NYT High Gas Price Op Ed Fest!

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
nyt high gas price op ed fest

If a gathering of crows is called a "murder," what do you call ten New York Times Op Ed pieces on high gas prices? A derrick of… no, I won't say it. Luckily, the Times only provides McNuggets for their "Is Your Tank Half Empty or Half Full?" editorial agglomeration. So… Pajama Life: Nicole Belson Goluboff, author of “The Law of Telecommuting,” says telecommuting rocks! Fuel for Inequality: Robert R. Reich says poor people are harder hit by rising gas prices than rich people. What the Green Bubble Will Leave Behind: Daniel Gross looks forward to driving a plug-in electric hybrid charged by a wind mill in his driveway. Ghosts of the Cul de Sac: Allison Arieff says high gas prices will kill the suburbs (so much for Gross' driveway). Goodbye to the Great American Road Trip: Michael Paterniti says fuck that shit. Tax Brakes: tax the Hell out of driving. I mean, the feds should give tax credits for NOT driving. Be the Prius: Tom Vanderbilt recommends hyper-miling. Or is that eco-driving? Psychoanalysis by the Gallon: Viennese scribe Annaliese Rohrer is, gasp!, on the subway "more often than I normally would choose to be." The Light Stuff: Jamie Lincoln Kitman (a car guy!) believes Detroit should be, sorry, build, smaller cars. Hair-Raiser: Karen Karbo loads us with this jewel: "Until [bicycle] helmet hair becomes universally chic, we will never be free of our dependency on mom chauffeuring us to the mall." (Her mom chauffeurs her to the mall?) So, what did we learn?

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  • Pch101 Pch101 on Jun 30, 2008

    The New York Times remains one of the best newspapers on the planet. But every newspaper needs eyeballs and buyers, which means figuring out what readers want and giving it to them. The public is bipolar, careening between periods of pleasure ("My house is worth $8 bazillion! I have a 143 inch TV! Everything is awesome!") and panic ("My house has lost 130% of its value! I had to pawn my TV! Everything sucks!!!"). The paper needs to tap into that sentiment in order to sell papers, which in turn feeds the spiral, whether upward or downward. The NYT is as guilty of that as is everyone else. I would love to see a study that shows whatever connection there may be between the tone and degree of mainstream news coverage and economic cycles. My guess is that newspapers, magazines and network TV news tend to be lagging indicators, that they are way behind by the time that they get around to emphasizing a story, both good and bad. All of which means that you can't use them to see the bottom of the cycle. By the time that they get around to reporting it, the recovery will be underway.

  • GS650G GS650G on Jun 30, 2008
    whatdoiknow1 Today the USA is deeply in debt, stuck in an unwinnable war, has a currency that has lost about a godd 20% of its value, has the highest prison population in the world that is costing us much $$$$$, has a broken healthcare system, subpar schools, a busted transportation infrastruture, a broken SS system, etc, etc, etc, etc! Having lived all over the world I can assure you we live in a better place than what you describe. Travel enough and you will see. Lighten up a bit.

  • AJ AJ on Jun 30, 2008
    Pch101 : The New York Times remains one of the best newspapers on the planet. For elitists with an agenda, it fits right in with the best of them.

  • Pch101 Pch101 on Jun 30, 2008
    For elitists with an agenda, it fits right in with the best of them. Honestly, these sorts of attacks on the NYT are cliched and hollow, and don't mean anything. Along with the Wall Street Journal, the NYT is the nation's paper of record, with some of the most thorough news coverage in the business. Among American newspapers, it is considered the gold standard. Those who want news to serve a right-wing agenda have plenty of choices, including Fox "News," the Moonie's Washington Times, and a variety of papers produced by Gannett, among others, as well as the aforementioned Wall Street Journal. Rejecting the NYT in a kneejerk fashion out of hand says more about the reader than it does about the paper.