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Coverage of Rumsfeld Speech Incident Has a Gap

While almost all media organizations reported that CIA veteran Ray McGovern publicly clashed with Rumsfeld, most labeled him a “heckler” or a “hostile war critic.” Few bothered to mention that McGovern was indisputably correct: Rumsfeld’s 2003 comments on Iraqi WMD were flat-out false.

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Ray McGovern with Paula Zahn
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Rumsfeld’s CIA Critic Swats Away Paula Zahn

Ray McGovern, the retired CIA veteran who sharply challenged Rumsfeld’s war rationales, angrily swatted away CNN’s Paula Zahn’s questions about McGovern’s motives. This was “not a matter of axes to grind. It?s a matter of telling the truth.”

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Mark Danner
From MarkDanner.com

Mark Danner Waves the Smoking Gun

New Yorker staff writer and Berkeley professor Mark Danner has a new book exploring America’s scandalous indifference to the Downing Street Memo—the “smoking gun” that all but proves Bush was set on going to war in Iraq eight months before the actual invasion.

  • Read the Buzzflash interview

  • Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld forum
    From crooksandliars.com

    Must-See TV

    Ray McGovern, a retired 27-year veteran of the CIA, leaves Donald Rumsfeld sputtering as he pulls apart the secretary of defense’s flawed rationale for the Iraq war—on live television.

  • Video
  • Bio of McGovern

  • Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Specter Will Hold Hearing on Bush’s ‘Signing Statements’

    The Republican senator announced the move in the wake of news that Bush used “signing statements” to assert his supposed right to circumvent more than 750 laws passed over the last five years.
    Legal scholars say the breadth of Bush’s use of “signing statements” is unprecedented.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Press conference
    From surrealstudios.com

    Media Lapdogs

    In a new book, Salon senior writer Eric Boehlert chronicles “one of the great journalistic collapses of our time”: the media’s failure to sufficiently challenge the president in the run-up to the Iraq war. Check out the extended excerpt.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Fox Will NOT Decriminalize Drugs

    In a last-minute about-face, the Mexican president will not OK a bill that would have greatly loosened penalties on possession of personal amounts of drugs. It’s apparently the result of U.S. pressure.

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    House Passes ‘Sham’ Lobbying Reform Bill

    House conservatives just passed a lobbying reform bill that the Washington Post called a “sham,” ?diluted snake oil? and ?an insult to voters.? Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., said, “I happen to believe we are losing our moral authority to lead this place.”

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    Blumenthal: Colbert Spoke Truth, not Truthiness, to Power

    Sidney Blumenthal says Stephen Colbert delivered the “most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps,” so it’s not surprising his routine was met by silence by the journalists in the room.

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    Purity Ball
    From generationsoflight.myicontrol.com

    Purity Ball Entrance Fee: Intact Hymen

    States like Colorado are holding dances in which fathers goad their daughters into pledging to remain virgins until marriage. (Never mind that abstinence pledges actually increase risky sexual activity.) You won’t believe the creepy anti-sex scripts the fathers read.

  • Blog entry on the phenomenon
  • Blog entry with actual scripts
  • Purity Ball website
  • Damning study on abstinence pledges
  • Bill Maher’s reaction to the study

  • Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


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