The saddest part is that I'm sure both will be re-elected. But hopefully there is a hell.
SURVIVOR creator MARK BURNETT has blasted critics who don't actually watch the show, insisting the new season of the reality competition "won't be racial at all." Burnett claims dividing the four teams on SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS according to race eliminates any tension between the groups and thus avoids racism. He explains, "By putting people in tribes, they clearly have to get rid of people of their own ethnicity. So that's not racial at all."
What planet is the guy on! Is he saying that the only way to eliminate racism is segregation? F-ed up! (Hat tip: Drudge)
Anyway, you could tell the E.D. was really annoyed when he kept saying "you people" i.e. Fox News, led us into war. He said the Mainstream Media, but you know he meant Fox. Of course, radical Leftist like him think all media is right-wing. Anyway, I don't think ol' Rocky will be doing an interview on Fox again anytime soon.
Rather had a wolverine's tenacity from the start and sometimes got more credit than due, as when Walter Cronkite hailed him for first reporting JFK's death from Parkland Hospital when in fact Robert Pierpoint was the man on the scene. Cronkite was not destined to remain a Rather fan.
Cronkite, by Weisman's acerbic telling, is an arrogant blowhard "who still believes that the anchor chair should have been retired with him in 1981." According to Weisman, Cronkite piled on Rather during the "Memogate" scandal, which in Weisman's reading was a fairly minor error that sparked a gross overreaction.
I'm with you on the blowhard stuff, but to call Memogate a fairly minor error is like calling Watergate a third-rate burglary. Trust me, Nixon tried it.
The author doesn't give Rather a free pass, though.
This, after all, is the fellow of "Kenneth, what is the frequency?" fame who was also known for antic on-air observations such as, "This race is as hot and tight as a too- small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach."
No wonder radio wiseguy Don Imus once said, "I want to be watching when he cracks."
That's right, using fake documents to try and take down a president is a "minor error" but using kitschy similes is over the line.
Even Rather's critics may sympathize with poor Dan, who was increasingly enveloped by a rising tide of fluff. That trend included the indignity of being paired as co-anchor with Connie Chung, who was better known for celebrity interviews than news gathering.
That relationship is wonderfully reflected in a Rather quip quoted by Weisman: "I did on several occasions encourage her, not in a patronizing way, that to be really connected to the news you have to read more."
Next up as CBS News anchor is Katie Couric. Former congressional correspondent Phil Jones tells Weisman that Couric is "a liberal Democrat who is so in love with Hillary Clinton" that it could pose a problem if Clinton runs for president.
Weisman's final chapter, titled "Edward R. Murrow is Dead," is a whack at an era in which blow-dried news personalities report from their teleprompters. Former foreign correspondent Bert Quint notes that "there's no reason to believe that the person telling you the foreign story has been within 3,000 miles of where the story happened."
Yeah, yeah, we've heard this complaint a million times. It's officially a cliche. An anchor who's ugly and has bad hair and has been to Najaf is not what the public is pining for. We're looking for some honest reporting. After the Rathergate fiasco and the new MSM mantra "fake but accurate," there's just no one left in the media that can be trusted. Instead of being political hacks, how about being journalists?
I'd also like to point out that I've been haranguing on and on for a very long time that this was the dumbest story of my generation and a big nothing. Many replied that it was a disaster for the President. I agree to a point. It definitely affected his poll numbers and the effectiveness of his good right hand, Karl Rove, but that wasn't the point of my argument. It was a DNC/MSM creation and nothing more.
I wish Cleland nothing but the best as he battles his depression, but I cringe at what the likes of Keith Olbermann and Al Franken are going to do with this story. You know what I'm getting at.
James Taranto weighs in.
Rush gives his 2-cents.
Byron York lays it all out.
Meanwhile, Kevin Drum continues to live in denial. Poor bastard.
Armitage and Fitzgerald should have to pay back the taxpayers for the millions of dollars of their money that was spent on pure politics.
So how long will it be before Senator Durbin comes to Saddam's defense and calls the Marines in question Nazis?
"My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth-largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a Northeast liberal state."
