Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Networks continue to ignore NY Times ' military analyst story, but all find time for Hannah Montana
Since The New York Times reported on the hidden ties between media military analysts and the Pentagon on April 20, the three major broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, and NBC -- have still not mentioned the report at all, according to a Media Matters for America search* of the Nexis news database. Times reporter David Barstow wrote that "the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform" these military analysts, many of whom have clients with an interest in obtaining Pentagon contracts, "into a kind of media Trojan horse -- an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks." As Media Matters noted, the three networks also reportedly declined to participate in a segment on the April 24 edition of PBS' NewsHour regarding the Times story; Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC also refused to appear in the PBS segment.Post a Million!
Have You Left No Sense Of Decency?
If the corporate media had been as diligent about watchdogging President Bush as they have been about watchdogging Reverend Wright, it's very likely we wouldn't have invaded Iraq.This article reminded me that Wright is by no means the wackiest of the wacko's out there.
If the corporate media had spent as much time exposing the obvious flaws and grotesque inequalities of Reaganomics throughout the last 30 years as they've spent on Wright, we wouldn't necessarily be staring into the maw of another depression.
We expect to see this sort of race-baiting behavior from Fox News Channel, but CNN and MSNBC have, once again, similarly crossed the tabloid threshold into the very same nefarious Roger Ailes realm by beating this nothing story to death.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Bush calls out Congress on economy
Speaking at a White House Rose Garden news conference, Bush said Congress has not passed legislation that he proposed to help ease the effects of the economic slump.And STILL we wonder why this imbecilic criminal and his cronies have not been impeached, indicted, sentenced and dealt with by our legal system. Now, rather than acknowledging the disastrous errors of his ways, he tries blaming others and denying the reality that is his legacy.
"I've repeatedly submitted proposals to help address these problems, yet time after time Congress chose to block them," said Bush.
Bush said Congress failed to pass bills that expand safe oil exploration and build new refineries that would help to reduce energy prices. The president said his proposal... [...more of the usual, nonsensical bush babbling]
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Republicans push for phone company immunity
Republican politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives failed last month to persuade Democratic leaders to back a spy law rewrite that would immunize telecommunications companies that cooperated with allegedly illegal government spying. Now they're trying to force the issue.Honor Amongst Thieves?
On Wednesday, a number of Republican leaders, including Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.), began circulating what's known as a "discharge" petition, which they characterized as a "rare step." If they obtain 218 signatures from their colleagues, they say the Democratic leadership will be forced to schedule a vote on a version of the bill passed by the U.S. Senate in February that would likely wipe out pending lawsuits against AT&T and other phone companies accused of illegal cooperation with the National Security Agency.
It is rather depressing to watch these highbinders going through gyrations trying to cover up and protect their coconspirators.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Bush fuel-economy rules called an 'assault' on states' standards
When the Bush administration announced proposed regulations today to raise fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to 31.6 miles per gallon by 2015, even some environmentalists applauded. But then they read the fine print.Whether mis-managing a baseball team in Texas or our whole country from Washington, everything this sleaze bag and his cronies are involved with has an air of corruption, immorality, or outright criminality.
Tucked deep into a 417-page "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" was language by the Transportation Department stating that more stringent limits on tailpipe emissions embraced by California and 17 other states are "an obstacle to the accomplishment" of the new federal standards and are "expressly and impliedly preempted" by federal law.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown called it a "covert assault" on California's rules. Environmentalists said the language will be used by automakers in their legal challenges to two recent federal court rulings that sided with the states.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Dangerous Cattle Virus On U.S. Mainland?, Bush Administration Likely To Build New Foot And Mouth Research Facility Near Farms
The Bush administration is likely to move its research on one of the most contagious animal diseases from an isolated island laboratory off Long Island to the U.S. mainland near herds of livestock, raising concerns about a catastrophic outbreak.Once again we are boldly reminded that the real terrorists are in the White House.
Skeptical Democrats in Congress are demanding to see internal documents they believe highlight the risks and consequences of the decision. An epidemic of the disease, foot and mouth, which only affects animals, could devastate the livestock industry.