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How the press gets it wrong
Excerpt: Week in Review > The Public Editor: Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or Mass Distraction?" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/30/weekinreview/30bott.html?hp">The New York Times > Week in Review > The Public Editor: Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or Mass Distraction? This leangthy article from the NYT...
Posted on May 30, 2004 11:14 AM Comments: 0
Sounding super sensible
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Tilting the Playing Field" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/30/opinion/30FRIE.html?hp">The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Tilting the Playing Field Feldman is making awfully good sense here - without ranting in either direction. Here's his conclusion - but...
Posted on May 30, 2004 03:09 AM Comments: 0
The startling words of Gore
Excerpt: Talk about not pulling punches - Al Gore , the man the majority of Americans elected President in 2000, said it all, said it with clarity and said it with passionate conviction. The press, as usual, heard only a small...
Posted on May 29, 2004 10:50 AM Comments: 0
The startling words of Gore - part 2
Excerpt: The startling words of Gore - part 1 The startling words of Gore - Part 2 The startling words of Gore - part 3 Part 2 - Al Gore's speech delivered at New York University, May 26, 2004. In...
Posted on May 29, 2004 10:48 AM Comments: 0
The startling words of Gore - part 3
Excerpt: The startling words of Gore - part 1 The startling words of Gore - Part 2 The startling words of Gore - part 3 (Al Gore speaking at New York University, May 26,2004, continued.) We desperately need a national...
Posted on May 29, 2004 10:39 AM Comments: 0
The Bush Illusion of Policy
Excerpt: Politicizing the War Jonathan Schell has written an interesting essay that was published in The Nation. Unfortunately, that piece is not currently available at the online version of The Nation. However, Tom Engelhardt has obtained permission and posted it on...
Posted on May 28, 2004 02:33 PM Comments: 0
And our friends in Australia say
Excerpt: Appetite for deception seems to go on and on - Letters - www.smh.com.au Dom pointed me to this sampling of recent public opinion in Sydney. One of the letters I liked the best was this one: When the Germans rolled...
Posted on May 28, 2004 04:53 AM Comments: 0
Al Gore's Remarkable Remarks
Excerpt: Thunder Rumbled Overhead @ NYU While the printed word does not capture the fire and passion attributed to Gore in this New York University speech yesterday, it does give me a sense of what a "stem-winder" it must have been...
Posted on May 27, 2004 09:14 AM Comments: 0
W. Gored, Kerry Quiet, and French fried presidnt - Dowd has it all
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Marquis de Bush?" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/27/opinion/27DOWD.html?hp">The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Marquis de Bush? I don't know if Maureen Dowd says anything here, but if you don't like Bush, Kerry is making you more...
Posted on May 27, 2004 04:14 AM Comments: 0
The NYT blew it and they admit it
Excerpt: Mini Culpa - The New York Times finally concedes its WMD errors. By Jack Shafer Fascinating. Slate's Jack Shafer kind of damns with faint praise here, but the bottom line is the NYT - which I still think is a...
Posted on May 26, 2004 07:27 PM Comments: 0
Wake-up call . . .
Excerpt: Washington > Abuse of Captives More Widespread, Says Army Survey" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/26/politics/26ABUS.html?hp">The New York Times > Washington > Abuse of Captives More Widespread, Says Army Survey The essense of this story is in the first paragraph: An Army summary of...
Posted on May 26, 2004 03:39 AM Comments: 0
Andy Rooney isn't laughing
Excerpt: Our Darkest Days Are Here This commentary from Andy Rooney doesn't pull any punches. I'm not sure I agree with all of it - but as I recall, I'm pretty sure he's a WWII veteran. I've heard others say that...
Posted on May 25, 2004 12:42 PM Comments: 0
Eh... read the text
Excerpt: I know it may be painful for some, but I suggest you read the text of what Bush has to say - not because it is so good, but because the three news stories I have read so far all...
Posted on May 25, 2004 07:18 AM Comments: 0
So we were the pivot point in the axis of evil?
Excerpt: New York City - World News Here's how this story begins: WASHINGTON -- The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that a U.S.-funded arm of Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress has been used for years by Iranian intelligence to pass disinformation...