Geesh! With so many Blacks and Indians in Vermont, Joe must be the only White guy left.
Michael "Spikey" Isikoff and David Corn are out with a new book about the Plame Affair which seems to set the record straight that it was Richard Armitage who leaked Valerie Plame's name to Robert Novak. When he realized what had happened, he panicked and got the help of Powell and State Department lawyer William Howard Taft IV. Essentially, they kept it a secret and let Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby and all the rest twist in the wind under an idiotic investigation.
I've always been suspicious of Powell and his gang and now I downright hate them. What is it with these Vietnam Vets: McCain, Hagel, Powell, Armitage that are hell-bent on defending the status-quo and stopping the neo-cons at all costs? If I had been in Armitage's position, and realized what I did, which was an accident (he says), I think I would be more inclined to come clean and save others from shame of being investigated.
Mr. Armitage, you are a disgrace. Not for accidentally leaking a name (if it indeed was an accident), but for letting others suffer for your folly. But since it was just a bunch of guys who "never heard a bullet go by their ears in anger," I guess it doesn't matter, huh? Go to hell.
MORE: Say Anything agrees.
Here's Roger Ailes statement, courtesy Drudge:
"We're very grateful for the safe return of Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig and we'd like to thank governments and individuals throughout the world who aided in securing their release. We'd also like to thank our colleagues in the journalism community for their unwavering support. The entire international community is beginning to realize that journalists should never be hostages or pawns in world events. Their job is to tell the story of the world as it unfolds."
The journalism community's unwavering support, eh. Well, I guess now isn't the time to go over that. Let the families celebrate and the journalists rest. We'll deal with the journalistic community later.
All publicity is good publicity, someone once said. CBS is gonna get a lotta mileage out of this, no doubt. They'll be talk show after talk show discussing whether this is right or wrong and CBS will score huge ratings from all the hoopla. I don't believe CBS for a second when they try to say this is a "social experiment," and I'm sure they'll try to spin this as a "lesson for us all on embracing diversity." This is about ratings, which are about money. They're taking a chance by going for controversy to get viewers, but in the long run, they will be a showcase for what is one of the biggest wrongs in America...the obsession with race. ESPN, I'm looking in your direction.
Finally someone had the nerve to tell Bill Maher's brain-dead audience "who will applaud anything" that they need to fuck off. The Mighty Hitch did so in the most recent episode as Maher continued to defend our enemies as his lapdogs cheered. Here's a transcript. Maher used to be somewhat entertaining in his Politically Incorrect days, but now he's just a fucking imbecile. Howie at The Jawa Report points out Maher's lack of theological knowledge.
Barry Goldwater was (always) a "classical liberal" or what I and many like me would call a libertarian. He was hawk on defense and believed in a small, but efficient government. After that, you're on your own and it's none of anybody's business. The Democrats like to pretend they have something in common with Goldwater due to his stand on abortion and gays in the military, but that's where it ends. Goldwater and the modern Democratic Party have almost nothing in common, and trying to make it seem otherwise is dishonest and disgusting.(Hat tip: Hot Air)
MORE: If you don't believe me, read this little nugget from Goldwater's obituary at CNN.com:
Goldwater said he knew the Vietnam War would be one of the major issues in the campaign, and called on President Lyndon Johnson to do what was necessary to win. He made his views on the war clear then and 25 years later when appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live."
"If I had inherited the mess that Johnson got into, I would have said to North Vietnam, by dropping leaflets out of B-52s, 'You quit the war in three days or the next time these babies come over there going to drop some big bombs on you.' And I'd make a swamp out of North Vietnam ... I'd rather kill a hell of a lot of North Vietnamese than one American and we've lost enough of them," Goldwater said.
Like music to my ears.
But Sister Toldjah (another beautiful woman) puts it all in perspective:
You can be the most fantastic looking person in the world and it will not get you far if you don't have the brains to go with them (with the exception of Hollywood and the modeling industry). Hot Air proves this every week with the gorgeous Michelle Malkin at the helm doing Vents, and they proved it this week as well with the lovely Mary Katharine Ham and Bethany guest-Venting. These gals look great, and they're smart as hell, too. But even if they weren't "all that" it wouldn't change a thing about what they've said in their vlogs. Nice looks just makes things more interesting, and heck - might entice people who otherwise wouldn't tune in to do just that. And maybe those people who've tuned in because of that will learn something.
