hell -- but rather the surprising nosedive in basic quality. Take this ungrammatical nightmare of a sentence from Sunday's Times, pointed out to me yesterday (in Mexico!) by Ken Layne:
Webber has criminal case in which he has been charged with obstruct of justice and lying to a federal grand jury.
Pass the spleef, mon! Used to be you could read the Times and be sure, at the least, that A) there wouldn't be mistakes like this, B) they would go out of their way to avoid printing sentences, headlines or subheds that were provably untrue, and C) somebody's head would roll should A or B occur. I'm sure other people have spent the weekend gnashing through Paul Krugman's class-war cover story in the Sunday Magazine; I would just add, check out the story's deck headline:
How the permissive capitalism of the boom destroyed American equality
Destroyed? Regardless of the ideology behind it, I just don't remember such a looseness with the ol' assertions.

There's a chance that this might all turn out for the good, with a rejuvenated ownership adding some direction and zip to the old product. But on a pessimistic day like today, I rather doubt it.

Posted by at October 22, 2002 02:56 PM

Sunday's paper was over my limit of bombast, nonsense, and assumptions masquerading as fact, and I cancelled my subscription.

What I liked was that the Times customer service department promises to let the responsible parties know when something like this happens.

Felt good to give "Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman" as my reason for cancellation. Got a refund, too.

Posted by: Dennis Dort at October 22, 2002 03:13 PM

I couldn't agree more Matt. The appeal of reading the IHT was that it made expatriate readers feel as if they were getting the best news the US print media had to offer. The two big guns together, Post and Times, side by side, often tempering each other, always on the money.
The real value of the IHT is in that relationship.

Posted by: Scot Donaldson at October 24, 2002 09:24 AM
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