Source: Focus Information Agency Washington/Seoul. The past few days have been a roller-coaster ride for President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. On Thursday, the United States secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, announced that he would travel to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, this coming week, raising hopes that the trip would make progress in talks over denuclearizing the North and provide the rationale for Mr. Moon to advance inter-Korean relations. Those hopes were quickly dashed barely a day later, however, when President Trump abruptly canceled Mr. Pompeo’s trip. To many South Koreans, the zigzag was another sign of Washington’s poor coordination in its North Korea policy, and it left Mr. Moon with a difficult choice, The New York Times writes. If Mr. Moon ignores Mr. Trump’s unhappiness with North Korea and pushes ahead with his plan to open South Korea’s first liaison office in the North as early as this coming week — as well as meeting … [Read more...] about The New York Times: Trump’s Cancellation of Pompeo Trip Dashes Hopes in South Korea
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Journalism is (mostly) fun to do. But it’s never been that much fun to watch, even in the days before it became so desk-bound – which is why movies about it always come with unlikely scenes in which nervous hacks meet shifty contacts on park benches. I began my working life in a fractious and slightly terrifying pre-internet newsroom, where the phones rang all day long and people still smoked at their desks, and honestly, hours could go by without anyone so much as shouting. Most days, the best you could hope for was that the editor would be moved to run, rather than to walk, in the direction of the back bench, page proof in hand. No doubt some people will find Liz Garbus’s four-part documentary series about the New York Times and its efforts to report on Donald Trump quite exciting (9pm, 24 June). But I could not love newspapers more if I tried, and it struck me only as mildly interesting. It’s not just that it’s hard to thrill to the sight of a headline … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight I love newspapers: so why was I bored by Inside the New York Times: the Fourth Estate?
James Walton 30 June 2018 9:00 AM 30 June 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Back when his country was controlled by the USSR, the Czech writer Milan Kundera pointed out that ‘Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’ was ‘four words, four lies’. It’s a strike rate that even the current US president has yet to match. Nonetheless, at one stage in Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate (BBC2, Sunday) we did see him pull off an impressive three-sentences, three-lies sequence in a speech about — inevitably — the mainstream media, including the New York Times. ‘They have no “sources”,’ said Trump baldly. ‘They just make ’em up. They are the enemy of the people.’ Not that Trump will care, but by then we already knew how scrupulously the paper in question goes about its reporting. The New York Times has given the makers of this new documentary … [Read more...] about Fury and excitement – how the journalists at the New York Times have coped with Trump
Last weekend I was cycling in the New Forest. Despite a weather forecast predicting thunder and rain storms from dawn until dusk, the weather was in fact blisteringly hot from the moment we stepped off the train. I confess I was not dressed appropriately. A combination of faffing to leave the house with an infant and a general lack of interest in cycling meant that I sported chinos where lycra shorts should have been. Despite my sartorial clanger, the expedition was a delight. After a modest nine-mile ride (which feels like 18 miles with a one-year-old in the back seat and an overloaded baby-changing bag slung over your shoulder) I was keen for a pint and something to read. Perhaps surprised to see it on the shelf of a Brockenhurst news agent, I grabbed a copy of the New York Times. As soon as I sat down with a cold beer I came to regret my choice of reading material. Read more: Trump bump? "Failing" New York Times reports record subscriber growth God, it was dull. Admittedly, it was … [Read more...] about Editor’s Notes: The New York Times sucked the fun out of my bank holiday break, Hammond’s upcoming nod to free-market economics and Pret’s tasty news
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday took direct aim at The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman over her report on Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen and said he doesn't Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates his business dealings. According to Haberman's story, titled, "Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump. Maybe Not Anymore,", Trump treated Cohen "like garbage" over the years, "with gratuitous insults, dismissive statements and, at least twice, threats of being fired, according to interviews with a half-dozen people familiar with their relationship." Trump responded to the article angrily, in a series of tweets, and accused The New York Times and Haberman of "going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip'" — a term that can mean cooperating with the government in exchange for leniency. "Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble," even if "it means lying or … [Read more...] about Trump attacks The New York Times reporter Haberman over Cohen report