Goodbye, NYT

You know, I don't think I've read a single Thomas Friedman column since the NYT's TimeSelect put it behind the paywall. I suspect that has led me to lead a healthier lifestyle, stopped my hairline from receding and increased my productivity by about 20%. Reading this Fisking of recent Friedman prose on the excellent Tabsir reminded me what I'm not missing. Over the recent weeks as I've practically given up on reading any of the New York Times because of how bad and biased their coverage of the war on Lebanon has been. (Just read the Angry Arab, who has been following it. I worry about his health.) My girlfriend just changed her homepage setting from the Times to the Post. I think now I will unsubscribe from their email alerts, and avoid reading it altogether. Apart from David Pogue's technology column, anyway. That's it: I will just think of NYT as a decent lifestyle publication, just ignore the news.

P.S. I heard they will be publishing a translation Bernard Henry-Levy's moronic article in Le Monde this weekend. Classic: they publish him when he's being saccharine about Israel even though they trashed him with glee for his book American Vertigo.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.