Sunday, March 30, 2003

Joan Ryan: 'Don't touch that dial'

Topic: Hate Radio

By Joan Ryan, San Francisco Chronicle

GOOD MORNING. I'm Pat Riotic, your host on the Excess in Broadcasting network. Regular listeners know I am not an angry person. But this morning every red-blooded cell in my star-spangled body is trembling with indignation at what I've been hearing and seeing.

You know what I'm talking about, folks: the rightist, conservative traitors who pollute our public airwaves with un-American rhetoric.

Let's not mince words. Let's call these so-called talk-show hosts what they are: anti-American subversives. They are extremists who claim to love America but clearly hate it and all it stands for.

Have you listened to this claptrap? They insist everyone in America speak with one voice, and whoever doesn't fall in step with the government's version of things is disloyal.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

TalkLeft: Iowa Town May Make Lying A Crime

The people of this town in Iowa have far too much time on their hands. Maybe they could volunteer some of it a constructive way, rather than coming up with hare-brained ideas like passing a law to make lying a crime. [link via Arthur Silber at Light of Reason]:

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Channels of Influence

By and large, recent pro-war rallies haven't drawn nearly as many people as antiwar rallies, but they have certainly been vehement. One of the most striking took place after Natalie Maines, lead singer for the Dixie Chicks, criticized President Bush: a crowd gathered in Louisiana to watch a 33,000-pound tractor smash a collection of Dixie Chicks CD's, tapes and other paraphernalia. To those familiar with 20th-century European history it seemed eerily reminiscent of. . . . But as Sinclair Lewis said, it can't happen here.

Who has been organizing those pro-war rallies? The answer, it turns out, is that they are being promoted by key players in the radio industry — with close links to the Bush administration.

The CD-smashing rally was organized by KRMD, part of Cumulus Media, a radio chain that has banned the Dixie Chicks from its playlists. Most of the pro-war demonstrations around the country have, however, been organized by stations owned by Clear Channel Communications, a behemoth based in San Antonio that controls more than 1,200 stations and increasingly dominates the airwaves.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

‘Pearl Harbor in Reverse’
Arthur Schlesinger, former JFK confidant and the country’s preeminent liberal historian, views America’s war on Iraq with “deep gloom”
By Brian Braiker
March 22 — “The bane of ideology,” wrote Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. in his 1986 book “The Cycles of American History,” “is that it exalts abstractions over human beings. It impoverishes our sense of reality, and it impoverishes our imagination, too.” Schlesinger knows a few things about ideology and its role in history: In 1962 the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and advisor to President John F. Kennedy witnessed first-hand the tense unfolding and peaceful resolution of the Cuban missile crisis. Today he is witnessing “with deep gloom” what he calls a dangerous shift in American foreign policy towards the ideological.
APJ FOX Watch: Journalistic Misconduct by Two FOX News Analysts -- And What You Can Do About It

By Scoobie Davis
From Wampum Blog: A plea for action...
As I suggested two weeks ago, the latest move by Senator Frist to push through legislation indemnifying Eli Lilly and other pharmaceutical campaign contributors might in all actuality be worse than the provision tacked onto the Homeland Security Legislation last fall, but removed in January, at the behest of my own Maine Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Well, it is in fact worse. Much worse.

The language tacked onto the Homeland Security Bill originated from Senator Frist's earlier failed attempt to modify the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: That last-minute provision asserted that the mercury-based vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which had been concluded to be an adulterant by various courts, was instead a vaccine ingredient, and thus all potential injuries sustained by mercury in vaccines had to first go through the NVICP. The problem with this was that vaccine law crafted in the mid-1980s which established the NVICP was not clear as to whether claims which were no longer able to be submitted to the Vaccine Court, due to a three year statute of limitations, could then be addressed in civil court. This was particularly relevant, as the "lag-time" between first symptoms and diagnosis of many neurological disorders, including autism, PDD and ADD/ADHD is more than three years. So families were concerned, particularly as new studies might come out implicating mercury in neurological conditions, that they would be closed out of both the Vaccine as well as civil courts.
Mark Evanier has "ONE MORE THOUGHT on the booing (or not) of Michael Moore's remarks. The prevailing thought throughout Hollywood today seems to be that the booing heard on the telecast was more from stagehands than Academy members. It's all a function of where the microphones are. The ones over the audience are pretty far away from them. If Jack Nicholson stood up and screamed in the middle of the ceremony, you probably wouldn't hear it too well at home -- perhaps not at all. But the stage crew, which tends more towards the conservative side, knows where the open mikes are. Some of them, knowing what Moore was likely to say, may even have moved into position to register disapproval. Apparently, a couple of them did give the filmmaker a pretty rough time backstage, as per Steve Martin's comments. This may explain why Moore, in backstage interviews, said he only heard about five people booing. They may not have been booing down front."

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Saturday, March 15, 2003

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Vetting the watchdogs
"What Liberal Media?" is a well-documented, even-tempered and witty answer, I might say antidote, to such toxic recent bestsellers as Bernard Goldberg's "Bias," that essay in insult and self-justification that George Bush the Younger made a point of displaying to the TV cameras, and Ann Coulter's venomous, invective-laden and fact-challenged "Slander." In Alterman's view, much if not most of the bias and slander come from the right.
Just War — or a Just War?
As a Christian and as a president who was severely provoked by international crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the principles of a just war, and it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack on Iraq does not meet these standards. This is an almost universal conviction of religious leaders, with the most notable exception of a few spokesmen of the Southern Baptist Convention who are greatly influenced by their commitment to Israel based on eschatological, or final days, theology. - Oil war: 23 years in the making
"The only precedent to what is shaping up now is the Roman Empire,'' says Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College. "There is only one power. I don't think Britain, France or Spain even came close in other centuries to the United States today.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Many thanks to Patrick Nielsen Hayden for the assist with customizing this page. But I still couldn't figure out how to construct a real blogroll, alas.