David Carr, Your Best Friend

There are hundreds and hundreds of people out there who believe that, secretly, they were David Carr's favorite. And maybe we all were. He had the rare emotional capacity to make each of us his favorite, one by one by one. » 2/13/15 11:07am 2/13/15 11:07am

David Carr, New York Times Columnist, Dead at 58

Veteran New York Times columnist, reporter, and author David Carr died in the paper's newsroom Thursday night. He was 58. » 2/12/15 11:24pm 2/12/15 11:24pm

Times Sending Knicks Beat Reporter Anywhere But Madison Square Garden

Being a sports reporter isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Fans think reporters have the ultimate dream job—"you get to watch sports all day long, man!"—so they have to pretend like they love every single second of it or get called jaded or ungrateful. And to be sure, most sports reporters (I think) do love… » 1/06/15 11:37pm 1/06/15 11:37pm

The New York Times Could Never Have Published TMZ’s Ray Rice Video

Over the past week, The New York Times has busied itself by dissecting TMZ’s graphic video of Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino. This is partly motivated by professional envy: Executive editor Dean Baquet told The Daily Beast that “TMZ had a great scoop. I wish I had it.” But it’s also… » 9/17/14 2:27pm 9/17/14 2:27pm

How Frequently Does The New York Times Use "Fart," "Poop," And "Butt"?

This here is a tool that looks up the frequency of words used in the New York Times, both in the percentage of and how many total articles the word appeared in. We put it to terrible use. » 7/24/14 11:34am 7/24/14 11:34am

Asshole Cannot Find Pen, Writes Entire NYT Trend Piece About It

Even by the standards of fake trend pieces in the The New York Times, today's column in about "The Demise of the Pen" in—where else?—the fashion and style section is exceptionally breathtaking in its presumptuousness. Join me now and marvel as writerer Nick Bilton turns a moment of sheer banality into a full-blown… » 7/24/14 10:09am 7/24/14 10:09am

That Cool NYT LeBron Cover Was (Sort Of) Inspired By Kanye And Kim

After LeBron James announced that he was returning to Cleveland, The New York Times ran one of the coolest covers we've ever seen on its Saturday sports section. It turns out that the idea behind the cover was indirectly inspired by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, because of course it was. » 7/15/14 1:07pm 7/15/14 1:07pm

The New York Times has a few cool comic book-like illustrations of crucial penalty matchups of World Cups past. Coupled with the illustrations is analysis from former USMNT keeper Kasey Keller. [NYT] » 6/30/14 4:14pm 6/30/14 4:14pm

What The "Palace Intrigue" Over Bud Selig's Successor Is Really About

If Bud Selig's commissionership were a heist movie, we'd now be at the part where the thieves were gathered in a dimly lit room to count out the loot, and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf would be the one with a gun in his hand, telling everyone to back away from the table slowly. » 5/23/14 4:07pm 5/23/14 4:07pm

The New York Times Turns Soccer Fandom Into A Trend

Goddammit. You just want to enjoy a perfectly fine sport, and here comes the Times' style section, bent on fetishizing pseudo-intellectual soccer fandom to the point where you're forced to reconsider your choice of fellow travelers. Read this and recoil. » 4/17/14 10:35am 4/17/14 10:35am

What The Fuck Does This Thomas Friedman Hockey Metaphor Mean?

Thought leader Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has written a column about the Ukraine crisis, in which he argues, well, who knows. A good quarter of it is just an extended excerpt from a 16-year-old interview with George Kennan, who didn't think that committing to wage nuclear war on behalf of Eastern European… » 4/09/14 4:47pm 4/09/14 4:47pm

Can Writing Be Assessed? A Five-Paragraph Essay

The New York Times had yet another of its delightful "Room for Debate" sessions, in which various experts throw quick-take opinions on a subject past one another. The subject: Was the College Board right to have decided to make the essay portion of future SAT tests optional? Or, more broadly, "Can Writing Be Assessed? » 3/11/14 2:26pm 3/11/14 2:26pm

​Relax, the United States Will Not Dismantle Our Perpetual War Machine

The front page of today's New York Times has astonishing news for a nation accustomed to life on an eternal war footing: Defense secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed shrinking the United States military to a size, as the subheadline puts it, "Equal to That of 1940." Online, where the subheads are more expansive, the… » 2/24/14 5:59pm 2/24/14 5:59pm

Sports Figures And Sports Books Are No Longer Notable

Grant Wahl noticed today that the New York Times found no nonfiction sports titles among its 100 notable books of the year ... for the third straight year. » 11/28/13 2:46pm 11/28/13 2:46pm

Mike Rice Is Trying To Become A Real Human Being

In The New York Times, our pal Jonathan Mahler has a great profile of disgraced ex-Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice. You probably remember Rice as the crazy guy in this video, the one firing basketballs at his players' heads and calling them faggots. Now, Rice is on the well-trod path that every disgraced public… » 11/08/13 12:19pm 11/08/13 12:19pm

Why Howard Beck Left The New York Times For Bleacher Report

"I understand the reactions," Howard Beck said over the phone, "because of where I have been working for the last nine years and because of where I'm going." » 9/19/13 2:38pm 9/19/13 2:38pm

Bleacher Report Poaches Howard Beck From The Times

Well, then. Six weeks after Bleacher Report poached Mike Freeman, Turner's flagship sports site has gone and hired New York Times basketball reporter Howard Beck. » 9/18/13 4:39pm 9/18/13 4:39pm

How An MMA Fighter Faked His Own Death

The Times has produced another intimidatingly pretty story this morning, in the "Snow Fall" vein. This one concerns a low-rent mixed martial arts fighter in Michigan, and unlike with "Snow Fall," you will actually read this and enjoy it immensely and not merely pretend to. » 9/18/13 10:03am 9/18/13 10:03am

How Jadeveon Clowney Became A Folk Hero

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney got The New York Times long-form treatment yesterday, with writer Greg Bishop hieing himself to Rock Hill, S.C., to get a snapshot of Clowney's upbringing. It's an important story, because it finally attaches a prologue to a figure whom most of the country first glimpsed… » 8/22/13 2:51pm 8/22/13 2:51pm

What Is Nate Silver's New ESPN Site Going To Look Like?

Nate Silver's ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight site is not going to be The Nate Silver Show + a few contributors. Silver's plan is to make it a Grantland II, of sorts. » 8/08/13 2:39pm 8/08/13 2:39pm