Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Is Mark Thompson the Right Man for the Job? - NYTimes.com

I think the whole matter can be addressed best by a forum in which THOMPSON agrees to answer questions of all kinds from Times employees and customers (readers, online customers, customers of other products and services) about all aspects of this. If he has solid answers for why he shouldn't have known more about this while at the BBC, he can sail confidently into the office at the NYT Co. with his name on it. If not, ...... It's a risk.....worth taking.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"With Arrest, Sexual Abuse Case Tied To Late BBC Host Widens" - NYTimes.com

The New York Times Company, of course, can hire anyone it chooses to be its CEO. But if it were my decision to make, I would insist on a public explanation - and discussion - with Mr. THOMPSON on the point raised in this article, and whether that is his management style - the one he plans to bring to New York?

 "“The big failing internally, and this is where Mark comes into the picture, is the deliberate incuriosity of the senior executives,” said Mr. Elstein, who formerly worked at the BBC. “There is a culture of avoiding knowledge so as to evade responsibility.”"

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"The Company Romney Keeps" - NYTimes.com

I agree completely about SUNUNU and I also think there is a lot more "company" worth careful review.

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Sununu Suggests Powell's Endorsement of Obama Was Based on Race" - NYTimes.com

SUNUNU, charitably, is not a nice person. I think that says it all.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blogger Facing Sanction Quits Mormon Church - NYTimes.com

I still believe that we do not want the White House all tangled up in this stuff. Let the Mormons be Mormons, but not on watch at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

"A Landslide for Obama (If the World Got to Vote)" - NYTimes.com

It sure makes one stop and think why the world thinks the way it does and the US seems to have so many who feel otherwise.

British Lawmakers Question Ex-BBC Chief’s Role - NYTimes.com

This still does not address what he "should" have known. It is hard to imagine an engaged chief executive of anything being able to successfully use the defense of "I did not know" when the matters at issue are so serious. Why didn't he know? What does it tell us about his management? What might it predict about how he would run the NYT Company?

Remind me again why it is that we cannot submit comments, for posting, on a story like this?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Prosecutors to Review Cases in BBC Abuse Scandal From 2009 - NYTimes.com

This is the subject that Mr. THOMPSON needs to address forthrightly “It seems to me a much more serious scandal is whether for something like 20 years one of Britain’s best-known personalities was able to get away with serial child abuse. That would be historically shocking.” - from the linked story.

Mark Thompson Says He Did Not Block BBC Savile Program - NYTimes.com

But the point is really whether Mr. THOMPSON knew or should have known about the allegations while he headed the BBC. Simply not knowing is not a good enough response, if it is true.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

hankTimes Must Aggressively Cover Mark Thompson's Role in BBC's Troubles | The Public Editor - NYTimes.com

Bravo! Thank goodness someone has spoken up clearly on this!

"BBC Episode Examines Its Own Sex Scandal" - NYTimes.com

I think the NYT Co. has a lot of quesitoning it needs to do of Mr. THOMPSON before he takes over. And most of that should be done in public!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Elections USA 2012 : Le 20h avant l'heure : les années françaises de Mitt Romney - Monde - TF1 News

Why was this left to be a French story only? Where is the kind of shoe-leather reporting by US reporters that you can see here from France's largest private TV channel's main news report this evening?

The Undisclosed Mitt Romney - NYTimes.com

I honestly don't care what we know or don't know about Mitt ROMNEY. What I do care about is whether his presidency would wind up being hiddne in the same manner, and I think there is a very good chance of that happening. For that reason, alone, I simply don't want him to be our President.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

"The Least Popular Campaign Subject (Gun Control!)" - NYTimes.com

One thing in this abysmal picture seems clear to me. If ROMNEY is elected, we will see zero new restrictions on guns of any kind. If President OBAMA returns, I can only hope he will do the right thing in his second term. It's our only chance.

"Allegations of Abuse Against Jimmy Savile Multiply" - NYTimes.com

I am quite troubled by Mark THOMPSON's quote in the Times that he was unaware that this might be happening. It was his job as head of the BBC to know this and that's what he should have said. And he should have apologized for not doing his job well. What will he not "know about" at the NYT Co and therefore have no responsibility? He is not exhibiting the courage and sense of responsibility that I continue to associate with the NYT Co.

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Recycling Helps, but It’s Not All You Do for the Environment" - NYTimes.com

"Gun Control Goes Ignored in the Campaign" - NYTimes.com

I cannot overstate my disappointment in the President on this one. And ROMNEY is simply appalling. The fact that he is so bad does not make OBAMA look better than he is on this issue. He is bad and ROMNEY is so much worse.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Mormons and Scouts Act as Partners in Molding Boys" - NYTimes.com

I remain extremely uncomfortable with the idea of any Mormon as the US President. Mormons are entitled to think whatever they like, and practice their religion without restriction, but I cannot separate all of that from the woman or man in the White House. More important, I don't think a Mormom President can either.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Pakistan Erupts in Anger Over Taliban’s Shooting of Malala Yousafzai" - NYTimes.com

Why do we need this tragedy to stand up, together, for the rights of all women, all children, all people -- equal rights everywhere?

"What I Brought Home - Interactive" - NYTimes.com

Ah, the collection.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Malinea Conseil : Malinea

This woman was quite impressive here today http://jt.france3.fr/1213/ Catherine BARBA.'

Malinea Conseil : Malinea

This woman was quite impressive here today http://jt.france3.fr/1213/ Catherine BARBA.'

"2020 : la fin du e-commerce… ou l’avènement du commerce connecté ?" - FEVAD

This was part of the Decathlon piece here today http://jt.france3.fr/1213/

E-réserv@tion - Decathlon.fr - Achat facile

Interesting piece about the evolution of this store into a part web part bricks and mortar success - today on this program http://jt.france3.fr/1213/

Monday, October 08, 2012

"The Cacophony of Money" - NYTimes.com

I think this is a lot more complicated than the Times presents it to be. How can we square the fact that it usually costs money for most people to speak loudly and our commitment to speech freedom. Just because someone can spend the money and speak more loudly, while others cannot, does that make her/his speech more in need of restriction than the speech of someone with no money at all? By that logic, it may be that especially creative protesters need some extra restraint as well, lest their point of view wind up reaching more people because of their ingenuity? I am presenting that as an extreme, and only to make the point that the real truth lies somewhere between covert political contributions and kneejerk negativism about the Citizens United US Superme Court decision.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

"Can I Phone a Friend?" - NYTimes.com

The President will surely take this all on board, and we'll all get to decide in coming weeks whether he has proven himself, or not. So far.....?

Saturday, October 06, 2012

"Romney's Threat to Big Bird Sows Confusion Abroad, and Feeds It at Home" - NYTimes.com

It continues to be as scary as it can be to realize that the voters likely to decide on our next President are do ill-informed and seemingly incapable of fixing that.

"Don’t Mess With Big Bird" - NYTimes.com

Count me in with Big Bird, too!

The Times Pays Tribute to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

"James Gordon Bennett Jr., a Master of Time Zones" - NYTimes.com

Nice piece. What I like best about BENNETT is his wise choice of Beaulieu sur/Mer as the place to live for a substantial portion of the time he was running the Paris Herald.

Monday, October 01, 2012

"Remembering Punch Sulzberger" - NYTimes.com

"Punch Sulzberger and His Times" - NYTimes.com

I cannot adequately express my feelings yet about the loss of a great man, and a great friend.