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N.Y. Post Gives Obama the Nod

The idea of any news organization associated with conservative Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch backing a liberal Democrat (egad!) such as Barack Obama may seem strange, but upon closer inspection the New York Post’s endorsement for the Democratic nomination reads less like a bid for Obama than an effort to avoid four more years of “Team Clinton” in the White House.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


Interrogation Bill May Codify Military Dictatorship

The Washington Post reports that Bush’s new bill on military commissions could be a “precedent-setting Congressional endorsement for the indefinite detention” of anyone the president deems an enemy combatant—including American citizens far from foreign battlefields.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Hacks and GOP Loyalists Abounded in Rebuild-Iraq Effort

Loyalty to the Bush administration trumped qualifications and know-how among the people sent to rebuild postwar Iraq. Guess who screened the candidates? James O’Beirne, husband of the National Review’s Kate O’Beirne.
As Andrew Sullivan says, “so many pundits married to so many party officials - it gets hard to keep them straight at times.”

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Digests Latest Bush Puzzler

George Bush recently said “America is safer than it has been, but it’s not yet safe.”  Attempting to make sense of this seemingly contradictory statement in a post-9/11, post-“mission accomplished,” post-Katrina world, “The Daily Show” came up with this rationale: “George W. Bush is the right man to lead us in the era post whatever horrible calamity he leads us into next.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


Washington Post Hires Bush Speechwriter

The newspaper has brought on as a columnist Michael Gerson, the man who coined the term “Axis of Evil.” Time magazine called the evangelical writer “The President’s Spiritual Scribe.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


Army Gen.: Rumsfeld Muzzled Postwar Plans

Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, who retires in three weeks, said the Defense secretary threatened in 2003 to “fire the next person” who talked about the need for postwar planning for Iraq. Rumsfeld apparently knew such talk would create the perception that the U.S. would be there a long time.
This is big: It’s a current Army general saying this—albeit one who’s about to retire. And it confirms what outsiders (like journalists) have been reporting for some time.

Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


King Kofi
From the Huffington Post

A Right-Winger Reads The N.Y. Times

This animated feature is leading the pack at the Huffington Post’s Contagious Festival; it’s a satirical look at what conservatives see when they pick up The New York Times.

  • Check out last month’s Jury Prize (it’s the “Freeway Blogger”)

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Nothing to Google here
    From topwebnews.com

    Google Warns Against Using Its Name as Verb

    The search engine company, which tries to affect an air of youthful nonconformity, legally admonished the Washington Post for using the word “google” as a generic verb to describe Internet search in general.

  • Online expert Steve Rubel calls it “one of the worst PR moves in history.”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


  • Looking Back on the Fiasco’

    The Washington Post has an interesting series that analyzes the mess in Mesopotamia.

    Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Have You Passed the New Democratic Sniff Test?

    The George Soros-backed Democracy Alliance pools contributions from the richest progressive donors in the country to fund advocacy groups capable of building a counterweight to the well-entrenched conservative movement. But there’s a potential dark side for groups whose views don’t conform to the Alliance’s…. (more)

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Mission Accomplished
    From hammeroftruth.com

    Top Reporter: Stop Reporting Pols’ PR Events, Photo Ops

    Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, one of the few traditional media reporters to have forcefully challenged Bush’s prewar claims on WMDs, has called for a moratorium on publishing government statements “that are designed solely as a public relations tool.”

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Patton's famous slap
    From fantasfilm.com

    Think Tank’s Claim: Soldiers Faking Post-Battle Stress

    The American Enterprise Institute suspects that U.S. soldiers are fabricating instances of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Blogger Respectful of Otters dismantles the claims.
    Gen. George Patton famously made the same charge (incident depicted above by George C. Scott) during WWII. He was made to apologize and almost lost his command. Wonder if the AEI will suffer an analogous fate?

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Katherine Harris spoof video

    The Rejected Katherine Harris Campaign Video

    Check out the wickedly satirical video that’s leading the pack in this month’s Huffington Post “Contagious Festival.”

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    From U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a Grim Report

    A private report made by the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, obtained by the Washington Post, paints a portrait of increasing danger faced by its Iraqi employees who live outside the Green Zone: “harassment, threats and the employees’ constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Anatomy of the Iran/Jewish Arm Badge Story

    Want to know the genesis of that bogus story about Iran requiring Jews to wear arm badges? Apparently a public relations firm specializing in promoting neocons was instrumental in placing the story in the National Post. Check out the full account here.
    And then some credulous blog editors—like yours truly—linked to the story before realizing how shoddily sourced it was. Mea Culpa big-time

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Gay Fever

    ‘Big Gay GOP Fear Factor Fever’

    Singer/songwriter Paul Hipp releases a satirical ode to the GOP’s attempts to drive a wedge between voters on the issue of gay rights.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Newspaper Retracts Iranian Jewish Arm Badges Story

    The National Post has retracted an article that said Iran planned to force Jews and other non-Muslims to wear distinctive insignia.
    Also, it turns out the author of the article is aligned with many of the same neocons who beat the drums for war with Iraq.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Democrats Wooing Evangelical Christians

    Just as the GOP tried to pull African Americans away from the Democratic Party, so too are Democrats going after the Republicans’ base: evangelical Christians. But a Washington Post columninst asks: “What does it profit a party to gain a demographic but lose its soul?”
    Earlier: The Religious Left Rises Again

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Bush Losing Support Among Hispanics, Conservatives

    White conservatives form the base of the GOP, and Hispanics were supposed to be its future. But thanks to Bush’s stance on immigration (and some other issues), both groups are running away from the party.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Don’t Believe the Flawed NSA-Spying Poll

    The Washington Post loaded a poll so it would appear that most Americans support the NSA’s phone record collection program. Blogger Jane Hamsher did the original analysis on this sloppy poll, and Buzzflash sums it up.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    The Horror, the Horror!
    From Salon.com

    Salon Probes the Post’s Impotence Myth

    Salon writer Rebecca Traister doesn’t buy the Washington Post’s big story about the causes behind an alleged rise in impotence among college students.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Andrea Mitchell
    From crooksandliars.com

    Report: CIA Agent Fired for Leaking

    The CIA has fired an agent who allegedly leaked information about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe to The Washington Post, reports MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Fox News has more.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


    I'm the decider
    From the HuffingtonPost.com

    ‘I’m the Decider’ Parody Song Goes Viral

    It didn’t take songwriters long to lampoon Bush’s instantly infamous “I’m the decider” remark. Check out this one, which is burning up the rankings at the Huffington Post.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


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