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October 31, 2003
You hear about it all the time from the right wingers. Imagine how they would have howled if it had turned out that Howell Raines had, during his tenure at the New York Times, actually issued a daily morning memo instructing his staff how various stories should be spun to best fit his prejudices.
Well, it turns out thatís exactly what Fox News has been doing, according to a letter on Romenesko. Certainly we can expect those same champions of objective media to roar with outrage about this, right?
Well, probably not.
My advice to the pundits: If you really want to know about bias at Fox, talk to the grunts who work there - the desk assistants, tape editors, writers, researchers and assorted producers who have to deal with it every day. Ask enough of them what goes on, promise them anonymity, and you'll get the real story.
In the unlikely event that I have any moles within the bowels of Fox, they should certainly feel free to leak a few of the morning memos to this site.
October 30, 2003
Via email from the man himself, the word has been delivered: Neal Pollack is declaring Tuesday "Luskin is a stalker" day. Details to come. And don't forget to watch him (Neal, that is) on the Daily Show tonight.
Update: "LIAS" day cancelled, at request of Atrios.
October 29, 2003
What a wanker.
Is Neal Pollack back from his tour yet? I think this calls for his patented brand of rabble rousing. "Donald Luskin" day, anyone?
Update: Atrios has a roundup of responses. I believe what we are witnessing here is Luskin's meltdown, the moment at which he becomes a laughingstock even to those inclined to agree with him. It's the sound of one man's credibility flushing down a toilet.
He has, in short, just made a motorcycle jump over a shark tank.
Update: a reader informs me that Fonzie actually made a water ski jump over the infamous shark tank. And Neal Pollack emails to let me know that he's still on tour, but will try to post something next week. And speaking of Neal, he says he'll be on the Daily Show tonight.
Update two: Neal suggests next Tuesday be declared "Luskin is a stalker" day on the blogs. I know some other bloggers are pushing for tomorrow. Is there any consensus on this? (Or maybe, when you think about it, every day is "Luskin is a stalker" day...)
October 28, 2003
I hope none of you were so naive as to believe the Liar-in-Chief when he claimed that that "Mission Accomplished" banner was just something put up by the sailors, and the administration had nothing to do with it. I hope you're intelligent enough to understand that the Liar-in-Chief doesn't friggin sneeze without Karl Rove focus-grouping it.
Bush Disavows Mission Accomplished Banner
Morning afterthought: actually "focus grouping" isn't quite right. It's more about their obsessive attention to stagecraft. I mean, these people turned the aircraft carrier around in order to get the best light for Bush's speech. If you believe they just let the sailors hang up some banner without vetting it ten ways from Sunday, well, it brings us back to the proverbial bridge for sale.
I don't do comments
An alert reader informs me that some piece of shit is signing my (pen) name to comments on other blog message boards. It's not me, kids. You see my name, pen or otherwise, on somebody's board, it just means some asshole is playing games.
October 27, 2003
I'm still recovering from the trip and trying to catch up on work and so on, but I wanted to post this in case you haven't seen it yet.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Car bombers struck the international Red Cross headquarters and three police stations across Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 35 people and injuring more than 200 in a spree of destruction that terrorized the Iraqi capital on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Bring it on, indeed.
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