Thursday, January 13, 2005

The New York Times Top 10 for 2004

Since I'm registered with the New York Times (required for internet access), they sent me an e-mail showing the 10 most viewed articles from 2004. Here they are:

1. Magazine: The Girls Next Door by Peter Landesman, published January 25, 2004

The sex-trafficking trade may begin in Eastern Europe and wend its way through Mexico, but it lands in the suburbs and cities of America, where perhaps tens of thousands are held captive and pimped out for forced sex.

2. Magazine: Without a Doubt by Ron Suskind, published October 17, 2004

What makes Bush's presidency so radical -- even to some Republicans -- is his preternatural, faith-infused certainty in uncertain times.

3. Friendly Fire: The Birth of an Anti-Kerry Ad by Kate Zernike and Jim Rutenberg, published August 20, 2004

An ad questioning John Kerry's war record sprang from an alliance between Texas Republicans and veterans angry about Mr. Kerry's criticism of the Vietnam War.

4. Movie Review 'Fahrenheit 9/11': Unruly Scorn Leaves Room for Restraint, but Not a Lot by A. O. Scott, published June 23, 2004

While Michael Moore's documentary about the Bush administration has been likened to an op-ed column, it might more accurately be said to resemble an editorial cartoon.

5. Frank Rich: On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide, published November 14, 2004

There's only one problem with the storyline proclaiming that the country swung to the right on cultural issues in 2004. It is fiction.

6. Iraq Videotape Shows the Decapitation of an American by Dexter Filkins, published May 12, 2004

The killers called the decapitation revenge for the American mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

7. How the White House Embraced Disputed Arms Intelligence by David Barstow, William J. Broad, and Jeff Gerth, published October 3, 2004

The Bush administration was made aware as early as 2001 that the aluminum tubes used as critical evidence against Iraq were most likely not for nuclear weapons.

8. Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq by James Glanz, William J. Broad, and David E. Sanger, published October 25, 2004

The Iraqi interim government has warned that nearly 380 tons of the world's most powerful conventional explosives are missing from a former military installation.

9. Editorial: John Kerry for President, published October 17, 2004

John Kerry has qualities that could be the basis for a great chief executive and we enthusiastically endorse him for president.

10. How Scientists and Victims Watched Helplessly by Andrew C. Revkin, published December 31, 2004

The magnitude of the tsunami that killed tens of thousands and remade the coasts of the Asian subcontinent was slowly gauged across the world.


Blogger Gindy said...

Great post. Was this top 10 assembled by you (Tom's top 10)?

11:39 AM, January 13, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

No, this came to me in an e-mail from the NYT. According to them, these are the most viewed stories on their website during 2004. I haven't read them all in detail yet, and I may post a comment here later.

11:49 AM, January 13, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

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4:13 PM, January 13, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Comments on the articles, referred to by the number of the article as listed in the original post:

1. This is appalling; it never ceases to amaze me how cruel human beings can be. There may be some question as to the accuracy of the details, based on the concluding editor's note.

2. An anti-Bush screed published a couple of weeks before the election, with an obvious purpose. Whatever one may think of Bush, he isn't the dumb, narrow-minded, incompetent, fundamentalist idiot portrayed in this article.

3. This is the Democratic Party's response to the Swift Boat veterans, written on behalf of Kerry.

4. Not a bad review of "Fahrenheit 911." Can't say much more because I haven't seen it.

5. Typical Frank Rich trantrum, including questionable interpretations of facts.

6. Not just a report on the beheading of an American. Repeatedly ties it to the Abu Ghraib business, which is the justification cited by the terrorists. Never once mentions that without Abu Ghraib, the terrorists would have given some other reason for murdering the American. A good example of what's wrong with the NYT.

7. I read this before. An extremely long recap of intelligence leading up to the Iraq war, with the expected anti-Bush slant. But some interesting facts.

8. This is the famous "missing explosives" story fired at Bush just before the election. Now discredited. Nothing more on it since the election, of course.

9. NYT editorial endorsing Kerry. Nothing unexpected. Sample quote:

There is no denying that this race is mainly about Mr. Bush's disastrous tenure. Nearly four years ago, after the Supreme Court awarded him the presidency, Mr. Bush came into office amid popular expectation that he would acknowledge his lack of a mandate by sticking close to the center. Instead, he turned the government over to the radical right.The Supreme Court didn't award Bush the presidency, of course. But that's the Democratic Party line, and they're sticking to it.

10. Good report, mostly straight news.

4:17 PM, January 13, 2005  
Blogger Peeyush said...

I liked your site, but for some reason I am not able to blogroll you.


6:11 PM, January 13, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Peeyush, I checked my code and it seems to be OK. I asked to check it also. Thanks for trying.

If anyone else has this problem, please let me know.


6:30 PM, January 13, 2005  
Blogger Junebugg said...

Excelent articles. I couldn't get your blogroll link to work, either. I'll try to do it manually.

9:08 AM, January 14, 2005  

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