The recurring theme

Betsy Newmark is wondering what David Broder is all about as he writes that - oh, gosh - John Roberts' life might have been a little too insulated - he may not have lived enough in the "real world."Despite his youthful summer jobs in the steel mills at Burns Harbor, Ind., where his dad was an executive, Roberts has led a sheltered life, absorbed in the law. Private Catholic schools, Harvard, appointed jobs in the White House and Justice Department, a million-dollar-a-year corporate practice, … [Read more...]

The press are lost and uncomprehending

A VOICE FROM THE PRESS: Mr. Blair, aren't these attacks your fault, because of your foreign policy?John Howard: No self-respecting government of any political stripe would allow that (letting terrorists dictate policies) to happen...May I remind you that the murder of 88 Australians in Bali occurred before operations in Iraq?...May I remind you that Sept. 11 happened before Iraq? May I remind you that the first time Al Qaeda referred specifically to Australia was in regard to the liberation … [Read more...]

Cooper’s kids are alright. Are Rove’s?

In analyzing why, in the 2004 election, all the media interest in President Bush's Air National Guard service seemed to make no difference, the Washington Post's TV critic, Tom Shales wrote: "It's common knowledge that Bush was a spoiled little rich boy who did not serve with any great distinction, so this story wasn't exactly a blockbuster."Think about that for a minute."It's common knowledge that Bush was a spoiled little rich boy..."Let's think about this: George W. Bush had no … [Read more...]

Ed Morrissey has the last word on Nadagate

Or, in a sane world, it would be the last word. But there is little that is sane, or intellectually honest in 21st Century American political discourse.Nevertheless, Captain Ed - wearing his Daily Standard Cap - seems quite in his wits, with this piece, and one can only add please God, make someone - anyone - on the left stand up and say, "yes...this overblown story is absurd."I'm not counting on it, though. Meanwhile, Greg Pierce notes - sigh - more double standards in how the press deals … [Read more...]

Varifrank translates Wilson/Plame

Basically it comes down to:Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah an element of 'Gotcha' blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah White House misled blah blah blah like that’s news blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahOh wait – There it is - Because Rove didn't actually name the CIA agent it's not likely that he will be charged with any crime blah blah blah blah bury the lede why dontcha blah blah blah blah blah.Geez. The biggest nothing story of al … [Read more...]

Wilson/Plame, again

Like others, I'd really hoped we were done hearing about or commenting on Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, but Mike at Uncorrelated has a round-up and some commentary that really can't be ignored as he wonders -as many have wondered - why no one is talking about the apparent conspiracy that had a CIA agent and former ambassador working together (and hard) to file a report which - upon investigation - has proved false, false, false?Wilson/Plame conspired to create a false intelligence … [Read more...]

We will correct ourselves promptly…but admitting nothing

That seems to be the new policy at the LA Times. Patterico has the story and you'll want to check back to see if the LA Times answers him...and what they make as their excuse. … [Read more...]

Kill the Medics, Kill the Journalists!

This seems to me like it oughta be a much bigger deal. Trey at Jackson's Junction brings us insurgents on video and they are pre-tty darned chilling.But, I guess if you are trying to portray the US military as the bad guys, (they mistreat prisoners, they target journalists!) you don't have the time or the inclination to show the real bad guys, unfiltered.No...let's just talk some more about Karl Rove and the fantasies of a disappointed left, Mr. Russert. THAT certainly matters. … [Read more...]

Betsy is making a New Mark

Arghghgghh! Okay, forgive the dreadful pun - I am just finally finding a bit of down time in a very busy day - and the first thing I wanted to do was connect you (if you have not seen it already) to this really well-done (and very fair) feature (the COVER STORY, no less) in the Washington Post magazine which brings together two intelligent female bloggers, Barbara O' Brian of Mahablog and Betsy Newmark of Betsy's Page.Writer David von Drehle had both women journey to Washington D.C. and … [Read more...]

So, in 1999 ABC agreed there was a connection…

Innnnnnteresting.Roger L. Simon links to an audio report from ABC news, circa 1999 - where the connections between Saddam and Osama, and Saddam's harboring of terrorists was all "understood..."UPDATE: Roger Simon has a tape you should listen to...broadcasts journalists doing in depth reporting on the connections between Osama and Saddam...and on how Iraq harbored terrorists.What was it that Bush said, after 9/11..."if you harbor terrorists..."Powerline links to ABC video reporting on the … [Read more...]