What the New York Times knows about Norway

Both Gawker and the Atlantic have taken a bit of time to snark about the New York Times' coverage of Norway.

Just a week ago, the Gray Lady published a story rhapsodizing about Norway's fiscal responsibility. An oil exporter, Norway saved (saved!) its surpluses, giving it deep reserves today. And yesterday, it published a story explaining that Norway too has dipped into a recession. 

Gawker's headline: "Norway, which proved last week that socialism beats recessions, is now in a recession."

The Atlantic, piling on, with the subtle headline "The New York Times Knows a Lot about Norway": "Don't papers have an obligation to treat their subjects with consistency? I know a lot can change in week, but still!"

I get the tweaking; the NYT story was fairly fawning, and they might have waited for the latest numbers.

But still, the coverage seems fair. Norway's entered a far gentler recession far later than its peers. It still has a budget surplus -- meaning its stimulus spending isn't sending it into debt. Its unemployment numbers remain enviable. It's in a recession, but has avoided the wreckage of its peers.

So, go on, Norway. Sometimes least-bad is best. 

Photo: Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images


Live: Obama and Cheney speeches on terror policy

U.S. President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney are both giving national security speeches on Guantanamo Bay policy this morning -- Obama at 10:10 (he isn't on yet) and Cheney at 10:45. FP's Joshua Keating is at AEI to see Cheney, and he'll report back later today.

In the meantime, watch Obama streaming here and Cheney streaming here

Update: Here's the text of Obama's speech.

Tone-setting quote: 

On all of these matter related to the disclosure of sensitive information, I wish I could say that there is a simple formula. But there is not. These are tough calls involving competing concerns, and they require a surgical approach. But the common thread that runs through all of my decisions is simple: we will safeguard what we must to protect the American people, but we will also ensure the accountability and oversight that is the hallmark of our constitutional system. I will never hide the truth because it is uncomfortable. I will deal with Congress and the courts as co-equal branches of government. I will tell the American people what I know and don't know, and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why.

In all of the areas that I have discussed today, the policies that I have proposed represent a new direction from the last eight years. To protect the American people and our values, we have banned enhanced interrogation techniques. We are closing the prison at Guantanamo. We are reforming Military Commissions, and we will pursue a new legal regime to detain terrorists. We are declassifying more information and embracing more oversight of our actions, and narrowing our use of the State Secrets privilege. These are dramatic changes that will put our approach to national security on a surer, safer and more sustainable footing, and their implementation will take time.