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The New York Times Intentionally Shoots Itself in the Foot

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

Talk about being out of touch:

The marquee columnists for The New York Times’ Op-Ed page including Thomas L. Friedman, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich generate lots of interest and discussion online. Now, the paper is hoping they’ll also generate something else: cash.

Beginning Monday, the Times will begin charging $49.95 a year to people who don’t get the paper delivered at home for access to those writers as well as other columnists for the Times’ business, metro and sports sections.

It’s amazing that the newspaper that considers itself the nation’s paper of record would intentionally marginalize itself. I only read the Times’ opinion columns for laughs. There’s no way I would actually pay to read the whining of Maureen Dowd and her fellow travelers.

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ABC Gets Sandbagged

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

I didn’t watch this last night. I heard they were going to interview refugees, and figured I knew what they were going to say. Apparently, ABC thought they knew as well:

ABC News producers probably didn’t hear what they expected when they sent Dean Reynolds to the Houston Astrodome’s parking lot to get reaction to President Bush’s speech from black evacuees from New Orleans. Instead of denouncing Bush and blaming him for their plight, they praised Bush and blamed local officials. Reynolds asked Connie London: “Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?” She rejected the premise: “No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in.” She pointed out: “They had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people.”

Not one of the six people interviewed on camera had a bad word for Bush — despite Reynolds’ best efforts. Reynolds goaded: “Was there anything that you found hard to believe that he said, that you thought, well, that’s nice rhetoric, but, you know, the proof is in the pudding?” Brenda Marshall answered, “No, I didn’t,” prompting Reynolds to marvel to anchor Ted Koppel: “Very little skepticism here.”

Reynolds pressed another woman: “Did you feel that the President was sincere tonight?” She affirmed: “Yes, he was.” Reynolds soon wondered who they held culpable for the levee breaks. Unlike the national media, London did not blame supposed Bush-mandated budget cuts: “They’ve been allocated federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do.”

Read the whole thing over at Newsbusters. Great site.

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Blair Pulls the Plug on Kyoto

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

This is a huge story:

Onstage with former president Bill Clinton at a midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was going to speak with “brutal honesty” about Kyoto and global warming, and he did. And Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had some blunt talk, too.

Blair, a longtime supporter of the Kyoto treaty, further prefaced his remarks by noting, “My thinking has changed in the past three or four years.” So what does he think now? “No country, he declared, “is going to cut its growth.” That is, no country is going to allow the Kyoto treaty, or any other such global-warming treaty, to crimp — some say cripple — its economy.

Looking ahead to future climate-change negotiations, Blair said of such fast-growing countries as India and China, “They’re not going to start negotiating another treaty like Kyoto.” India and China, of course, weren’t covered by Kyoto in the first place, which was one of the fatal flaws in the treaty. But now Blair is acknowledging the obvious: that after the current Kyoto treaty — which the US never acceded to — expires in 2012, there’s not going to be another worldwide deal like it.

Kyoto is dead. Now maybe we can get on to something more realistic, and more in keeping with science.

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The New York Times Intentionally Shoots Itself in the Foot

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

Talk about being out of touch:

The marquee columnists for The New York Times’ Op-Ed page including Thomas L. Friedman, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich generate lots of interest and discussion online. Now, the paper is hoping they’ll also generate something else: cash.

Beginning Monday, the Times will begin charging $49.95 a year to people who don’t get the paper delivered at home for access to those writers as well as other columnists for the Times’ business, metro and sports sections.

It’s amazing that the newspaper that considers itself the nation’s paper of record would intentionally marginalize itself. I only read the Times’ opinion columns for laughs. There’s no way I would actually pay to read the whining of Maureen Dowd and her fellow travelers.

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ABC Gets Sandbagged

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

I didn’t watch this last night. I heard they were going to interview refugees, and figured I knew what they were going to say. Apparently, ABC thought they knew as well:

ABC News producers probably didn’t hear what they expected when they sent Dean Reynolds to the Houston Astrodome’s parking lot to get reaction to President Bush’s speech from black evacuees from New Orleans. Instead of denouncing Bush and blaming him for their plight, they praised Bush and blamed local officials. Reynolds asked Connie London: “Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?” She rejected the premise: “No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in.� She pointed out: �They had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people.”

Not one of the six people interviewed on camera had a bad word for Bush — despite Reynolds’ best efforts. Reynolds goaded: “Was there anything that you found hard to believe that he said, that you thought, well, that’s nice rhetoric, but, you know, the proof is in the pudding?” Brenda Marshall answered, “No, I didn’t,” prompting Reynolds to marvel to anchor Ted Koppel: “Very little skepticism here.�

Reynolds pressed another woman: �Did you feel that the President was sincere tonight?” She affirmed: “Yes, he was.” Reynolds soon wondered who they held culpable for the levee breaks. Unlike the national media, London did not blame supposed Bush-mandated budget cuts: “They’ve been allocated federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do.”

