Jamison Foser writes on the defining issue of our time:
The defining issue of our time is not the Iraq war. It is not the
"global war on terror." It is not our inability (or unwillingness) to
ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health care. Nor is
it immigration, outsourcing, or growing income inequity. It is not
education, it is not global warming, and it is not Social Security.
The defining issue of our time is the media.
The dominant political force of our time is not Karl Rove or the
Christian Right or Bill Clinton. It is not the ruthlessness or the
tactical and strategic superiority …continue.
Amy Sullivan has a piece in the Washington Monthly
about the little-sung successes of the Democrats.
Apparently, there is some strategy and coordination going on in the
Democratic leadership, despite what the press might lead you to believe.
The Dubai ports deal blew up because Schumer kept calling press conferences
about it, though Schumer has hardly been credited with lobbing the grenade.
Murtha was not left out in the cold by Pelosi and other Dems; it was a
deliberate strategy to prevent him being labeled as a token hawk.
And the Dems managed to kill Bush's privatization of Social Security,
by disciplined attacks on Bush's "risky" proposal. Their not …continue.
In The Media's Chance at Redemption,
Russ Baker ably takes the MSM to task:
When, oh when, will the U.S. “mainstream media” finally stop hemming and
hawing, parsing and understating? When will they simply go for the jugular
to confirm what any thoughtful American has already learned from “less
reputable” but increasingly relevant alternative information sources: that
from the beginning of the Bush administration, invading Iraq has always
been as much an article of faith for the president as, well, promoting
faith over reason?
The Times report was full of throat-clearing and arcane notations that,
while the memo had previously been reported, it had never been as fully
reported, or that …continue.