Thursday, October 28, 2004
War of Words....
All this week, Bush has been seeking to appeal to Democrats. He appeared
Wednesday with Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.), who said at a rally near Youngstown,
Ohio, that he sees the "ranks growing every day" of Democrats for Bush. Bush
said he, not Kerry, follows the strong-defense tradition of Democrats such as
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. Bush, who met in
Michigan on Wednesday evening with more than two dozen African Americans,
including boxing promoter Don King, also told supporters he had common views
with Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey.
In response to Bush's mention of Democrats, the Democratic National Committee
issued a statement from Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the late president's
daughter, saying: "All of us who revere the strength and resolve of President
Kennedy will be supporting John Kerry on Election Day."
Analysis: With all due respect to Ms. Schlossberg whom I have great respect for, it is not true that all people who revere her father are voting for John Kerry. That is ugly nonsense. I revere JFK, but I am still undecided in this election. Plus, the words and memory of her great father belong to the ages, not to any one political party. Republicans just as much as Democrats can evoke her father's lasting legacy; the same is true of Lincoln, Roosevelt, etc.
Her choice of words were therefore very poor and telling in an election year.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Rather: A Democratic Strategist in Journalistic Clothes?
We now all but know that Rather knew that Burkett was his source. To have known
Burkett's obvious bias and not to have listened to the document experts and
still not to acknowledge error when the docs turn out to be fakes is, in
Rutten's words, inexplicable. Well, not quite. Here's an explanation: Rather is
arrogant, out of touch and biased beyond belief. He thinks he's running
a political campaign, when he is supposed to be a journalist. He's a
dead man walking. When will someone have the decency to pull the plug?
I agree that Rather has a bias, but to say that he is running a political campaign is to stretch what we currently know beyond plausibility when mere negligence explains the mistake. True, maybe Rather subconsciously leaned toward believing the story given his dislike for the Bush family, but I just f find it hard to believe he viewed this as running a political campaign; he is too smart and experienced a journalist for that.
Here is a more plausible explanation: Like any good news org, they wanted a scoop--and this story was perhaps too good to double and triple check regardless of the potential bias in play. Again, only time will tell, but I do agree that the more Rather puts off an investigation, the worse off he is.
Friday, September 03, 2004
Barack Obama, who gave the Democratic keynote address, delivered a message of
uplift and hope. Zell Miller, who gave the Republican keynote, declared that
political opposition is treason: "Now, at the same time young Americans are
dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being
torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats' manic obsession to bring
down our commander in chief." And the crowd roared its approval.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Monday, July 12, 2004
There's been a rush of egregious commentary about the Niger uranium story in the last couple days.
I wonder if Josh includes his own commentary on this subject (scroll down)?
I think the most prudent (and responsible) thing to do is to let the investigation proceed without jumping to conclusions....