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Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America, by William McGowan (Encounter, 288 pp., $25.95)


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I’ve been blogging at my InstaPundit.com site for going on ten years, and — as with most bloggers of almost any political persuasion — one theme of my blogging has been the deteriorating quality of the New York Times’ news and editorial coverage, spiced occasionally with snarky comments on the deteriorating state of its finances.

A friend of mine who worked at the Times used to pepper me with angry e-mails about that blogging, but those petered out, and when I ran into him recently — now laid off — he remarked: “You know how bad you think management is at the Times? It’s ten times worse than you know.”


Contents
January 24, 2011    |     Volume LXIII, No. 1

Articles
  • Evicting the president in 2012 will not be easy.
  • Strategy and tactics for the new House majority.
  • Our economy and culture would benefit from its remembrance.
  • The Khodorkovsky trial exposes the ugly truth of Putin’s Russia.
  • In memoriam.
Features
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Glenn Harlan Reynolds reviews Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America, by William McGowan.
  • Claire Berlinski reviews The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance that Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East, by Mitchell Bard.
  • Helen Rittelmeyer reviews Pathology of the Elites: How the Arrogant Classes Plan to Run Your Life, by Michael Knox Beran.
  • Ryan T. Anderson reviews Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, by Annie Murphy Paul.
  • Ross Douthat reviews The King's Speech and True Grit.
  • John Derbyshire fills a hole.
Sections
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Editorial  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .