Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Further news

Here are some follow-ups on recent news items.

Three newspapers have dropped Ann Coulter's column over her calling John Edwards a faggot. On the other hand, both Fox News and CNN invited her on to talk about it, thus rewarding bad behavior. She declined the CNN invitation because she might have had to face some real questioning from fellow guest John Aravosis. The newspapers--the Lancaster New Era of Pennsylvania, The Oakland Press of Michigan, and The Mountain Press of Sevierville, TN--all deserve kudos for having standards; CNN and Fox News should be condemned.

Speaking of John Edwards, his campaign says he will not participate in the Fox News sponsored Democratic candidates' debate in Nevada. The Nevada Democratic Party, who had agreed to this, is now scrambling about trying to save it. Their "compromise" with Fox is that Fox will allow one non-Fox questioner on the panel. Considering that Fox News is a little more than the propaganda arm of the Republican Party, and that there are plenty of other opportunities for the voters of Nevada to see the candidates in action, there is no reason why any Democratic candidate for anything should give Fox the time of day.

And speaking of Fox News, I hope you have seen this.

It's hard to say what's going on here. Fox regularly uses the bottom-text to deliver some of their crudest propaganda points, but simply denying reality is a bit much even for them. Is this a "Dewey beats Truman" style headline that they had written in advance and forgot to correct? Are they simply announcing the one charge that Libby was not convicted on and ignoring the other four? Are they insane?

Michael Savage has redefined stalking to mean listening to his nationally broadcast radio show and accurately quoting him. In order to avoid trouble with the law, it’s probably safest to avoid listening to his show and stop your loved ones from listening to it.

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