Gates is the Secretary of Defense. We’d like to request official confirmation, because based on recent evidence the man running the Pentagon is Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan. For that matter, is George W. Bush still President? The […]

Girls Go Wild – Not Their Fault?

Garance Franke-Ruta, a senior editor at the liberal American Prospect, takes to the conservative editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal to decry the “Girls Gone Wild” problem and call for a nanny state solution: “It is time to raise the age of consent from 18 to 21 — consent, in this case, referring not […]

Netroots The Left’s New Machine

Jonathan Chait has a longish cover piece in TNR entitled, “The Left’s New Machine: How the netroots became the most important mass movement in U.S. politics.” What particularly struck me was this: The most significant fact of American political life over the last three decades is that there is a conservative movement and there has […]

Big Newspapers Continue Layoffs

The trend toward smaller staffs continues at even the biggest newspapers. Here are some stories from my Media feed that I missed in the last couple of days: New York Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. tells his stockholders’ meeting that he’s doing everything he can to turn around stock prices that make “none of us […]

Would Armed Campuses Be Safer?

Glenn Reynolds argues in a column in today’s NY Daily News that we’d be safer if only more of us carried guns. In fact, some mass shootings have been stopped by armed citizens. Though press accounts downplayed it, the 2002 shooting at Appalachian Law School was stopped when a student retrieved a gun from his […]

Energy Resource

The Wall Street Journal has a blog called Energy Roundup. The Energy Roundup collects and analyzes the day’s news in everything from oil to gas, from ethanol to wind power. Our sources include media from around the world. It is updated daily by WSJ.com Markets Editor Mark Gongloff and other WSJ.com editors and writers. I […]

McCain Playing Catch-Up As Support Ebbs

W$J fronts a new poll combined with analysis from John Harwood suggesting that John McCain’s bid for the Republican nomination is in serious trouble. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows the Arizona senator trailing Rudy Giuliani by more than 20 percentage points — and encountering doubts in the party about his age and […]

Why Wall Street Journal Online is Still Subscriber-Only

Freakonomics author Steve Levitt wonders why the Wall Street Journal, virtually alone among the world’s major dailies, continues to keep most of its online content behind a subscription wall, guaranteeing virtually no one will see it. Is it that there is something different about their readership that makes free online a bad idea for the […]

Presidential Candidate Blog Advertising

Amy Shatz has an interesting piece in today’s Wall Street Journal on the fact that presidential candidates are already buying advertising on political blogs, including this one. “There’s a blog primary going on right now,” says Henry Copeland, founder of Blogads, a North Carolina-based advertising service which automates the process of placing ads on blogs […]

Some Bad Fiscal News

Mark Thoma and Menzie Chinn post excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article on Bush’s budget. What caught my eye was the last part about the fiscal problm facing the next administration, OK. Take a breath. The U.S. economy is not Iraq, and today’s headlines are upbeat… But look ahead, and there is an unwelcome […]

Congress and Warmaking

A Wall Street Journal editorial contends that efforts by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to derail President Bush’s planned “surge” in Iraq is not only “feckless” but “unconstitutional.” As Commander-in-Chief, the President has the sole Constitutional authority to manage the war effort. Congress has two explicit war powers: It has the power to declare war, […]

Maliki Wants Equipment and Autonomy

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has finally cracked down on the Shiite militias and claims that his government will be ready for much much more autonomy if the United States simply provides adequate materiel support. “If we succeed in implementing the agreement between us to speed up the equipping and providing weapons to our military […]

Media Aren’t the Enemy in Iraq

Neocon extraordinaire Max Boot hammers hard the notion that defeatist reporting from a hostile media is to blame for our problems in Iraq: Whatever the shortcomings of some reporting, there has been a lot of first-rate coverage by a heroic corps of correspondents that has persevered in the face of terrible danger. (At least 109 […]

Cornering the Market on Irony

Michael Ledeen laments the Wall Street Journal‘s liberal bias in not fronting John Kerry’s poorly delivered joke from Monday in today’s edition: Nothing at all on the front page of the WSJ, quite disgraceful. In case you wondered about the WSJ newsroom, the main political story is an allegation of graft against a Republican congressman. […]

Belgium’s Al Gore Tax

You can’t make this stuff up: Belgium has named a tax after Al Gore. WSJ has the details behind their subscription wall. National Center for Policy Analysis provides a helpful summary: Gore was invoked in proposing a new "environmentally friendly" tax on packages that would penalize users of aluminum or plastic and provide incentives to […]

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