The Thursday wrap
The Times in play? The Old Gray Lady — The New York Times — may be “in play,” as in ripe for taking away from the Sulzberger family. As the New York Post tells it: “Billionaire insurance titan Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg has begun buying huge blocks of New York Times stock to break the Sulzberger family’s stranglehold on the media empire.” Mr. Greenberg is said to believe The Times’ stock is undervalued. Given the scandals that have plagued The Times, is it any wonder?
The queen’s English: Agence France Presse is reporting that a University of Munich researcher has concluded Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s once Upper Received dialect had evolved into a “less plummy” Standard Received. A professor studied the queen’s annual Christmas broadcasts dating to 1952. The study was reported in the Journal of Phonetics. All’s well and good, we guess. But a French wire service reporting on a German university study of the queen’s devolving English strikes us as just a bit snarly.
Embracing the truth: In a spate of incredibly good judgment, the National Science Teachers Association has rejected an offer of 50,000 free copies of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” And with good reason: The film is pure propaganda.