July 24, 2012 |
In the day since Emily Maynard and Jef Holm revealed their engagement to the world, the happy couple have been busy doing the media rounds to spread the news of their romantic bliss. On Tuesday morning, the pair jumped on a conference call with a handful of media outlets to talk about wedding plans and how in love they were. But I would not be part of this lobbing of softballs. When it came time for me to ask my first question, I asked about something that has been perplexing a number of us in "Bachelorette" Nation for months: Why wasn't the show forthright about Jef's Mormon background?
July 12, 2000 |
Russian authorities seized financial and personnel files from the offices of Media-Most, a media holding company whose owner's arrest last month prompted an international outcry and fears of a crackdown against press freedoms. Investigators also gathered documents from the NTV television network, one of Media-Most's outlets, and the Gazprom state gas monopoly, which owns part of NTV, news reports said. Media outlets owned by Vladimir A.
September 22, 2009
Re "Can you count the Capitol protesters?" Sept. 15 Your article's readiness to give validity to suspect sources for the high estimates is troubling. Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union and Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, the sponsoring groups, have an incentive to inflate the numbers. The consensus among local officials and media outlets is that the crowd was well under 100,000. Do estimates vary wildly? Sure. But someone who doesn't read the entire article will have the impression that the various estimates are all equally legitimate.
August 10, 2008
KATE AURTHUR'S piece on Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan ["It's Bigger Than Both of Them," July 20] was fantastic. What a great look about what media outlets are saying and not saying. That only so many people would go on record for your article only emphasized the peculiar nature of their relationship and how it is being covered. It's refreshing that a writer will go there. Kelechi Ubozoh Tarrytown, N.Y.
October 1, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is the model of a new kind of power-grabbing authoritarian. Gone is the preening, bullying fascist in a comical military costume, like Hitler or Mussolini. Mao's jacket and Fidel Castro's combat fatigues are out of fashion. Today, it is all business. Today, Stalin would be wearing Hugo Boss or Brooks Brothers, his mustache would be shaved off and he, like Yanukovych, would look like any chief executive flying business class. The pogrom and the putsch have given way to PR. Yanukovych has hired lobbyists and public relations teams to help him project a progressive image while he quietly squeezes the press and rejiggers election laws to guarantee his party permanent rule. An example of this is the Podesta Group's $200,000 contract with an entity called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
June 27, 1998
While your articles on the new Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach were interesting (Calendar Weekend, June 18), I am very angry at the lack of public transportation information. The article by Douglas P. Shuit ("Riding a New Wave") mentions the driving directions and reports a recent traffic jam on the 710 Freeway. Have any of you thought about why the freeways and streets are so congested? Perhaps if The Times and other media outlets offered transit information, more people would ride, and traffic would decrease!
January 30, 2013 |
Ancient manuscripts feared to have been burned as Islamic extremists fled Timbuktu, Mali, appear to have been largely spared, researchers with the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project said Wednesday, citing local sources familiar with the collections. Sources told the research team that some items had been damaged or stolen, but “there was no malicious destruction of any library or collection,” the University of Cape Town-based project said on its website . “The custodians of the libraries worked quietly throughout the rebel occupation of Timbuktu to ensure the safety of their materials.” Reports that the papers were torched spread quickly after the Timbuktu mayor told the Associated Press and other media outlets that the Ahmed Baba Institute had been burned.
March 13, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The embattled Syrian government took the unusual step Wednesday of denying reports that young men were being grabbed at checkpoints and drafted into the army as part of a new general call for military conscription. The official news service also dismissed suggestions that almost two years of fighting an internal rebellion had eroded the capabilities of Syria's once imposing military, which has suffered heavy casualties and mass desertions. The Syrian military is at its “highest levels of readiness and capability, and [is]