Media Blog

What credit crunch?

So these are the issues that readers of really serious newspapers care about… Each morning I get e-mailed various papers’ “most read” stories. And here are today’s “most read” stories from the websites of two of Britain’s most intellectual newspapers.
* The Guardian: Why does Hillary Clinton wear such bad clothes? (This story has been The Guardian’s “most read” story three days in succession now. For the record, I think Hillary has been dressing rather stylishly lately.)
* The Daily Telegraph: Heather Mills torn to shreds by Sir Paul McCartney divorce judge. Followed by: Heather Mills is only fooling herself.
* And The Times of London (business section!) provides us with “before” and “after” photos of Sir Paul’s lawyer after the former Lady McCartney threw a glass of water over her head in court yesterday:

(Above, left: Sir Pauls lawyer as she goes into court; and, right, as she
leaves court after Sir Paul’s ex throws water over her in front of the judge.)

One can only feel for the small child the couple share. Her childhood is likely to be a “long and winding road” where she might be singing “Can’t buy me love” with rather more sadness than her father did.
At least Guardian readers don’t appear to be taking too much interest in the yet more phony statistics about the Iraq war dead that The Guardian is highlighting today (also linked to in a big red box at the top of the paper’s home page).
(Of course, the serious British papers are no match for The New York Post, one of whose headlines yesterday was: Love Gov’s boy toy bares three-ways with wife.)

Tom Gross — Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

Most Popular

Sports

Hurray for the NBA

Last month, just before the Final Four, I did a Q&A on college basketball with our Theodore Kupfer. Teddy K. is back, by popular demand, joined by two other experts: Vivek Dave, an old friend of mine from Michigan, who has long lived in Chicago, and David French, National Review’s Kentucky Kid, now ... Read More
Economy & Business

Trade Misunderstandings

I was distracted by other policy topics last week but not enough not to notice Peter Navarro’s article in the Wall Street Journal, headlined “China’s Faux Comparative Advantage.” Considering Navarro’s position in the White House, it is unfortunate that it demonstrates some serious misunderstandings ... Read More
Culture

Monday Links

A Supercut of Epic Movie Explosions. Can You Solve These 10 Medieval Riddles? The cost to make a Margherita pizza: $1.77. How much restaurants charge on average for a pizza: $12. The actual costs of restaurant foods. Vintage animation lessons -- how to make things cute. London's "Great ... Read More
World

On Trade, No One Is Waiting for Washington

President Donald Trump’s flips and flops on trade are now as ubiquitous as his 5:00 a.m. tweets. Many predicted that trade-expansion efforts would come to a standstill and world commerce would suffer amidst all the uncertainty. Instead, the precise opposite has happened. In the last few months, it’s become ... Read More
National Security & Defense

Trump’s Syria Quandary

President Trump raised eyebrows recently when he ended a tweet lauding the airstrikes he’d ordered against chemical-weapons facilities in Syria with the words “mission accomplished.” The phrase, of course, became infamous in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, when President Bush used it in a speech ... Read More