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Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 01:31 PM PDT

NPR Mics Up a Repub Lobbyist

by captainahab

On today's Talk of the Nation (audio not yet available), Lynn Neery hosted a segment called This Angry Moment and the Political Divide. It was about, wouldn't you know it, the angry response to health care reform.

She introduced one guest, George Nethercutt, as a former Republican congressman from Washington. Sadly, it took a commenter in the forum part of the Web site to point out that Nethercutt is a lobbyist in business with J. Steven Griles, of Abramoff fame. Hmmm...maybe that explains his talking points.

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What would we know about Sanford if not for the intrepid reporters at The State? They had the emails, she met him as he got off the frackin' plane, and now, they're helping hold fellow journalists tools with press passes accountable. Let's show The State some love.

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Cross-posted at Fathered Five

On its face, it's a good idea: maintain a database of fathers so that estranged fathers can be consulted in case of adoption. It helps protect the rights of fathers, right? Mothers can't just give the child up for adoption without the father's agreement.

But the devil is in the details, and these details are straight from the hellish imagination of a damn strange devil. Meet him below the fold.

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Ok, maybe the question in the title is a bit optimistic. But consider the headlines over the last year or so: Rocky calls for impeachment, BYU students protest Cheney, Rocky vs. Hannity debate sells out in under 2 hours...(I was sure there were more.) But those three stories alone could not have surfaced in Utah 10 years ago.

What does that have to do with the Devil and brown people? Well, perhaps for the first time in Utah history, someone who publicly squawks about the devil is today made to look absurd. See who and how and learn about Satan's Great Plot below the fold.

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Don't miss Glenn Greenwald today. He turns Charles "because-I-have-more gravitas-than-you" Krauthammer into a wad of shapeless gack lying in the road.

The flood of posts here and all over the blogosphere tut-tutting collective American and media curiosity with Cho have been exactly right, imo. In a just world, the sick bastard would have gained a bare mention and then quickly been forgotten. But he got his own morning show, instead. Enter Krauthammer, chief finger wagger.

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According to a D.C. Craigslist ad. It's part time and you can telecommute from NMI, Belize, or the wireless hotspot of your choice.

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If only Carl Bernstein and not Bobby Look-at-my-access Woodward were the more prominent and visible of the two, the country may not have taken six years to begin to scratch the Bush itch.

ViaEditor and Publisher, we learn that Bernstein believes Bush has done far greater damage than Nixon.
h/t to Huffpo

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Friedman. Beinart. Zakaria. RadarOnline dissects the hawkish pre-invasion positions of these (allegedly) leftist pundits, showing how they were not just wrong, but french-kissing-your-mother-in-law, MilliVanilli-Emmy wrong on every fucking utterance. But the kicker is Radar's exposure of their post-invasion career success. Quite simply, they're selling the blood on their hands for top dollar.

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Chris Ahearn, President of Reuters Media, posts this intriguing bit at Huffington today. Reuters is throwing $100k behind a project supporting a media by and for the people. I hope the transformation of the media is about to speed up. Money quotes below the fold.
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 09:43 PM PDT

Editing John Yoo

by captainahab

I'm a technical writer. I translate unintelligible gobbledygook into language that makes sense. I help people and companies stay on message and communicate accurately and precisely. So when I accepted a freelance job from John Yoo to edit his USA Today article, (yeah, I know, but it pays the bills) I figured it was a routine brush and polish. I should have known better. The draft was a load of unsupported claims and footstomping reiterating the same line Yoo and Abu Gonzalez have been spouting from the beginning.  Below the fold, the article as it was returned to me with my edits and suggestions redacted. He included a snooty hand written note: "Only patriots work for me." I guess I won't get that next job from him.
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This topic deserves more time and attention than I can give to it, but no other diaries have even touched it, so here goes. Maybe the commenters can flesh it out.

There was a GREAT story on NPR's Marketplace today about a luxury fishing trip held each year in AK and attended by congresscritters in droves.

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Tue May 23, 2006 at 10:37 AM PDT

Open letter to Truthout.org

by captainahab

Dear Mr. Ash,

I am writing this letter because we need you in the longer fight. You see, it's not just about Rove or Leopold or anonymous sources. It's about Jeff Gannon, Media Matters, ePluribus Media, Democracy Now!, Salon.com, (and many more) and the power of blogs to shape the national conversation. Publish a retraction, Mr. Ash, and do it now.

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