Maureen Dowd Misquotes Candidate's Wife to Make Her Sound Homophobic

Today, the New York Times ran an opinion piece by Maureen Dowd that quoted New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray as saying some kinda anti-lesbian stuff about candidate (and lesbian) Christine Quinn's ability to relate to other women. But it turns out that what Dowd said McCray said… » 8/21/13 4:30pm 8/21/13 4:30pm

New Dumb Theory: Huma Stays With Anthony Weiner Because Islam

There sure have been a lot of newly minted Islam experts popping up in the past week — and in the places you'd least expect them. Fox News, the woman at the New York Times whose classical Greek references have devolved from incisive to dodderingly inscrutable, and several typically myopic conservative news outlets… » 7/29/13 3:10pm 7/29/13 3:10pm

Jennifer Aniston Advised To Make Mad Dash For Brad Pitt’s Sperm

They've been divorced for longer than Justin Bieber has been alive (or so it seems) but the besmirched union of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt still has the ability to tickle us in that spot like no ruined marriage has been able to since. So of course when we hear a story about poor ol' "baby-mad" Jen being advised to… » 12/23/11 9:00am 12/23/11 9:00am

Enough With Samantha Power's Flowing Red Hair

Your average National Security Council Staffer probably does not attract the level of attention Samantha Power has. True, Power was already a star at her particular crossroads of human rights activism, journalism and academia, winning a Pulitzer long before she had a four-hour dinner with a young Senator named Barack… » 3/30/11 10:25am 3/30/11 10:25am

Maureen Dowd Is Trying Really Hard To Be Serious About Women's Rights In Saudi Arabia

It's rather unconvincing, from her wardrobe notes on Prince Saud al-Faisal to the usual campy rhetorical flourishes ("Wahhabism, anyone?"; the Prince "sounding like a Saudi Garbo"), substituting for analysis, to an underreported gloss over Israeli women's rights. Team Gail. [NYT] » 3/03/10 11:40am 3/03/10 11:40am