It's truly the best of both worlds.
UPDATE: Ian Schwartz has the video. "Are you ready for change?"
Let's all keep Centanni and Wiig in our prayers. Unfortunately, there's not much more we can do.
Turns out that, news of the Apocalypse notwithstanding, there's apparently been a significant decline in Baghdad street violence this month, including both criminal and political attacks. At least that's what U.S. and Iraqi officials are claiming. While it's reasonable to take a skeptical view of such claims like these, it's just as reasonable to be skeptical of the U.S. media's reports about the state of the city. As for me, I put my bet on the Baghdadis.
(Hat tip: Instapundit)
I say on September 1st, this gets bombed:
Photo courtesy the Associated Press
UPDATE: Matt and Trey signed a contract to make two movies with Paramount today. Coincidence?
"To me this is Gumbel's Dan Rather-type mistake."
Oooo..that's gotta hurt!
One theory floating around is that the U.S. decided to stop Israel from continuing in Lebanon because the IAF was ill-prepared and the leadership of Olmert and Peretz was just terrible. To use an American analogy, it was like Jimmy Carter leading a war effort with the Clinton-era military. Maybe the Bushies thought it was best to hold off until a Netanyahu got back into power. But how can you be sure of that? It's a big gamble, if it's true.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: The war of this century is not the war on terrorism, or even the culture war. The war of this century is the battle to control information.
UPDATE: Looks like Harvey is hedging his bets and bringing in some balance. The actions of a smart businessman. (Hat tip: Drudge)
UPDATE: The gang over at Free Republic seem to be as conflicted as I am.
However, this whole Fauxtography flap is really not new. There are only two things that have changed: better technology, i.e. Photoshop; and the rise of the bloggers or, if you will, The Fifth Estate. Fraud via photojournalism has been prevalent since the Vietnam War. I remind folks of the infamous photograph of a Vietnamese girl being hit with napalm. Presented as being caused by American troops, in reality the only Americans around at the time were journalists and doctors...doctors who saved the life of the naked girl. But until now there hasn't been much scrutiny of photojournalism and thus people mistakenly think it's a new problem. No, it's an old one.
MORE: And the beat goes on.
UPDATE: Instapundit: Call it "suicide."
All in all, it's a pretty strong lineup, all behind McCain. But Giuliani argues it won't matter in the long run. Asked when he needs to get a team together, he said, "After the 2006 election. I really don't think you should get in the way of the 2006 election. There's plenty of time." Perhaps that's true. But Giuliani is already gambling that he can persuade South Carolinians to accept his positions on some of the most contentious issues in politics. Even if that is possible, the job could take some time - perhaps more than Giuliani has given himself.
I'm a little more optimistic in this regard. Granted, I'm biased as I'm a big Giuliani fan, but I think what may win the Southern GOP over is two things: his strong stand on the War on Terrorism; and the Democratic Party. The former speaks for itself, the latter does too really, but I'll opine nonetheless. I really have to think that with the Democratic Party moving so far to the Left that the Southern GOP will put the social issues on the back-burner. No one is more adamant about continuing the war on terrorism than Giuliani and no one is more adamant about abandoning the war on terrorism then all of the Democrats' possible presidential candidates (with some very minor exceptions). There's a lot of talk that Russ Feingold may just be the odds on favorite for the Dems. His anti-war bonafides are unquestioned.
It's very early. The elections this November will certainly set the stage.
MORE: Lorie Byrd agrees with me.
It didn't. It proved to be a disaster. Then Hezbollah crossed the border and attacked Israel. Israel responded militarily and was in the process of crushing the terrorists group. What's more, Olmert had the support of the vast majority of the community to finish the job militarily. The population of Israel, sans the far Left and Right were willing to endure attacks if it meant achieving a greater good: the end of Hezbollah.
