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AP photo / Mark Farmer

Wasteful Weapons and the Politicians Who Love Them

Remember Curtis LeMay, the Air Force general played to chilling effect by Sterling Hayden in the 1964 movie “Dr. Strangelove”? If you’re too young for that reference, you probably don’t recall when the concept of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) dominated our military posture toward our Soviet enemy.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


The Secretary’s New Clothes

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has announced what the media are calling a “massive overhaul” of America’s regulatory agencies, but columnist and liberal economist Paul Krugman isn’t impressed. Krugman doesn’t think the administration’s cosmetic solutions will mitigate our current economic crisis or prevent the next one.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Truthdig Podcast: Pelosi, Rummy, Sanders and the L.A. Times

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Nancy Pelosi’s speakership, Rumsfeld’s resignation, Bernie Sanders in the Senate and the fiasco at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on Pelosi, Rummy, Sanders and the LA Times

Truthdig editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, Rumsfeld’s resignation, Bernie Sanders in the Senate and the fiasco at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Elephant backsides
Left: NYT Mag; right: Time (composition: Blair Golson / Truthdig)

Elephant Backsides on Parade

Weird: Both Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine are using images of elephant backsides to illustrate cover stories this week—but for wildly different purposes: Time is writing about the breakdown of Republican society, and The N.Y. Times Mag is writing about the breakdown of actual elephant society. (more…)

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


Standard-Bearers: Dean and Mehlman, Profiled

In the last two weeks, The N.Y. Times has run lengthy, worthwhile profiles of DNC Chair Howard Dean (free today) and RNC Chair Ken Mehlman (need TimesSelect access).

Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris: ‘Head in the Sand Liberals’

Truthdig contributor and “The End of Faith” author Sam Harris writes in an L.A. Times Op-Ed piece that liberals’ fury with the Bush administration has blinded them to the danger of our enemies in the Muslim world. “This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that ‘liberals are soft on terrorism.’ It is, and they are.”

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Clinton Ended Welfare, Not Poverty

Bill Clinton doesn’t seem to know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


Times Withholds Article in Britain

The New York Times blocked UK readers from accessing an online article about new details in the British terror case. Instead, readers in England saw this explanation, “British law ... prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial.?

Posted on Aug 29, 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


    World Cant Wait
    From WorldCantWait.org

    Roster of Prominent Americans Calls for End of ‘Bush Regime’

    A wide array of artists, politicians, academics and journalists endorsed a full-page ad in the N.Y. Times on Thursday that calls for a day of mass resistance Oct. 5 to “drive out the Bush regime.”

  • The signers include: Jane Fonda, Gore Vidal, Sean Penn, Alice Walker, Lewis Lapham, Susan Sarandon, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Margaret Cho and Paul Haggis.

  • Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times Endorses Lamont

    Giving the nod to Ned Lamont in the upcoming Conn. Senate primary, the paper’s editorial board railed against Sen. Joe Lieberman’s “warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction.”

    Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


    56% Want Deadline for Leaving Iraq

    According to a new New York Times/CBS poll, 56% of Americans support a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.  Of that group, more than half support a withdrawal even if it leads to insurgent control of the country.

    Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Brits and Bush Divided on Lebanon

    According to The Times (of London), British officials dispute the effectiveness of Israel?s bombing campaign and warn of a potential backlash.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Court: Gays Too Good as Parents to Marry

    The New York Court of Appeals stated last week that it upheld a gay marriage ban because gay couples make more stable parental units than heterosexual couples—and thus the latter need the benefits of marriage to assist them. The reasoning behind this is wild, but it’s also insidious. Check it out.

  • Update: Nebraska just reinstated its gay marriage ban.

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Kim Cattrall
    From Craig Blankenhorn / HBO / N.Y. Times

    The Taming of a Slur

    The N.Y. Times reports that the word “slut” has gone the way of “queer” and “pimp” before it—from derogatory to affectionate. A prime mover behind the trend: Kim Cattrall’s portrayal of the slutty Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” (h/t: Huff Po)

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Who Killed the Electric Car

    The Next Must-See Documentary

    Check out the new movie that The New York Times calls “a prosecutorial examination of the role of oil companies, the automobile industry and the Bush administration (them again) in stymieing the development of emission-free electric vehicles.”

     

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Anne Frank comparison

    Memo to Pundits and Pols: No More Holocaust Comparisons

    That’s the advice of a Washington Post reporter, who says that no one should ever compare anything to the Nazis, Hitler or the Holocaust. Even if you’re talking, as Sen. Dick Durbin recently was, about the prisoner mistreatment scandal at Gitmo, it will always backfire. Other examples:

  • FreeRepublic.com and Accuracy in Media pull the “Anne Frank card” on the N.Y. Times.
  • CNN Host Glenn Beck uses a Holocaust comparison for the N.Y. Times, too.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Feinstein: I Wasn’t Briefed Beforehand on Bank Program

    The White House says it briefed Congress on its bank records collection program long ago, but Senate Intelligence Committee member Diane Feinstein says she was briefed only after it became clear that the N.Y. Times was going to run its story on the program.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Powell - Times Bashing

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    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Times Bashing
    Dwayne Powell

    Richard Clarke: How Gullible Does Bush Take Americans to Be?

