NYT Editor to Accept Honorary Degree from Brandeis Despite Controversy

NYT editor won't comment on Brandeis because paper is covering story
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson / AP

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is still scheduled to accept an honorary degree from Brandeis University next month, despite the firestorm over the school’s decision to rescind its honorary degree invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

NYT Reporter Teases Kochs on Twitter

steven greenhouse

New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse haz’d a sad Wednesday in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling to lift some restrictions on campaign contributions, and sent out some bitter Tweets to mark the occasion:

Source: Paul Krugman Has Never Given Money to Charity

Preeminent thought leader Paul Krugman wears a fancy medal. (AP)

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Tuesday formally endorsed the Democratic midterm strategy, spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), of demonizing the libertarian philanthropy barons Charles and David Koch. Liberals are so worked up about the Kochs, they recently protested outside a New York City hospital that received a $100 million donation from David Koch, who Reid has described as “un-American” and “against everything that’s good for America.

Under the headline, “Things Go Better With Kochs,” which, as Krugman explains, it exceedingly clever—Koch is pronounced “coke,” as in Coca Cola, a soft drink company whose slogan in the 1960s was “Things go better with Coke”—the Nobel Prize winning scholar writes:

Harry Reid, Koch Fiend

Harry Reid / AP

Congrats to the New York Times for its scoop on the “new Democratic strategy” of lashing out at Charles and David Koch, libertarian philanthropists who, according to the Times, “look genial enough.”

What makes this year’s effort to villainize the Koch brothers a “new” strategy for Democrats is unclear, but this is the New York Times we’re talking about, so they must be on to something,  especially considering their piece is a pretty transparent ripoff of this Buzzfeed article by Kate Nocera from less than a week ago.

Perhaps there is some nuanced distinction that sets Harry Reid’s latest bout of hysteria apart from the 2010 campaign, when Democrats ran furiously against the Koch brothers and got shellacked on Election Day, losing independents by 15 points. On the other hand, perhaps not.

Maybe it’s the clever new slogan: “The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch.” It’s clever because “Koch” is pronounced “coke,” as in the drug “cocaine,” which is addicting. That’s pretty funny. Credit to Reid’s wife Landra Gould, who reportedly came up with it.

The Billionaire’s Broadsheet

Carlos Slim to exercise New York Times warrants
Carlos Slim

(Reuters) – Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim plans to increase his stake in The New York Times Co by exercising at the end of this year warrants he received when he made a major loan to the newspaper company, according to a report in Bloomberg.

Fast Times at Eighth Avenue High

Column: Our adolescent media
New York Times building

You are an accomplished adult, at the top of your field, working in the heart of the greatest city in the world. Important people answer your emails and phone calls. Yet there is one person in the office who bugs you, whose demeanor you find obnoxious. You want to take a stand, to let this individual know his behavior is uncalled for, imperious, despotic even. And so you do the only thing a mature and levelheaded man in your position can do: You refuse to sit with him at lunch.