Posted on May 22, 2004 01:00 PM Comments: 0
Sounds like My Lai . . . but is it?
Excerpt: 'US Soldiers Started to Shoot Us, One by One' What happenned in Mukaradeeb? One thing both sides agree on - about 40 Iraqis are dead. There appears to have been no American casualties. What we don't know - was thiis...
Posted on May 22, 2004 04:33 AM Comments: 0
Michael Berg's View
Excerpt: George Bush never looked into Nick's eyes A powerful piece by the father of Nick Berg. There are three statements that captured my attention and then my feeling. Even more than the murderers who took my son's life, I condemn...
Posted on May 21, 2004 06:03 PM Comments: 3
Oh crap, I surrender!
Excerpt: New Details of Prison Abuse Emerge (washingtonpost.com) I have said that killing innocent people is worse than abusing prisoners. I still believe that - but these latest pictures in the Washington Post had me banging the walls with my fist...
Posted on May 21, 2004 11:35 AM Comments: 0
Real war, real films, unreal press
Excerpt: Arts > Television > Critic's Notebook: The War's Dark Side: Filling in the Blanks" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/21/arts/television/21NOTE.html?pagewanted=1">The New York Times > Arts > Television > Critic's Notebook: The War's Dark Side: Filling in the Blanks This is a fascinating look at...
Posted on May 21, 2004 07:07 AM Comments: 0
Real war, real truth, real horror. real dishonor
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: 'Gooks' to 'Hajis'" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/21/opinion/21HERB.html?hp">The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: 'Gooks' to 'Hajis' WHile the prison abuses remain spectacular they are also distracting us from taking a look at the real abuse going...
Posted on May 21, 2004 06:42 AM Comments: 0
Got Him!! A Rabbit in the Headlights on 9/11?!
Excerpt: 10 REASONS BUSH WANTS TO BAN MOORE FILM Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 received the longest standing ovation in the history of the Cannes Film Festival but Disney won't distribute it in the US since they fear it might affect the...
Posted on May 20, 2004 05:55 PM Comments: 1
A President Unique -- in His Failures
Excerpt: Historians vs. George W. Bush This contribution from the History News Network opens: Although his approval ratings have slipped somewhat in recent weeks, President George W. Bush still enjoys the overall support of nearly half of the American people. He...
Posted on May 20, 2004 04:09 PM Comments: 0
get off your tail . . . make your voice heard
Excerpt: Protest Bush Administration's Misuse of Science Petition This is a fascinating idea on two levels: 1. The link above takes you to a petition supporting scientists who are sick of letting politics trump good science, a habit of the itty-bitty...
Posted on May 20, 2004 03:26 AM Comments: 0
Prison abuse: Here's what gets my goat.
Excerpt: BostonHerald.com - International News: Officials say American aircraft kill more than 40 at wedding party So this is the second time we have killed women, children, and men at a wedding party. Isn't killing children - any civilians - just...
Posted on May 19, 2004 03:33 PM Comments: 0
How Bush beats the campaign finance laws
Excerpt: Pioneers Fill War Chest, Then Capitalize (washingtonpost.com) As everyone knows, Bush has raised tons of money. The Washington Post has found out how - and it's simple and , of course, shred the spirit of the campaign finance law. All...
Posted on May 19, 2004 03:23 PM Comments: 0
Once more, I am out of sync . . .
Excerpt: Top News Article | Reuters.com Ok, the headline says he got a one-year jail term "for Prsioner Abuse." Why do I think that should read: "for Bush re-election." or "for saving American face?" I mean, this is the fall guy's...
Posted on May 19, 2004 11:24 AM Comments: 0
It's war . . . it' a plan . . . it's. . .a mess
Excerpt: Top News Article | Reuters.com What the hell do you make of this mess? This article talks about the abuse - sickeningly believable - of three employees of Reuters taken in custody for three days by US forces. Read it....
Posted on May 18, 2004 02:51 PM Comments: 0
The great uniter does it again
Excerpt: United Press International: Army, CIA want torture truths exposed First, I was really surprised to see this coming out of United Press International - not what i consider a liberal source, but a neutral one. Essentially it tells a story...
