Selling the Next War

September 28, 2007

This video is definitely low-tech, but to the point. Very short.

How Senators voted Re: Lieberman/Kyl Iran amendment

YEAs —76

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
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George W. Bush — Draft Dodger

September 27, 2007

Did President George W. Bush dodge the draft during the Vietnam War, as Dan Rather’s report asserted just before the 2004 election—the report that got Dan Rather fired?

Well, the BBC reporter Greg Palast did the same story a year before. Palast and the BBC stand by their story, part of which is in this video.

But Palast is not at all sympathetic with Dan Rather, who he says “cut a back-room deal to shut his mouth, grab his ankles, and let his network retract a story he knew to be absolutely true.” For Palast’s full unflattering take on Dan Rather’s suit, click here.


Taser This… F— BUSH

September 25, 2007

That was the headline and the full editorial in the pages of The Rocky Mountain Collegian on Friday, the paper of Colorado State University, followed by the brief explanation, “This column represents the views of the Collegian’s editorial board.” Campus administrators in charge of the communications department said they will launch an internal investigation into “the decision-making process” that led to publishing the editorial. The director of student media said people who want to complain can contact him directly. What if they want to commend the editorial board?

More about the response of the editorial from The Rocky Moutain Collegian’s own pages, here.


Dan Rather Fights Corporate Media… And Gets A Lot Of Bad Press

September 23, 2007

(photo by Lonnie Juli/CBS)

I can’t help but be on Dan’s side, now that he’s the underdog.

The LA Times, at first, did a very fair article on the suit. Reporter, Matea Gold, on September 20, pointed out that Sumner Redsone told Time magazine in an interview shortly after Rather was fired from CBS (for the story that was unfavorable to Bush), that Redstone wanted a Republican win in 2004 because it was good for his company (“I do believe that a Republican Administration is better for media companies than a Democratic one.”).

But now the LA Times has joined the other newspapers in the mudslinging with articles about Dan’s “ego
and how he’s crazy and needs to “stay on script.” Matea Gold is no longer covering the story.

Let’s focus on the theme of Rather’s story shortly before the 2004 general election: Pres. George W. Bush used family influence to avoid serving in the Vietnam War. Well, he did, didn’t he? His opponent in the presidential race volunteered, and was a hero. Dick Chaney got five (that’s 5) deferments to keep him out of that jungle war. Not too good a record for an Administration that has started a “never ending war.”

Rather has pledged that if he wins the suit, he’ll take CBS’s money and give it to independent media. Go, Dan!


Dan Rather Emboldened by Don Imus’s Win To Sue CBS?

September 21, 2007

   The spin on Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS is that he is crazy for “[dredging] up the worst moment of his career.” But really, Rather is dredging up a bad moment in media history when CBS wouldn’t stand up to the White House and back up a story that made Bush look bad right before his reelection. I saw Dan Rather’s apology and firing after his story in 2004 that President Bush got preferential treatment when he was in the National Guard just as he does: “The story was true,” Rather said. “The documents, I still believe them to be true. I believed them to be true at the time.”

“I think we’re going to find out just how much interference at the corporate level there is in national news stories,” Rather told the Washington Post on Friday.

The only question I have for Rather is: What took you so long?

Here’s the CBS spin.

Here’s the 60 minutes story in question from September 8, 2004.


Terrell Owens Penalized

September 20, 2007

nfl_g_owens_195-schechter-getty-images.jpg(photo: Schechter, Getty Images)

Terrell Owens, of the Dallas Cowboys, poked fun at New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick when he leaned against the goal post and raised the football to his face as if he were videotaping with it.

Referees called a 15-yard penalty on Owens for using the goal post as a prop.” – L.A. Times 9/17/2007

Mr. Owens then took both goal posts and put them on either side of the end zone, stood between them and recited Shakespeare, at which point he was assessed a 25-yard penalty for using the goal posts as a proscenium.

Later in the same game, upon scoring his third touchdown, Owens laid the posts on their sides so that the points were touching, thus creating a rectangle that could have been construed as being a movie screen, stood before them so as to be framed within it, and was assessed 20-yard penalty for using the goal posts to mimic the aspect ratio of a standard 35 mm film projection.

Although Owens complained about the call, League Commissioner Roger Goodell later defended the actions of the refs. “Although League rules confine their language specifically to the craft and art of the theatre, strictly regulating the use of stage properties, period costumes, and the various stage configurations historically associated with that delightful art form—including football in the round, thrust-stage football and “environmental” football, where the players actually engage the audience in an immediate, visceral experience by actually playing the game in the stands and dealing body-crushing blocks and tackles on the spectators—the spirit of the rules clearly include, by implication, film properties as well, including all of the accoutrements, accessories and technology of that magical and ultimately mysterious medium.”

“It was all in good fun,” said Owens, who was subsequently fined $500 for talking.

(by j.h.)


UF Student Arrested at Kerry Forum

September 19, 2007

This story is already being spun by the AP–video clips edited together out of order to make it look like this college student was belligerent and out of line. Watch this for the true order of events. After Andrew Meyer is cuffed, tasered, and taken out of the auditorium, the Florida police say he was trying to incite a riot. Is that what it looks like to you?

“Whatever happened, the police had a reason, had made their decision that there was something they needed to do. Then it’s a law enforcement issue, not mine,” [Kerry] told The Associated Press in Washington.

Kerry posted a response on his web site in which he states he did not know Meyer was tasered, and claims Meyer barged to the front of the line to ask his questions.