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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Your Normal Double Standard

I'm looking for the New York Times report exposing Rick Kaplan's unethical interactions with then-President Bill Clinton back in the 90's, including the sleepovers in the Clinton White House. The Rick Kaplan who is Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News and who was Executive Producer of ABC's World News Tonight, and who ran both CNN and MSNBC.

Why? Well, it turns out that a politician associating with a news network head is some kind of scandal:
In Fox News, Giuliani Finds a Friendly Stage
By Russ Buettner, The New York Times

Roger Ailes and Rudolph W. Giuliani have been pulling for each other for nearly two decades.

Now these allies and friends find themselves on largely uncharted political turf. Mr. Giuliani, 63, is a leading Republican candidate for president. Mr. Ailes, 67, is head of Fox News, the pre-eminent media outlet for likely voters in a Republican primary.

Whether their friendship would ever affect coverage — Fox insists that it has not and will not — it is nonetheless the sort of relationship that other campaigns have noted, though none wanted to speak publicly for fear of offending the station.
Despite my best google efforts, I can't seem to find a similar story about the many relationships that existed between executives at CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC and the Clintons ever having appeared in the Times ...

... but I did find this:
Longtime Friend of Bill Clinton to Produce the CBS Evening News

The AP reported Wednesday night that CBS News will announce Thursday that Rick Kaplan, a former Executive Producer of ABC's World News Tonight and Nightline who later ran both CNN and MSNBC, will become the Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Kaplan has had a long record of friendly relations with former President Bill Clinton, advising Clinton on how to respond to the Gennifer Flowers scandal in 1992 and blocking anti-Clinton stories from appearing on Nightline. Kaplan has also been hostile to conservatives and once even declared that disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather's "legacy" was "the gold standard journalists today have struggled to live up to."
It seems odd that only now this sort of interaction becomes noteworthy.

Food For Thought

From Emmett Tyrrell:
James Taranto, the very clever Wall Street Journal writer and editor of opinionjournal.com, has a thesis regarding our political culture. He believes that the liberals are victims of their own cultural hegemony. They say things that are quite inaccurate.

Their inaccuracies are repeated by their intellectual look-alikes throughout the culture. They reread their inaccuracies and are roundly confirmed in their ignorance. Conservatives think the liberal opposition is composed of liars or suave deceivers. Actually our liberals are sincere in their ignorant beliefs. Grant them at least this much.
"Smog Of Oblivion," The New York Sun, August 1, 2007

Is It Thursday Already?

The Washington Post this morning calls for an investigation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Brushing Away Gnats

The Democrats in Congress are trying their darndest to make an issue out of those U.S. attorney firings that occurred sometime last century (if you're not familiar with the effort, you ain't alone). And their opponents just won't play along.

Bush Cans Rove Subpoena

August 2, 2007 -- Citing executive privilege, President Bush yesterday rejected a subpoena for adviser Karl Rove to testify this morning at the Senate Judiciary Committee's probe into the firing of nine federal prosecutors.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who approved the firings, faces a possible perjury investigation over the truthfulness of his testimony to Congress. (link)
One might think that the Democrats disapprove of Gonzales's approval of the firings, but that's really not the case. They simply disapprove of Gonzales - and his boss.

That's all this brouhaha is about. Nothing more.

Quote Of The Day

Andrea Peyser, on the "breast-feed gestapo":
Breast-feeding "decreases breast and ovarian cancer in the mother. There's less postpartum depression, more bonding and less child abuse," said a pleasant "breast-feeding coordinator" named Dianne Velez.

Then, she said, "They have higher IQs! The IQs of breast-fed babies are 1 to 2 points higher."

Wow. That was enough to make this mother feel guilty for yanking the breast before my kid hit 16.
"Breast-Feed Gestapo In a Milk 'Bilk'," (New York Post) August 2, 2007


From Ralph Peters:

Bluster of Berserk Barack

August 2, 2007 -- Earlier in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama just sounded naive. Yesterday, he sounded frightening.

In a speech long on bluster and short on common sense, Obama called, yet again, for withdrawing our troops from Iraq and letting al Qaeda declare victory. But he's not a peacenik: He wants to use those forces to invade Pakistan.

The only thing Obama accomplished with his wild-eyed pistol-waving yesterday was to make his primary opponent, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, sound like a serious wartime leader. (link)
Obama calls for the invasion of Pakistan.

Just goes to show: Not all bimbos are blonde white chicks.

He'd Do Better If He Invaded Chappaqua

This may be why Barack Obama has decided that the United States of America should invade Pakistan:

Hill Romping By 21 Points
By Maggie Haberman, The New York Post

August 2, 2007 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has opened a 21-point lead over Sen. Barack Obama in the race to be the Democratic nominee for president, a poll found.

Clinton leads Obama, her closest rival, 43 percent to 22 percent, in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

That represents a huge gain over the 14-point lead she had in a poll in June. (link)

He's getting his ass handed to him. So he announces his plan to invade a close ally in the war on terror.

Do you have a Plan B there, Barack?

It's About Time

The New York Times finally fessing up?

"[A]ll of us who care about journalism, will be watching for any sign that news coverage is being slanted to curry political or economic favor." (link)

Well, after a second reading, it appears that the editorialists at the Times aren't referring to the slanted news that routinely appears on the front page of their paper. They're only going to be "watching" to see if Rupert Murdoch will be doing what the editors of the Times routinely do.

Democrats Take Charge. Taxes Going Up.

As expected, the Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to raise taxes on America's poor yesterday so as to be able to extend health benefits to the children of America's middle class. The shameful news:
House Passes Children’s Health Plan 225-204
By Robert Pear, The New York Times

Washington, Aug. 1 — Over angry Republican objections, the House on Wednesday passed a sweeping expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, financed with increases in tobacco taxes and cuts in subsidies to private Medicare insurance plans for older Americans.

The bill embodies the Democrats’ vision for health care, taking a step toward the goal of universal coverage while reversing what they see as Republican efforts to “privatize Medicare.” (link)
You smoke? You live in Southwest Virginia? You vote?

Rick Boucher is included among those who decided to raise your taxes. You might want to file that in the memory banks.