Posted on May 18, 2004 11:35 AM Comments: 0
Into the Sunset!
Excerpt: Should cowboy Bush ride into the sunset? A brief item in USATODAY by its founder, Al Neuharth, provides one of the most succinct analysis of why Dubya needs to emulate the last Texan in the White House. Journalism's five W's...
Posted on May 16, 2004 01:53 PM Comments: 1
On Wooden Horses and Wooden Heads
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: The Springs of Fate" href="http://www.NYTimes.com/2004/05/16/opinion/16DOWD.html?hp">The New York Times > Opinion > The Springs of Fate Maureen Dowd has done it again. This time linking the Bush adventures and those of the Trojans. The release of...
Posted on May 16, 2004 10:05 AM Comments: 1
Post has it right, but . . .
Excerpt: The Policy of Abuse (washingtonpost.com) This is a thoughtful, lengthy editorial and as near as I can tell gets it all right - except suddenly at the conclusion they simply call for the administration to change its ways. Bad boys....
Posted on May 16, 2004 07:00 AM Comments: 0
The cards are stacked against him, but . . .
Excerpt: Bad Signs For Bush In History, Numbers (washingtonpost.com) The latest poll numbers are encouraging for those who feel Bush is the worst thing that ever happened to this country. But then, the election is a long way off and the...
Posted on May 14, 2004 08:41 AM Comments: 0
The right direction
Excerpt: Opinion > The Wrong Direction" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/14/opinion/14FRI1.html?hp">The New York Times > Opinion > The Wrong Direction The NYT has a wonderful editorial on the prison mess and how it should be handled right now. Here's what they said: Watching President...
Posted on May 14, 2004 08:35 AM Comments: 0
Freidman comes full circle
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Dancing Alone" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/13/opinion/13FRIE.html?hp">The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Dancing Alone It is time to ask this question: Do we have any chance of succeeding at regime change in Iraq without regime change...
Posted on May 13, 2004 04:22 AM Comments: 0
Conservative Pundits' Verdict
Excerpt: Bush Not Up To The Job Kevin Drum pulls together gems written recently by conservative pundits deploring the Bush administration's handling of the war. From David Brooks to Fareed Zakaria, with points in between, sweeping condemnation. None of these guys...
Posted on May 10, 2004 05:52 PM Comments: 0
A good idea, but. . .
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Cursed by Oil" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/09/opinion/09FRIE.html?8hpib">The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Cursed by Oil Friedman is trying to find some sense of things and to an extent he does. here's what he has to...
Posted on May 10, 2004 04:21 AM Comments: 0
The Misunderestimated Man
Excerpt: How Bush chose stupidity Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate and author of The Deluxe Election-Edition of Bushisms, opens this more than entertaining piece taken from the Introduction of that book with a question. The question I am most frequently asked...
Posted on May 9, 2004 11:57 AM Comments: 0
Thinking the Unthinkable
Excerpt: When Will the First Major Newspaper Call for a Pullout in Iraq? Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor and Publisher, asks who will be the Walter Cronkite of the current failing military adventure. Noting that the press bears part of the...
Posted on May 8, 2004 04:49 PM Comments: 0
Rummy, the ar and plain silliness
Excerpt: Opinion > Mr. Rumsfeld's Defense" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/08/opinion/08SAT1.html">The New York Times > Opinion > Mr. Rumsfeld's Defense I watched one of the Republican leaders last night try to defend Rumsfeld and the Army. Essentially his message was the Army got the...
Posted on May 8, 2004 06:32 AM Comments: 0
Let's party!
Excerpt: Click for larger image. And once more, Rush shows he can outdo them all!...
Posted on May 7, 2004 07:49 AM Comments: 0
Down with Rummy!
Excerpt: Opinion > The New Iraq Crisis: Donald Rumsfeld Should Go" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/opinion/07FRI1.html">The New York Times > Opinion > The New Iraq Crisis: Donald Rumsfeld Should Go So tell me - if you're a Democrat - do you want Bush to...
