A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Monday, January 03, 2005


Mark Hyman (GOP Attack Weasel), came on New Year’s Day with 12 issues he would like resolved in 2005. Of course there was the obligatory reference to the faux crisis in Social Security. There were the obligatory negative references to lawyers, the cultural and media elite and the “rift-raft” who come into this country illegally.

The most outrageous thing he said should be resolved was, “The partisan press will report only facts in the news and keep opinion in the editorial and commentary sections of their papers and newscasts.” There were several pictures of newscasters behind him who were evidently the target of this charge. Funny, not a single picture of anyone from Faux News.

This the same Sinclair Broadcasting that refused to allow its affiliate stations to carry the Nightline tribute to those killed in Iraq.

This the same Sinclair Broadcasting that proposed to air an anti-Kerry documentary just before the election.

This is the same Sinclair Broadcasting that uses the public airways to promote its narrow, radical right-wing agenda.

How about a resolution that gwb will only use facts in his speeches?

Hyman, apparently believes that as long as you call it “commentary,” it’s okay to make false accusations. It’s okay to draw spurious conclusions if they support your point of view.

Hyman also attacked the implementation of McCain/Feingold and said that there should be no “gag orders” on political speech. I refer again to the Nightline episode and the excuse given by Sinclair is that they deemed it political speech. Further, if this is the case, why does he not denounced Clear Channel for refusing to air political commercials that are not supportive of the GOP or gwb? Or the refusal by stations to carry the Moveon.org commercials. Why do they not provide air time for countervailing views to their so-called commentaries?


When Jan Egeland from the U.N. offered a mild criticism of rich countries and their response to world-wide disasters, the GOP attack machine, primed and oiled, came out with a vengeance to spin on all the Sunday talk shows.

The most egregious defense I heard had to be from Kate Snow on Good Morning America. She contended that the money spent based on the number of dead in the Sudan contrasted with money pledged based on the number of estimated dead from the tsunami showed that we were being more generous now than before. Contributions based on a per capita of the deceased? It’s the living that need the help!


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