Then came along George W. Bush, France and the U.N. Olmert went along with the cease fire and the fighting stopped. Helen Thomas may be happy, but the Israeli army is not. Olmert held the whole world in his hands and he let it slip away. Now it appears, he may pay the price. Ben Netanyahu is right there to state the obvious: land for peace failed; Olmert and Kadima failed. Here's hoping a change in leadership is imminent.
MORE: Here's a link to Netanyahu's statement to the U.S. Government Reform Committee on September 20, 2001. RTWT!
If anyone knows where I could get a video link of this speech, please let me know.
EVEN MORE: Ralph Peters at the NY Post just rips Olmert and the IDF.
So on its face, Mr. Carter's statement is simply disingenuous nonsense and political spin to support his anti-administration agenda. The fact that Mr. Carter didn't have the gonads to actually do what was necessary to free our hostages in Iran or face down the USSR for its invasion of Afghanistan leaves him little in the way of a credible voice in what is or isn't a true threat to our security and how we should act.
What does this mean? It means that Christmas came early for the media this year. No matter what happens in this case, whether it's proven Karr did it, or he's pulled off the greatest hoax since Clifford Irving, it's a gift to the media that keeps on giving. Can you say "exhumation?" It's early, but don't be surprised.
Sullivan used to be one of my favorite writers, even when I disagreed with him. He was the first blogger I ever gave money to, though admittedly it was only 20 bucks. But he's let his emotion override his critical thinking skills. He can call me "deranged" as much as he'd like, obviously he finds that easier than forming coherent arguments.
As the Brits would say: Spot on! I once thought that Sullivan could be a new, leading voice for all the libertarian-conservatives out there, but in the end, he just didn't have the balls.
MORE: Democratic Underground questions timing. Who knew Karl Rove had a hand in the investigation all along? Not I. (Hat tip: Hot Air)
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Carter's comments of late border on anti-American, and they are without a doubt anti-Israel and pro-terrorists. He says, however, that he represents the vast majority of Democrats. I don't think I can argue with that.
MORE: Nutroots celebrate.
MORE: Michelle Malkin has a roundup.
MORE: The Emperor says we're headed for another heartbreak if we believe the rope-a-dope theory. It's anybody's guess right now.
MORE: McQ thinks this may buy Israel several crucial weeks. Let's hope.
MORE: Was it just a trap? I don't mean to sound like a Monday morning quarterback, but you always have to wonder with these diplomatic deals if there's some kind of subterfuge afoot. That's always the hope anyway, and we may be seeing some evidence of it here. I had a mild inkling yesterday after listening to John Bolton. Here's hoping all the kvetching I've been doing this weekend has been for naught.
The story quickly unraveled as the agenda of Burkett came to light and he was revealed to be a liar. Also, bloggers Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, "Buckhead" from Free Republic and others were able to prove that the documents were most likely forgeries. Everything started to crumble around CBS. Mapes was fired, Rather was eventually pushed into retirement and then completely out of CBS Headquarters and, perhaps worst of all to the gang at CBS, George W. Bush was reelected President of the United States.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the asylum. Despite the fact that Rather and Mapes had been exposed as frauds; Despite the fact that Rather and Mapes, faced with a mountain of evidence that their story was crap, refused to admit they were duped or lied; Despite that fact that Rather and Mapes to this day stand by the story giving us the new MSM catchphrase "fake but accurate,"; despite all of this, Rather and Mapes were awarded a Peabody Award for their coverage of the Abu Ghraib story. True, there's no evidence anything in the Abu Ghraib story was inaccurate, but it was produced by proven liars and dupes. Doesn't matter, at least not to their peers.
Then in 2005, the AP received a Pulitzer for a photograph from Iraq showing an election worker being executed by a gunmen. It had all the sings of being staged for the media, though this is debatable. However, such questions weren't enough to dissuade the Pulitzer Committee.
Now we move to the present, 2006, and we see they effect of Rathergate on mainstream journalism. There are more staged and altered photographs coming out of the Middle East than the Blogosphere can keep up with. See here and here.
The way I see it, until we can change the world, let's at least be honest about where we're at. I'm talking to you, Pulitzer Committee. The time has come to honest about where mainstream journalism stands at this point in history. It's time to be completely honest and tell it like it is.
