Sunday, June 26, 2005

Articles of Note:

The Armstrong Williams NewsHour, by Frank Rich at the NY Times

The intent is not to kill off PBS and NPR but to castrate them by quietly annexing their news and public affairs operations to the larger state propaganda machine that the Bush White House has been steadily constructing at taxpayers' expense. If you liked the fake government news videos that ended up on local stations - or thrilled to the "journalism" of Armstrong Williams and other columnists who were covertly paid to promote administration policies - you'll love the brave new world this crowd envisions for public TV and radio.

"Fair and balanced" -- the McCarthy way

Tomlinson's conviction is so strong he once suggested to the CPB board that Fox News anchor Brit Hume be invited to "talk to public broadcasting officials about how to create balanced news programming," according to a report broadcast May 20 on National Public Radio.

Tomlinson's charge of liberal bias runs counter to two nationwide polls conducted by the CPB in 2002 and 2003, which found little concern among Americans about bias in public broadcasting. The CPB is a federally funded agency that serves as an umbrella organization for public radio and television. Created by Congress, its purpose is both to help raise money and awareness for public broadcasting and to protect it from political pressure. But now the CPB itself has become the source of such pressure.

Tomlinson's attempt to push back the so-called liberal media is not surprising given his journalistic past -- which is where Fulton Lewis Jr., the broadcaster with the intriguing, albeit distant, connection to the ongoing debate, comes in. A prominent radio broadcaster in the '40s, '50s and '60s, Lewis was known for his complete lack of objectivity. At his commercial peak he was heard on more than 500 radio stations and boasted a weekly audience of 16 million listeners. An erstwhile Rush Limbaugh, Lewis was the master of the partisan smear who rarely strayed from GOP talking points. In 1948, New York Herald Tribune radio columnist John Crosby suggested that Lewis "ought to be recognized as a campaigner, not as a commentator, and his national air time be paid for and so listed by the Republican National Committee."

Active Iraq Soldier: Karl, Come over _here_ and say that, Chickehawk...

Deadly immunity, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data -- and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic.


At 12:58 PM, Anonymous BB said...

DT, I'm shocked, shocked that you'd find a soldier to say that about our ole buddy Mr. Rove. I know he has a pretty bad case of gout, and thus would be ineligible to serve. But that don't keep him from yammering away, does it?

Having had to go there (Tikrit in OIF 1), I cannot stand chickenhawks.

Speaking of chickenhawks, what's the difference between the military service of GW Bush and Dan Quayle? Dan made all of his drills and didn't get discharged initially as a non-participant. Notice, Bush began blowing off his drills as soon as it was evident that Nixon's Vietnamization was going to be successful to the point of America no longer having a fighting role. Again, Quayle, just as rich and playful, at least fulfilled his obligations.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Dick Tuck said...

The other day, when I was digging up the Sun Tzu quote, I had a hard time not rereading the whole thing. But I did come across this to describe why chickenhawks running wars is dangerous.

"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.

It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand
the profitable way of carrying it on."


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