Fearless NY Times Writer Dares to Visit Post-Apocalypse Portland

In the wake of Oregon's economic collapse, it is easy to forget the real victims: New York Times travel freelancers. With the Oregon unemployment rate topping 12.1 percent, how will the stringers be able to justify their monthly comped trips to Portland? Who will punch their ticket to Hipster Adventureland now? But comes a savior: It's Matt Gross, one of the Grey Lady's "Frugal Travelers," pioneering ...   More
Monday, May 11, 2009 AARON MESH

What Would Tom McCall Say Now About Californians Coming to Oregon?

The late Tom McCall earned national notoriety when he was governor of Oregon in the 1970s by telling Californians and other non-Oregonians to visit, but don't stay. Well, here's a piece from the New York Times that asks whether Californians are to blame in part for Oregon's stratospheric unemployment rate of 12.4 percent. Too bad McCall isn't still around to have commented on the latest ...   More
Thursday, June 18, 2009 HANK STERN

Is This 1997? More Bill Clinton News

Former President Clinton certainly had a lot to say last night in his appearance at Netroots Nation. First, Clinton got into it with a blogger over his record on gay rights when he was president. And, according to The New York Times, the ex-president stood up for the healthcare provision backed by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) that would require Medicare reimbursement for voluntary end-of-life ...   More
Friday, August 14, 2009 HANK STERN

The New York Times Looks For Frustrated Liberals, Finds Earl Blumenauer

The New York Times featured a piece over the weekend on progressives forced to re-tool their policy hopes nearly one year into the Obama Administration. And the man chosen by the newspaper to talk through all that angst over Obama's actions on global warming, Afghanistan and health care? U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Blumenauer, who endorsed Obama early over Hillary Clinton in 2008, came ...   More
Monday, October 19, 2009 HANK STERN

NYT Splashes Big Ink on Recent Rogue of the Week

A couple of weeks ago, WW chose Michael Ruppert —an author and conspiracy theorist whose topic interests include "peak oil" and who really caused 911— Rogue of the Week. That honor stemmed from an Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries finding against Ruppert's company for Ruppert's alleged harrassment of a young female employee while he was living and working in Ashland. Ruppert's ...   More
Friday, November 6, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Lots of Portland in Sunday NYT Book Review

Two writers with Portland connections got early Christmas presents yesterday: coverage in the most coveted real estate in bookland, the New York Times Sunday book review. Oregonian scribe Peter Ames Carlin is no stranger to those pages, having previously landed there with a biography of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Yesterday, singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega spent a full page chewing over Carlin's ...   More
Monday, December 21, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Shocker: NYT Misses An Opportunity to Mention Portland

Over the past couple of years, The New York Times has missed few opportunities to display a fascination with all things Portland. There have been takes about the fact that people ride bikes here to the revelations that we also drink good beer and eat at food carts. So this Sunday NYT's story about the national trend of gay politicians winning higher offices even as voters reject gay rights ...   More
Monday, December 28, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. John McCain's Pork Detector Says Portland Project Is "Second Worst" of 100 Stimulus-Financed Efforts

The Sunday New York Times took a look at the proposed $133 million renovation in Portland of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt federal building downtown, Oregon's largest single federally-funded stimulus project. Plans for the building include 200-foot tall plant-covered "fins" meant to shade and cool the building. Critics, the Times reported, are not thrilled with the greener-than-green plans. "In ...   More
Monday, February 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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