In order to accomplish this, I am proposing a campaign that calls for Thomas and John Knoll, the inventors of Photoshop, to be award this year's Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism.
Photoshop has become the MVP for the MSM. It's time that the Knoll Brothers are recognized for their contribution the Fourth Estate. But if you don't believe me, just ask my friend here:
I'm still on board with the approach of complete and total victory, but I concur with Bill Quick that we need to watch out for MSM opportunists looking to use stuff like this to hurt Condi. Better watch yourselves, we are not amused.
MORE: The Emperor pours some cold water on this approach.
EVEN MORE: Power Line puts it all in a nutshell.
Meanwhile, Glenn Reynolds has a poll. It's really a farce. The thought of McCain-Lieberman ticket gives me that Obi-Wan feeling (like a million voices crying out and then suddenly going silent). Sorry, I'm a little punchy today (thanks to Bush, Olmert and the U.N.).
MORE: Michelle Malkin calls it surrender. She's right.
MORE: Little Green Footballs: "Aarrgghh."
MORE: Power Line: "Amateur Hour Continues."
MORE: Rottweiler: Bunch of sh*t! (I had to clean that up a little. Gotta love the Emperor!)
MORE: Hot Air: "Super." (/sarcasm)
AND MORE: Daily Pundit: Called it!
PITBULL JOURNALIST GOES SOFT ON IRANIAN MADMAN: 88-year-old CBS journalist says Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a 'reasonable' man on Sean Hannity's ABC radio program... Points out Ahmadinejad not anti-Jewish... just anti-Zionist state. Says many Jews in Iranian Parliament, in great positions in Iranian life... Believes Ahmadinejad sincere in his hope for peaceful coexistence between Iran and West... Troubled by comparisons of leader to Hitler... Marvels at Ahmadinejad's civil engineering degree, 'intellect', 'savvy'... Asks viewers not to bring 'prejudices' to Sunday night '60 MINUTES' broadcast... Proclaims 'discussion' was sincere and not for propaganda purposes... Developing...
You gotta hand it to Wallace...he makes blogging easy. I really don't have to say anything (but of course, I will). Just when you think that the political Right has gone too far in its estimation of the liberal media and finding MSM conspiracies against Bush under every rock, along comes Mike Wallace to vindicate even the kookiest of media critics.
The Brits (and I'm sure the Americans) really did a amazing job. The boys at Scotland Yard should be commended. This very well could have been the big one that we've all been waiting for the last 5 years. Let's hope that it was. Meanwhile, the battle continues...will this teach the doubters that we cannot accept anything but total victory?
UPDATE: The answer seems to be a resounding no. Wow.
However, no one said that freedom would be easy.
But there's another possibility: Maybe his hypocrisy isn't egregious enough for the public to care, or maybe he and his issue aren't big enough for anyone to care when he's exposed as a fraud. Food for thought for the ex-Veep. Strangely, if more people were outraged by his hypocrisy, it would mean he has more credibility. Welcome to Catch-22, Al.
Now it's on to the general election where Lieberman is likely to win as an Independent, though if Lamont can ride this wave (with lots of Driveby Media help), who knows? What's so infuriating about Lieberman is that despite getting kicked in the jewels for the last couple of years by the Democrats, if he wins as an Indy, he'll probably still caucus with the Democrats. Moron. Don Surber thinks we'd be just as well to have him gone completely. He has a point. Like we need another Linc Chafee.
Q: “You’re not against Hezbollah?”
Here’s the full transcript, according to Think Progress:
Q: You’re not against Hezbollah?
DINGELL: No, I happen to be — I happen to be against violence, I think the United States has to bring resolution to this matter. Now, I condemn Hezbollah as does everybody else, for the violence.
This changes nothing. He's saying he condemns Hezbollah for the violence, but he does not condemn Hezbollah in and of itself. He stated earlier in the interview that despite the fact that America has deemed Hezbollah a terrorist organization, he does not take sides. Well, according to Howard Dean, this makes him an anti-Semite. Maybe. Maybe not. What it definitely makes him is a fool...a dangerous fool. No spin or creative editing can hide that fact.
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