Posted on May 7, 2004 04:50 AM Comments: 0
Presidential Prayer Team
Excerpt: National Day of Prayer Today has been proclaimed "National Day of Prayer" by President Bush and visitors to the Presedential Prayer Team site are encouraged to pause at noon and pray the prayer prepared by the Senate chaplain. The following...
Posted on May 6, 2004 03:03 PM Comments: 2
Et Tu, Thomas?
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Restoring Our Honor" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/06/opinion/06FRIE.html">The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Restoring Our Honor And so Thomas Freidman is at last coming to his senses. This column in the NYT begins: e are in...
Posted on May 6, 2004 10:04 AM Comments: 0
Good News & Better News
Excerpt: Washington > Rumsfeld Chastised by President for His Handling of Iraq Scandal" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/06/politics/06CABI.html?ex=1084810735&ei=1&en=be7228ec6bd3b770">The New York Times > Washington > Rumsfeld Chastised A day after the story broke of Powell's alienation from the Bush administration comes the news that W...
Posted on May 6, 2004 09:42 AM Comments: 0
Casualty of War
Excerpt: Colin Powell While the title of this lengthy and intriguing piece, "Casualty of War," is apt it is the subtitle that tells the story: "Four years into an embattled Bush administration, Colin Powell is hard at work at something he's...
Posted on May 6, 2004 08:43 AM Comments: 0
Moore Muzzled by Mickey Mouse!
Excerpt: National > Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/05/national/05DISN.html?hp">The New York Times > National > Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush Michael Moore is trying to tell the story none of the big media want...
Posted on May 5, 2004 04:49 AM Comments: 1
Is this for real? Is this woman crazy?
Excerpt: Her Beautiful Mind "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths," Barbara Bush said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 18, 2003. "Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something...
Posted on May 4, 2004 07:30 PM Comments: 0
What he meant by model Democracy
Excerpt: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Battlefield of Dreams" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/04/opinion/04KRUG.html">The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Battlefield of Dreams Call me slow, but it never dawned on me until I read this column that what the Neocons were up...
Posted on May 4, 2004 02:59 AM Comments: 0
Photo Wars
Excerpt: TomDispatch While Iraq did not heretofore warrant being linked with the "War on Terror" launched by our president, the revelations of the atrocities perpetrated by Americans on Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib establishes a new dimension to the war being...
Posted on May 3, 2004 02:05 PM Comments: 0
Who knew what and when?
Excerpt: International > Middle East > Report on Abuse Faults 2 Officers in Intelligence" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/international/middleeast/03ABUS.html?pagewanted=1&hp">The New York Times > International > Middle East > Report on Abuse Faults 2 Officers in Intelligence This all gives new meaning to what Rumsfeld...
Posted on May 3, 2004 03:58 AM Comments: 1
"Daily Show's" Lewis Black
Excerpt: In a Black mood This Sunday's Globe carries a piece about an entertainer I've not seen often because I am usually asleep when the "Daily Show" airs and have not gotten around to getting a Tivo. But thanks to their...
Posted on May 2, 2004 10:41 AM Comments: 0
Bob Woodward's Books
Excerpt: Middle man This Sunday Globe piece by David Greenberg, historian and former Woodward assistant, has given me pause. Perhaps I have been too critical of recent writing. The sub-title summarizes the theme of the essay: "Bob Woodward'sbooks are long...
Posted on May 2, 2004 10:23 AM Comments: 0
It gets worse
Excerpt: The New Yorker: Fact (I'm posting this because the news on this has been spotty at best - though this morning the New Yorker's story, is front page in the NYT. But note, in the Washington Post what they are...
Posted on May 2, 2004 07:11 AM Comments: 1
May You Find Your Force (Again), John!
Excerpt: Speak The Truth David Corn wrote in The Nation (27 April) a piece similar in theme and tone to three I posted earlier. The question is: can John Kerry find the conviction and passion that guided him as a veteran...
Posted on May 1, 2004 07:48 PM Comments: 0



















































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