11:25 AM, Oct 6, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Joe Biden was the source for an August New York Times column that documented the vice president's son's deathbed plea that Biden run for president. Politico reports:
Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August.
Aug. 1, to be exact — the day renowned Hillary Clinton-critic Maureen Dowd published a column that marked a turning point in the presidential speculation.
According to multiple sources, it was Biden himself who talked to her, painting a tragic portrait of a dying son, Beau’s face partially paralyzed, sitting his father down and trying to make him promise to run for president because "the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.”
When Dowd's column initially ran, Bill Kristol speculated that Biden was the source:
Ask this question: Who gave Maureen Dowd the details of the conversations between Joe Biden and his sons? The details are, after all, pretty ... detailed: There are direct quotations from Beau, Hunter, and Joe; a sentence capturing the thought process of Joe; a brief description of Beau's physical state. It's great reporting, and it's a story well-told; but we can ask, how did Maureen Dowd know this? Who was willing and able to give her this level of detail?
Surely not a political aide or associate. Surely not a normal family friend. Perhaps there's a very close family friend or two in whom Joe Biden (or Jill, or Hunter) would have confided these conversations—but surely such a friend wouldn't have spoken to Maureen Dowd without Joe Biden's okay.
So Joe Biden may have authorized a friend to speak to Maureen Dowd. Or Joe Biden may have spoken to her himself. Or perhaps Jill or Hunter Biden spoke with her. Who knows the details and circumstances? One can easily imagine, for example, one of the Bidens telling a sympathetic Dowd the story, off-the-record, of their beloved son and brother's last wishes—and then, a few weeks later perhaps, yielding to Dowd's request that she be able to report at least some of what she was told in print.
Let me be clear: I'm not criticizing either the Bidens or Dowd. I'm simply pointing out that when you think about who could be the source of Dowd's extraordinary account—you'd have to be crazy to think Joe Biden isn't awfully serious about running for president.
Biden, who is still considering a run for president, will not attend next week's Democratic primary debate.
Sep 28, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 03 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Sticklers will be relieved to know that the New York Times wasted no time in repudiating a gross error that appeared in its pages on September 12. A reporter described the “gaudy décor” at the Beverly Hills Diner, a restaurant in Moscow, as including “human-size figures of Porky the Pig and Marilyn Monroe.”
You see the problem, right? No? Well, here is the next day’s correction: “An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a cartoon character. He is Porky Pig, not Porky the Pig.”
Sep 21, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 02 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"When I make a mistake,” said Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York, “it’s a beaut.”
As a longtime fan of the New York Times’s Corrections column, The Scrapbook can attest that the Times, like any human institution, makes its share of mistakes—some of which are beauts, by any measure. But the error uncovered in the August 23 edition of the New York Times Book Review goes well beyond mere beaut status and rates some category of its own.
Sep 21, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 02 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Hillary Clinton is slipping in the polls and at the mercy of her growing email scandal. Fortunately for her, the Clintons’ ever-loyal squadron of flying monkeys is spoiling to fight anyone who dares to criticize her. Politico last week revealed that David Brock has written a book attacking the New York Times for (can you believe it?) its unfair coverage of the Clintons.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:10 PM, Sep 8, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Hillary Clinton's bad weekend and the Iran deal.
2:14 PM, Sep 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ever since the start of the campaign, Hillary Clinton boosters have been complaining about coverage of their candidate in the New York Times. And today the paper announced that Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan is being demoted -- or shifting roles! -- at the paper.
Gleanings and observations.9:12 AM, Aug 26, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
We can always count on the New York Times to remind us how complete has been conservatives’ loss in the culture wars. Elisabetta Povoledo reports from Venice that Mayor Luigi Brugnaro had to retreat from his proposed ban on books headed for the magical city’s preschool library about (1) a male dog that aspired to be a ballerina; (2) a little boy who wanted to be a princess; (3) a penguin egg hatched and adopted by two male penguins.
8:08 AM, Aug 13, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Vice President Joe Biden is hearing from friends and political allies that he should get in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Aug 17, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 46 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The New York Times may still be known as the “paper of record,” but the paper’s unresponsiveness in correcting the record is not something that is going to burnish its reputation. On July 20, the Times published a story about the first of a recent spate of undercover videos showing affiliates of abortion provider Planned Parenthood unethically and possibly illegally negotiating the sale of fetal parts to medical researchers. The videos are produced by a pro-life activist group, the Center for Medical Progress.
2:14 PM, Aug 3, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The New York Times recently reported -- wrongly, as it turns out -- that Hillary Clinton was the subject of a "criminal" investigation for conducting official State Department business on her private email system.