- Kossack nyceve has uncovered a serious breach of ethics on the part of three medical correspondents--Robert Bazell and Nancy Snyderman of NBC News and Susan Dentzer of PBS' NewsHour--and their participation in the AHIP [America's Health Insurance Plans] Speakers Network. Soon after nyceve's diary, AHIP deleted the three from their list. Media Matters has much more on the story. As Atrios says, time for another blogger ethics panel.
Yesterday during a discussion on the topic of newly released poll numbers that show Bush to be closing in on Richard Nixon's poll numbers at the nadir of the Watergate scandal, conservative editor and commentator Fred Barnes proved once again that the state of denial is alive and well in the Republican Party. Barnes desperately tried to paint a happy face on the dismal news, comparing the Bush Presidency to that of Abraham Lincoln and claiming that history will show that Bush the Lesser set the stage for the eventual destruction of global terrorism.
News Hounds has the video evidence of Fred Barnes' descent into insanity at the link above. Unbelievable.
- Rep. Waxman is conducting an oversight hearing on the construction of the U.S. embassy in Iraq. Here's Rory Mayberry, a former subcontractor employee for First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting Company:
"Mr. Chairman, when the airplane took off and the captain announced that we were heading to Baghdad, all you-know-what broke out on the airplane. The men started shouting, it wasn’t until the security guy working for First Kuwaiti waved an MP5 in the air that the men settled down. They realized that they had no other choice but to go to Baghdad. Let me spell it out clearly: I believe these men were kidnapped by First Kuwaiti to work at the US Embassy... I’ve read the State Department Inspector General’s report on the construction of the embassy. Mr. Chairman, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. This is a cover-up and I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity to set the record straight."
- Somebody new to beat up on at the WaPo editorial pages! At Tapped, Ben Adler posts on Robert Samuelson's obnoxious and absurd criticisms of Prius drivers and that somehow driving a hybrid is just a feel-good exercise, "showing off" that does nothing to help the overall goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Huh?
- Via Kevin, the quote of the day from Ana Marie Cox at Swampland:
You know if the Senate would just call it "legislative waterboarding" and not "oversight," I bet they could get Cheney to support it.
- Obviously The Hill is a far left hate site:
It is time for Alberto Gonzales to be replaced as attorney general of the United States. The case has grown stronger as the weeks and months of implausibility and fumbling have accumulated. After his performance on Tuesday giving testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, there can be no doubt. Gonzales has lost credibility, he contradicts himself, stumbles, and leaves Democratic and Republican members of Congress shaking their heads in disbelief."
- I first heard about this from mcmom, and then found more at Oliver's place. Last year's, and maybe the decade's, greatest feel good sports story of the underdog Boise State Bronco's incredible and cagey win in the Fiesta Bow was capped by star running back Ian Johnson proposing to his cheerleader girlfriend on the field after the game. That story has been marred by hate.
[Johnson] has hired security for his weekend wedding because of racial threats, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
The wedding is in Boise on Saturday. Ian is black, his fiance white. Ian and Chrissy, congratulations and best of luck in your future. Don't let the haters get you down.