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August 23, 2004

After the Swift Boat attack ads, Kerry swiped back, calling on Bush to denounce the ads. Bush, using his clever Texas strategery, wouldn't denounce the ads except as part of a broader criticism of 527s. 527s are groups like MoveOn and the Swift Boaters, which raise money and buy ads that don't explicitly support one candidate or another.

After this attack, many liberal bloggers are disingenuously claiming that Bush is trying to ban political speech, or that he's being a hypocrite. That's got nothing to do with nothing. Liberal 527s have raised way more money and have been way more pro-active than conservative ones. So Bush is pretending to be calling for a dignified campaign, when he's really trying to get Kerry to give up his own advantage. It's like a kid on crutches saying "no fair, if we're gonna race, we should all have broken legs."

Or, as Mark Kleiman brilliantly put it, "I'll ask my friends to stop lying about John Kerry, if he will ask his friends to stop telling the truth about me."

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Just a nit. MoveOn is a PAC, not a 527

Posted by: Bones at August 23, 2004 09:22 PM

Absolutely right. I'm shocked people are seeing the Bush spin here. Just another typical Bush-ism.

Posted by: Michael at August 24, 2004 05:26 AM

Mark Kleiman is brilliant??!! What a dope!! Kerry has already had to admit that he wasn't in Cambodia during Christmas, as was reported as being 'seared' in his memory in his biography. In fact, the author of said biography is already doing a re-write on that chapter for future editions, as he realizes Kerry was fabricating that story as the Swift boat vets pointed out. It's obvious that it's Kerry who has been lying to the American public, and it seems the American public is catching on. The Left has no problem with spewing hate speech and creating anti-Bush media pieces that are full of complete fabrications like the Moore shlock-u-mentory. They attract like-minded individuals of shallow intellect. Fortunately, the Right doesn't resort to the same tactics, and thus appeals to those interested in the unmitigated truth. Kerry has been exposed, the Left has been exposed, and it is driving them ballistic. The Democrats and their supporters have run an attack campaign from the beginning, and that was okay with them, until some Americans Vets banded together to dispute Kerry's fictional 'recollections' of his service. Now Kerry has threatened lawsuits to any media outlet that tells the 'other' side of the story. Sounds like the right of Freedom of Speech applies only to the Left, as far as they are concerned. Wake up people!

Posted by: Factfinder at August 24, 2004 01:27 PM

FactFinder- and one tiny change about where he was 35 years ago makes him not qualified as President? The SwiftVets have been shot down, as they are full of contradictory lies. Check out the bottom half of this chart: http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2004/08/19/politics/campaign/20040820swift_graph.gif

Oh and libel and slander aren't protected speech.

We don't even know wher Bush was when he dint show for his medical exam. Oh wait that happened 35 years ago, too. So on to the present! Bush has spent so wildly, thought they were the fiscal conservatives, and mind you only $14B of the $1560 B of the new spending went to the military/Iraq. The rest domestic programs. His immigration policy- hugely anti-conservative.

But most of all he has imprisioned Jose Padilla, a 3-rd generation US citizen with no charge, access to a lawyer, indefinatly. That is against the consitutuion. In fact it violates Title 18, section 4001(a) of the U.S. Code. It states, "No citizen shall be imprisoned or otherwise detained by the United States except pursuant to an Act of Congress."--All that happened was W signed a piece of paper, that's it, no congress involved.

They knew exactly where the stockpiles of WMD are but can't find a single one-pre-1991 Sarin in the hands of a terrorists that Saddam ironically kept at bay dioesn't count. No link to Saddam, who Reagen and Bush Sr. supported his brutal killings of the Kurds in 88 with a gift of $1.2B in military funds. The economy's in the crapper (poverty went up under him after a straight 8 year decline), he'll be the first president to reside over a job loss since Hoover. Unemployment went up way up, even before 9/11.

Oh and he opposed HomeLand Security, and an investigation into the worst attack on US Soil in 50 years- 9/11. To quote a usually lame and non-investigative CNN:

"The State Department officially released its annual terrorism report just a little more than an hour ago, but unlike last year, there's no extensive mention of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. A senior State Department official tells CNN the U.S. government made a mistake in focusing so much energy on bin Laden and 'personalizing terrorism.'" -- CNN, 4/30/2001.

wait wait- mistake focusingon bin Laden?? Paul Bremer, Reagen's top counter-terror aide said thr only criticism of Clinton's terorr was he focused too much on Bin Laden as well. Bush did jackshit about terror in his first 9 months- and gave $43 muillion to the Taliban because they stopped growing those magical "opium flowers"- when ther UN was pressing sanctions because they wouldnt hand over bin Laden.

Puch.

Posted by: Buddy at August 25, 2004 07:56 AM

I'm going to say something that may be shocking. Both the Left and Right engage in these sort of things. Wow, what a revelation! I always find it amusing that people are so caught up in political dichotomies to the point of self-delusion.

Posted by: Eric at August 25, 2004 07:22 PM

And I wish both wings of capitalism with their emphasis on trivialities (who's a war hero, who banged whom, etc.) would crash and burn. And that's the unmitigated truth!

Posted by: Eric at August 25, 2004 07:25 PM

oi to that brother!

Posted by: Buddy at August 25, 2004 08:27 PM
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December 01, 2004

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The Great Indecency Hoax- last week, we wrote about how the "massive outcry" to the FCC about a racy Fox TV segment amounted to letters from 20 people. This week, we look at the newest media scandal, the infamous "naked back" commercial. On Monday Night Football, last week, ABC aired an ad for it's popular "Desperate Housewives" TV show, in which one of the actresses from the show attempted to seduce a football player by removing the towel she was wearing to bare her body to him. All the audience saw, however, was her back. No tits, no ass, no crotch, just her back.

No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

Every Damned Weblog Post Ever- it's funny cuz it's true.

Wikipedia Creators Move Into News- Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created collectively by thousands of contributors. It's one of those non-profit, decentralized, collective, public projects that show how good the internet can be. Now, the Wikipedia founders are working on a similar project to create a collaborative news portal, with original content. Honestly, it's quite similar to IndyMedia sites (which reminds me, happy 5th birthday, IndyMedia!). I'll admit, I'm a bit skeptical about the Wikinews project, though. IndyMedia sites work because they're local, focused on certain lefty issues, and they're run by activists invested in their beliefs. I'm not sure what would drive Wikinews or how it would hang together.

CBS, NBC ban church ad inviting gays- the United Church of Christ created a TV ad which touts the church's inclusion, even implying that they accept homosexuals into their congregation. Both CBS and NBC are refusing to air the ad. This is not too surprising, as many Americans are uncomfortable about homosexuality, and because TV networks are utter cowards. But CBS' explanation for the ban was odd:

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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