Read the whole thing over at Newsbusters. Great site.

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Blair Pulls the Plug on Kyoto

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

This is a huge story:

Onstage with former president Bill Clinton at a midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was going to speak with “brutal honesty” about Kyoto and global warming, and he did. And Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had some blunt talk, too.

Blair, a longtime supporter of the Kyoto treaty, further prefaced his remarks by noting, “My thinking has changed in the past three or four years.” So what does he think now? “No country, he declared, “is going to cut its growth.” That is, no country is going to allow the Kyoto treaty, or any other such global-warming treaty, to crimp — some say cripple — its economy.

Looking ahead to future climate-change negotiations, Blair said of such fast-growing countries as India and China, “They’re not going to start negotiating another treaty like Kyoto.” India and China, of course, weren’t covered by Kyoto in the first place, which was one of the fatal flaws in the treaty. But now Blair is acknowledging the obvious: that after the current Kyoto treaty — which the US never acceded to — expires in 2012, there’s not going to be another worldwide deal like it.

Kyoto is dead. Now maybe we can get on to something more realistic, and more in keeping with science.

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Beltway vs. Blogosphere: The Rift in the Democrat Party

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

Great article by Howard Fineman. I suspect the same is occurring on the Conservative side, but a little less vocally.

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Three Wishes: Marketing to the Red States

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

Great look at what NBC is doing to improve its ratings. It just might work.

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The Anti-War on Poverty

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

It wasn’t LBJ. It was more Jack Kemp. Opportunity zones, and oversight to make sure the money is spent correctly. And this:

Americans want the Gulf Coast not just to survive, but to thrive; not just to cope, but to overcome. We want evacuees to come home, for the best of reasons — because they have a real chance at a better life in a place they love.

President Bush may have started slow, but he’s making up for it now. Dick Morris is correct. Conservatives believe the role of government is to fight wars, and help in times of natural disaster. President Bush was defined by war in his first term. He will be defined by Katrina in his second.

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The Terrorists Haven’t Forgotten September 11th: Have We? Part II

Posted by Mark on September 16, 2005

The terrorists know the stakes in Iraq. Below is a direct response to the current push by Allied forces in Iraq:

A translation of the statement follows:

“In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful.

O God, aim our strikes and make our feet firm

Fight them, and God will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you to victory over them, and heal the hearts of Believers. [Koranic verse]

Praised be God, the supporter of virtuous people and conqueror of the apostates and infidel Americans. God’s peace and blessing upon the cheerful, dauntless fighter and his family and companions, the true fearless men in battle.

O nation of Islam: We write to you, O the best nation on earth, and bring you good tidings.

Since yesterday, the battles for revenge started all over the land of the two rivers. The raid for avenging the Sunni people in Tall far has started.

Celebrate and sing the praise of God, O nation of Islam. The battalions of monotheism have set out, pledging to die in support of the faith and its people. They were spearheaded by the best of the battalions, the Al-Bara Bin-Malik Battalion.

Approach us, O paradise. O brigade of martyrdom-seeker: Celebrate and sing the praise of God, for tomorrow you will meet the beloved ones, Muhammad and his companions. You have never accepted injustice, O lions of monotheism. This is your day. Go after the heads of the infidels, the Jews, the Crusaders, and the descendants of Ibn al-Alqami [derogatory term for Shia named after Ibn-al-Alqami, a Shia minister who was accused of betraying the last Abbasid caliph Al-Musta’ism during Hulugu’s attack on Baghdad in 1258]. Do not show any mercy toward them.

May God accept from you, o protectors of the religion. May God support you with his victory and enable you to perform enduring good deeds. You have followed the footsteps of the prophet and his guidance. You have not shirked your responsibility. All the graces that you have are from God and his mercy. Praise be to God, first and last and in public and secret.

We will bring you more details once we receive reports about operations in Baghdad and other cities. We want your prayers, o nation of Islam. Your brothers are fighting with the help, power, and support of God. O God, grant us the victory you had promised; o God grant us the victory you had promised; o God grant us the victory you had promised. O God, you are our supporter; o God, we raid and fight with your help.

O God, mover of the clouds, revealer of the book, and conqueror of the Al-Ahzab [coalition of tribes the fought Prophet Muhammad in early Islam], defeat them and grant us victory over them. O God, grant us your help and support; O God, send your soldiers and grant us the victory you had promised.

God is great, God is great; pride is to God, the prophet, and the mujahidin.

[Signed] Abu-Maysrah al-Iraqi, the Media Section of the Al-Qa’ida Organization in the Land of Two Rivers,

[Dated] 10 Sha’ban 1426 Hegira; 14 September 2005.”

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