A journalist I know tells me that she is now (a little nervous about the word) jumping to a much more powerful outlet in what may be a sign of things to come at the Times. She has moved to the editorial side of the Times where she will cover Chicago politics and immigration issues.
Being a writer for the New York Times and a political reporter is now a pretty full-time job, like a columnist. The front page at any given time is full of the stories of politicians trying to get elected, people like Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner. The women who manage to run for office and become a bit of a household name can change the fortunes of an entire region, or a party.
The NY Times has largely tried to stay out of the third party or independent political fray, which has been pretty good. The willingness to admit a fact like Mariela Castro, the daughter of a communist dictator who ran in the gubernatorial race in Florida several years ago, was pretty rare in the paper. In a recent op-ed, the New York Times sounded pretty liberal by me. Being a left wing Democrat myself, I appreciate the point that Cuba does not actually have democracy, but isn’t quite as concerned about the democratic deficiencies in Venezuela.
Not all American journalism has done much better, so it can only help that New York Times has a lot of things right, including immigration and immigration legislation.
Tara Palmeri is a contributor to Fox News Channel (FNC). She joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.