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    Dana Millbank has been a rock of integrity throughout these sorry years, and withstood some serious pressure from the White House to discredit him in the eyes of his bosses.  The front of the paper is now dependable again, though it's going to be long time before I forget just how much water they carried for BushCo. from 1999 through late last year.

    I might point out that Book World under the editorship of Rose Arana has also been disgracefully negligent in vetting its reviewers for conflicts of interest in a way that has been grossly unfair to non-conservative, non-GOP authors.  Two notorious examples are having David Brock's Blinded By The Right reviewed by an American Spectator writer who was actually mentioned (briefly and unfavorably) in Brock's book!  Eric Alterman's most recent book on BushCo. was given to James Pinkerton, who worked for Bush the First.  Recently, there was a sleazy hit piece by Evan Thomas against Joseph Wilson's book that didn't even bother to address the substance of Wilson's charges against the Bush administration and Robert Novak.  Just for old times sake, here's a link to an old Daily Howler piece discussing Jonathan Yardley's trashing of memoirs by Sidney Blumenthal and Hillary Clinton (Yardley, the WaPo big-name literary critic, is married to Ms. Arana).  The Yardley piece Somersby discusses is all too typical of the sort of reviews Book World publishes for books written by Democratic politicians, or journalists from the Port side of the political spectrum.  

    Four months ago, Yardley did pleasantly shock me with a laudatory review of Kevin Phillips anti-Bush American Dynasty, which I wrote about in a diary entry.  I had hoped at the time that his wife would stop allowing the publication of these hit pieces, but when I read the aforementioned E. Thomas review that was published in (I believe) the May 16 Book World, my hopes were dashed.

    "[A] great empire and little minds go ill together." - Edmund Burke

    "History. We don't know. We'll all be dead." - G. Bush, II, The Son King

    by JJB on Wed May 26, 2004 at 08:07:08 AM PDT

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    •  Oooopps! (none)
      Ms. Arana's first name is Marie, not Rose.

      "[A] great empire and little minds go ill together." - Edmund Burke

      "History. We don't know. We'll all be dead." - G. Bush, II, The Son King

      by JJB on Wed May 26, 2004 at 08:17:26 AM PDT

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