Thursday, September 07, 2006
One Leak and a Flood of SillinessRead the whole thing. Broder brings up a couple of the more egregious examples of media hatred toward Karl Rove and the Bush administration.
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post
For much of the past five years, dark suspicions have been voiced about the Bush White House undermining its critics, and Karl Rove has been fingered as the chief culprit in this supposed plot to suppress the opposition.
Now at least one count in that indictment has been substantially weakened -- the charge that Rove masterminded a conspiracy to discredit Iraq intelligence critic Joseph Wilson by "outing" his CIA-operative wife, Valerie Plame.
But caution has been notably lacking in some of the press treatment of this subject -- especially when it comes to Karl Rove. And it behooves us in the media to examine that behavior, not just sweep it under the rug.
[Some] owe Karl Rove an apology. And all of journalism needs to relearn the lesson: Can the conspiracy theories and stick to the facts. (link)
All should take Broder's admonition to heart. They won't, but they should.
And don't you dare say anything to the contrary:
Key word being drama.
BUBBA GOES BALLISTIC ON ABC ABOUT ITS DAMNING 9/11 MOVIE
By Ian Bishop, New York Post Correspondent
September 7, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - A furious Bill Clinton is warning ABC that its mini-series "The Path to 9/11" grossly misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden - and he is demanding the network "pull the drama" if changes aren't made.
"The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely," the four-page letter said. (link)
I hadn't planned on watching the show, not because I have an aversion to reminiscing about Clinton's antics all those many years ago or reflecting on the fact that the most important achievement of his administration had nothing to do with terrorism but with trigger locks, I just rarely watch network television.
But now that the slickster has voiced his outrage ...
The movie is set to air on Sunday and Monday nights.
A Safe House for the Girl Within" ... when gender was more tightly tethered to biology."
By Penelope Green
THERE was a pilot and a businessman, an accountant, a librarian and a pharmacologist. There was a newspaper publisher, and a court translator. By day, they were the men in the gray flannel suits, but on the weekends, they were Felicity, Cynthia, Gail, Sandy, Fiona, Virginia and Susanna. It was the dawn of the 1960’s, yet they wore their late 50’s fashions with awkward pride: the white gloves, the demure dresses and low heels, the stiff wigs. Many were married with children, or soon would be. In those pre-Judith Butler, pre-Phil Donahue days, when gender was more tightly tethered to biology, these men’s “gender migrations,” or “gender dysphoria,” as the sociologists began to call cross-dressing, might cost them their marriages, their jobs, their freedom. (link)
The New York Times: Untethered and loose on the streets.