    The president’s former counter-terrorism chief says the White House wants “the public to believe that it had not already occurred to every terrorist on the planet that his telephone was probably monitored and his international bank transfers subject to scrutiny.”

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times Paperboy

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    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling: Gitmo Brass Shrugs, Bush Lawyer Shudders

    The admiral in charge of the Guantanamo military detention center said he doubts Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on presidential authority will have any effect on his operations. But a Bush administration lawyer wasn’t as sanguine, saying about the decision, “It’s very broad, it’s very significant, and it’s a slam.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert Weighs In on N.Y. Times Bank Records Controversy

    Stephen Colbert said the N.Y. Times could learn a thing or two about secrecy from Superman, who continued to be “a pretend journalist”—“like Brit Hume.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times arrested
    Mike Luckovich

    Robert Scheer: A Disgraceful Attack on the New York Times

    The Bush administration is starting to sound like a two-bit dictatorship by insisting that the media shouldn’t have the right to report on the government’s prosecution of the so-called “war on terror.”

  • UPDATE: The House passed a resolution condemning the N.Y. Times for its reporting.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush and N.Y. Times editor Bill Keller

    Bush Condemns, Keller Defends Bank Data Story

    President Bush said the N.Y. Times’ disclosures about the administration’s bank data-mining program did “great harm to the United States of America.” The Times’ editor, Bill Keller, said “nobody should think that we made this decision casually, with any animus toward the current administration, or without fully weighing the issues.”

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Rep. Peter King

    Rep. Peter King: Charge the N.Y. Times With Espionage

    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) tells Chris Matthews that he’s calling on Atty. Gen. Gonzales to begin a criminal investigation into the newspaper for publishing details of President Bush’s financial information-mining program.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    The N.Y. Times’ Modest Proposal to the GOP

    From one of today’s Times editorials: “Given the topics that have preoccupied Congress lately, one wonders why the Republicans don’t simply propose a catchall bill aimed at illegal gay liberal Mexican flag burners and be done with it.”
    Why not indeed?

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Swift and the CIA
    Swift: swift.org / CIA: fas.org

    Feds Secretly Reviewed Bank Data to Fight Terror

    Under a post 9/11 Bush administration program, CIA agents officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database called SWIFT, examining banking transactions involving thousands of Americans without specific warrants in each case. (This program is working in parallel with the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping system)

  • The N.Y. Times has the scoop
  • The Washington Post has government officials confirming the story
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    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush and the blind reporter

    Bush Apologizes to L.A. Times Reporter

    The president had lightly mocked a reporter for wearing sunglasses at a press conference—apparently unaware that the reporter has impaired vision. Bush later called to apologize. The reporter said he took no offense.

  • Story
  • See the actual exchange
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    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


    West of Jesus

    Wave Rider

    Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler describes in The New York Times Magazine how the mere act of going surfing pulled him out of a near-suicidal battle with Lyme disease and kick-started a quest to explore the nexus of surf, science and spirituality.

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times: Hold the Applause in Iraq

    The national unity cabinet that Iraq presented this weekend will remain impotent unless Iraq can reform its “corrupt, brutal and highly partisan security forces”—the death squads that now range the country with impunity—argues the Times’ editorial board.

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Ted Koppel: Time for Army of U.S. Mercenaries?

    The longtime TV broadcaster, writing in the New York Times, snarkily suggests that oil companies that have the greatest interest in safeguarding a particular region should pick up the tab for hiring soldiers to defend it.

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Christian Sex Author: Time to Retool Abstinence Pledges

    An Op-Ed writer in The N.Y. Times says that it’s no wonder chastity vows don’t work: Christian communities don’t meaningfully support those who make them.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Friedman
    From dissidentvoice.org

    Tom Friedman’s Elastic Deadlines

    The N.Y. Times’ foreign affairs columnist has been saying that “the next six months” in Iraq will be the “decisive” ones—for the last two and a half years. FAIR documents a “long series of similar do-or-die dates that never seem to get any closer.”

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Full Tanks Put Squeeze on the Working Class

    Check out these moving portraits of people who can no longer visit family or friends, who can no longer take their children to the movies, even—all because of the stratospheric gas prices.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times: Bush’s Ever-Expanding Secret

    The Sept. 11 attacks “did not give the president the limitless power he now claims to intrude on the private communications of the American people,” the N.Y. Times says in an editorial about the NSA spying story.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    approval polls
    From the N.Y. Times

    Bush at New Low in N.Y. Times/CBS Poll

    Bush’s 31% rating (which echoes a USA Today/Gallup poll) equals the low-water mark of his father’s presidency, and is the third-lowest approval rating of any president in the last 50 years.

    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


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