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September 08, 2006


I understood that Lamont's remarks were ones the NYT staff egged out of him at a private (on-the-record) dinner and that he left the dinner early just after saying them, implying he may or may not have intended them to make headlines but either way it's not exactly part of his stump speech yet.

Another interesting Times piece on how much the public trusts information coming from various gov't sources here (click "public confidence in us gov't" under "multimedia"). Upshot is that more than half the respondants said they DO NOT have confidence in Michael Chertoff, although 60% said they did trust information coming out of Dept. Homeland Security. I guess the office is bigger than the man.

Also noted that a polling firm used by Bush and Lieberman is in trouble for just making shit up:

The owner of DataUSA Inc., a Guilford company that conducted political polls for the campaigns of President Bush, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and other candidates, has pleaded guilty to fraud for making up survey and poll results.... According to a federal indictment, Ms. Costin told employees to alter poll data, and managers at the company told employees to “talk to cats and dogs” when instructing them to fabricate the surveys.

so the NY Times violates their promise of "off the record" confidentiality

is there any other journalist's values left for the NY Times to trample before our very eyes ???

the paper of record has turned into a street walking whore

what I was referring to was on on-the-record dinner arranged by Lamont's staff, with Lamont & a group of reporters & editors from the Times... (I just meant that "working it into his political rhetoric" sounds like he is making it part of his speechifying, when the impression I got was that he was being more coy about it) -- did you misread me or were you talking about something else?

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