Thursday, March 27, 2008

Like the ground zero and Atlantic Yards fiascos, its overblown scale and reliance on tired urban planning formulas should force a serious reappraisal of the public-private partnerships that shape development in the city today. And in many ways the West Side railyards is the most disturbing of the three...

As a money-making venture conceived by a cash-starved transit authority, it signals a level of cynicism that should prod us to demand a moratorium on all such development until our public officials return to their senses.
Amen to that.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

TIMES DECEIVES READERS The headline: Big Wins for Clinton in Texas and Ohio.

The sixth sentence?

And the result there allowed her to cast Tuesday as the beginning of a comeback even though she stood a good chance of gaining no ground against Mr. Obama in the hunt for delegates.
(Emphasis added.)

The currency of the nomination process is delegates. How a candidate could have a "win" that's "big" without gaining delegates goes unexplained.

From the twelfth paragraph:

Given the way the Democratic Party allocates delegates, it remained unclear whether Mrs. Clinton would close Mr. Obama’s lead on that front.
But to reiterate: That is the only front.

The New York Times could use its prestige and influence to correct a misleading bit of conventional wisdom that has cropped up in the last several days. Instead, the paper sacrifices accuracy so that it can stick with the crowd.

UPDATE: From the sixth paragraph of an article--also touting Clinton's "victories"--that The Times gives less prominence:

Mr. Obama, meanwhile, appeared likely to accumulate enough delegates from Texas and Ohio (as well as from his victory in Vermont) to strengthen his mathematical edge for the nomination.

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