Bellyaching at the B-School

Miss seldom concerns herself with the antics of graduate school students and faculty, mainly because graduate schools and the denizens therein tend to be, well, boring. But news of gender turmoil at the Harvard Business School has Miss sitting up and taking notice. On September 8, the New York Times ran a blistering exposé of […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and a Blog by Lawrence Downes

In the August 31 New York Times editor Lawrence Downes blogged the following smackdown of Clint Eastwood’s improvisational monologue at the Republican convention the night before. He used Eastwood’s remarks as representative of what he imagines to be a Republican portrait of President Obama: Imaginary Barack was invented in Hawaii, sneaked into the Oval Office, […]

Oh, For God’s Sake Nicholas Kristof, Shut Up!

The other day New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote about a recent Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life report concerning the level of knowledge Americans possess about the world’s great religions. As you might guess, we’re not, as a people, terribly well-schooled in the Talmud, or well-versed in the Bible, or able to […]

Abusing History Can Be Laugh-Out-Loud Funny

Just ask Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. He writes, magnanimously and patronizingly, that most of those who oppose building an Islamic center and mosque in a building damaged in the attacks of 9/11 aren’t “bigots”; they’re merely ‘fraidy cats in the long tradition of “patriots [who fear] that newcomers don’t share their values, […]

How to Rig a Disaster

President Obama’s oily response to the disaster taking place off the coast of Louisiana perfectly illustrates just how at sea our president is. Nearly two weeks into the aftermath of the BP platform explosion, President Obama traveled to the beleaguered southern state to point the finger of blame, up close and personal, to the on-scene […]

Profiles in Racism: How Comments in The New York Times Reveal Their Writers’ Ugly Thoughts

Way back in the 1980’s I held a tea party. I broke out the Limoges, I tracked down watercress—no easy trick in 1985—for fancy sandwiches, and I spent hours baking the requisite tiny pastries. As it happens, the guest list was all female, friends and colleagues. The centerpiece of the menu was a lethal brew […]

What Bugs You? Obama, Pelosi, and Tribe. And the New York Times.

If you lived in Boston or thereabouts in the last half of the 20th Century, chances are you or someone you knew listened to Jess Cain on morning drive-time radio. His show was the usual mix of the occasional pop tune, news, traffic reports, and ads. But what made the Jess Cain show so special, […]

Gay “Poverty”: The New York Times Gets It Wrong

Yesterday’s on-line edition of the New York Times ( contained a long story bleating about the “High Cost of Being A Gay Couple.”  It seems, according to the Times’s calculations, that gay couples are doomed to shelling out anywhere between $40,000 and $140,000 more, over a lifetime, than married straight couples of identical fiscal circumstances.  […]