Fast Times at Eighth Avenue High

Column: Our adolescent media
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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.

New York Times Columnist Tried to Block Publication of Book in Israel

Alaa al-Aswany promised to give royalties to Hamas if published in Hebrew
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A newly hired New York Times columnist is an anti-Israel conspiracy theorist who is so opposed to “normalization” with the Jewish state that he once fought to prevent a think tank from translating his novel into Hebrew.

The Fundamental Immorality of Rent Control

There are eight million stories in the naked city. This is a particularly infuriating one.

Via Matt Welch, here is a fascinating story about rent control and bankruptcy. There is much pulling of the heartstrings by New York Times reporter Mireya Navarro and it’s clear how Navarro and the newspaper come down. I’m going to ignore the emotional blackmail* and instead focus on the relevant facts:

Two years ago, [Mary Veronica Santiago] took refuge in bankruptcy, hoping to have her debts wiped away. … The issue, pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is whether a rent-stabilized lease can be treated as an asset in a personal bankruptcy, just like a car or a piece of land, and used to pay off creditors. …

Mrs. Santiago has lived for 50 years in a two-bedroom apartment near Tompkins Square Park, in a neighborhood where unregulated apartments rent for thousands more a month than Mrs. Santiago’s rent of $703. Her main income is a Social Security check and, under normal bankruptcy proceedings, her lawyers said, she would have avoided repaying the $23,000 she owes because she had no assets. …

But as her case was nearing conclusion, her landlord stepped in with an offer to buy her rent-stabilized lease and produce the funds to pay off her debt. …

NYT Meekly Apologizes to HuffPo

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New York Times staff editor Juliet Lapidos apologized Wednesday to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and Michael Calderone for a joke at HuffPo’s expense during her employer’s hours-long Internet blackout.