MILLER’S MISPLACED CRUSADE
This is just a comment to Robert Scheer about “A Misguided Crusade” [Oct. 18]. I tend to think that journalistic standards are low at the New York Times across the board. There are constant more or less severe distortions of the truth going on. Things are made to seem more sensational or less sensational (as is the case with news on the environment) than they ought to be. Sources are misquoted or misrepresented in a really disconcerting fashion. The results of research are stretched to fit the premises of articles.
Perhaps the publisher protected Judith Miller, but there is clearly a climate at this paper that fosters lies and deceptions.
Santa Monica, Ca.
Regarding “A Constitutional Disaster” [Oct. 21]: It is time to stop being so gentle with the Democratic Party.
The Nation is an enabler just as the New York Times enabled the Iraq War with “journalists” such as Judith Miller. The reality is that the Democrats must fully share the blame with the Republicans for the state of this country.
It is no use saying, as The Nation has said, that perhaps the party could be stronger. It is not even enough to say they are weak in the knees. That doesn’t do it. At every stage– the confirmation of John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court, the pro-NRA bill, the Patriot Act reauthorization bill, the war…on everything, enough Dems have voted with the Republicans that it makes a mockery of this latest nonsense: Maybe the Dems can gain control of one or both houses in 2006. To what end?
The article mentions how horrid it will be that the “new” Patriot Act will erode legislative power and shift more power to the executive branch. Gee, that would be a switch, wouldn’t it? Yet who the hell has conspired every step of the way in the shift? Get real. You continue to take the knee-jerk Nation line on every issue (regular readers and editors will know what I mean), and it has become as predictable, trite and boring as a George Will column. Take the damn gloves off.
RON Di COSTANZO
GOODBYE, MR. GOODWRENCH
“Goodbye, Mr. Goodwrench” [Oct. 14] hit me particularly hard because I am an autoworker. You said that our managers have been out-thought and out- maneuvered. Never mind the fact that they all went to school here.
Forget the fact that one foreign company just got dragged into a legal mess for hiding their safety concerns for thirty-plus years. Leave out the fact that the Japanese are, relatively speaking, infants or teenagers at best in the auto industry. The very real facts are that through strong UAW contracts the American autoworker has enjoyed the highest standard of living in the world for blue collar workers. Our families have health care. Our children have new roofs over their heads and they generally all wind up in college or become some productive part of society. The costs for these fantastic accomplishments are factored into the costs of all American-made vehicles.