Get PJ Media on your Apple

VodkaPundit

Monthly Archives: June 2005

In no particular order, because that would be even more pointless and stupid than this list.

Songs for Swingin’ Lovers

Frank Sinatra’s 1956 masterpiece is arguably the first concept album, and still one of the finest. Previously, albums were collections of singles related only by the artist singing them. Sinatra wanted to make an album which would carry a single mood with a single sound all the way through. Well: Mission accomplished. Frank’s vocals are upbeat without being saccharine, and romantic without being coy. But without Nelson Riddle, the whole project might have been doomed. Riddle sticks with a tried-and-true big band – but his arrangements are wittier, more charming, and far more urbane than any previous big band had dared to attempt. Sinatra, growing comfortably into middle age, starts the album belting out “You make me feel so young…” without fanfare or introduction. Then Riddle’s band kicks in, and wonderful things happen.

The Nightfly

Released in 1982 onto an unsuspecting public, Donald Fagen’s first solo effort was good. So good, that it prompted one critic to wonder what Fagen’s old bandmate, Walter Becker, had ever contributed to their Steely Dan partnership. In Fagen’s own words, the songs “represent certain fantasies that might have been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late fifties and early sixties.” Not everyone may enjoy Fagen’s overly-polished musical stylings, but his lyrics powerfully evoke the Cuban Missile Crisis-era fears and fantasies of a teenage boy. The intro to “New Frontier” says it all:

Yes we’re gonna have a wingding
A summer smoker underground
It’s just a dugout that my dad built
In case the reds decide to push the button down

I wasn’t born until the summer after the Summer of Love, but Fagen’s album can somehow still take me back to 1962.

Magnolia

Technically, “Magnolia” is a soundtrack album and shouldn’t be eligible for this list. On the other hand, filmmaker PT Anderson wrote the movie to fit Aimee Mann’s songs – not the other way around, as is usually case for movie soundtracks. The musical result, however derived, is a Robert Altman-esque collection of dysfunctional, semisynchronistically connected SoCal characters, all in desperate search of love or healing or something they’re unlikely to ever find. The music is sparse without feeling bare-bones, and a couple tracks feature some killer licks from guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Penn. The first track is a cover of Three Dog Night’s “One” which puts the original to shame. The last track, “Save Me,” (“You look like/a perfect fit/for a girl in need/of a tourniquet”) is itself enough to make “Magnolia” either the last great concept album of the ’90s, or the first one of the Naughts.

I’m Breathless

Songs “from and inspired by” Warren Beatty’s underrated Dick Tracy movie. You like showtunes? Madonna gives you showtunes. You like clever (but never pretentious) Steven Sondheim lyrics? He wrote almost the entire book. In whole, this so-wrong-it-should-have-been-a-disaster record takes you gleefully back to an Art Deco comic book world that never really existed. A particular joy is the Latin-themed “I’m Going Bananas.” When always-all-too-serious Madonna can pull off singing…

I’m non compos mentis
And I feel like a tooth being drilled
A nerve being killed
By a dentist
For I’m non compos mentis.

…with all the goofy charm and verve of a modern-day Carmen Miranda, then you know you’re listening to something special. The last song, a full-on dance “mix” with some really bad Beatty vocals, might leave a sour taste at the end. But with that one aside, this is an undervalued album inspired by an underappreciated movie. And since this is Madonna’s album, it ends, not with her getting killed off like in the movie, but with landing Dick Tracy. Killer concept.

The Wall

Pink Floyd’s 1979 magnum opus needs no introduction. If you’re like me, however, and you define rock’n'roll by loudness and youthful defiance, then this two-disc collection is the loudest, most unrelenting rejection of adulthood ever recorded. Other than that, there’s nothing left to say. Either you agree with my last pick, and you’ve been nodding your head ever since reading “The Wall” in boldface up above, or you’re too old and too deaf to care. Either way, that was the Floyd’s point.
(more…)

Comments Off bullet bullet

(Not Quite) Required Reading

June 28th, 2005 - 11:16 pm

The new issue of Parameters is up, and I suggest you read the whole thing cover to cover. (If you don’t know, it’s the official quarterly publication of the US Army War College, and it specializes in serious deep-think stuff.) The summer edition has three articles of real interest.

The first is a discussion-generating piece on the Bush Doctrine by Harry S. Laver. Although a thorough reading of his artical reveals that he’s mostly critical of preventitive war, he raises some good arguments. The most important, however, is this:

Leaving behind the definitions and semantics of international law raises the practical issue of applying a strategy of prevention in a world of WMD, terrorists, and the possible mixing of the two. Professor Jason Ellis, offering one perspective, maintains that preventive action should be part of a broader strategy of counterproliferation. Past efforts at nonproliferation of WMD, including ballistic missiles, he argues, have failed, and the Bush Administration has adopted a proactive response to the

Comments Off bullet bullet

Notice

June 28th, 2005 - 10:39 pm

The computer is back up and running – and so am I.

After 3-plus years, hardware just started failing. It all started when I did a forced (CTRL-F5) reload of a web page, and the system rebooted itself. Except it never rebooted. Just kept hanging. It’s an old Gateway box, never once upgraded. So what did I expect?

Catching up on the news now – back in a flash.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Axis Of Weasels Enemies

June 24th, 2005 - 5:13 am

Well, now. Isn’t this interesting:

Who’s funding the insurgents in Iraq? The list of suspects is long: ex-Baathists, foreign jihadists, and angry Sunnis, to name a few. Now add to that roster hard-core Euroleftists.

Turns out that far-left groups in western Europe are carrying on a campaign dubbed Ten Euros for the Resistance, offering aid and comfort to the car bombers, kidnappers, and snipers trying to destabilize the fledgling Iraq government. In the words of one Italian website, Iraq Libero (Free Iraq), the funds are meant for those fighting the occupanti imperialisti. The groups are an odd collection, made up largely of Marxists and Maoists, sprinkled with an array of Arab emigres and aging, old-school fascists, according to Lorenzo Vidino, an analyst on European terrorism based at The Investigative Project in Washington, D.C. “It’s the old anticapitalist, anti-U.S., anti-Israel crowd,” says Vidino, who has been to their gatherings, where he saw activists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Italy. “The glue that binds them together is anti-Americanism.” The groups are working on an October conference to further support “the Iraqi Resistance.” A key goal is to expand backing for the insurgents from the fringe left to the broader antiwar and antiglobalization movements.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Heads-Up

June 23rd, 2005 - 5:07 pm

Eugene Volokh and the Blogfaddah are on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show right now. They’re talking about the SCOTUS eminent domain decision, natch.

UPDATE: Over now.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Bad News

June 23rd, 2005 - 9:30 am

A horrible, horrible Supreme Court ruling today on eminent domain powers. By a 5-4 vote, SCOTUS allowed localities to take private property away for no better reason than added tax collections:

A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people’s homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth often is at war with individual property rights.

The 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas.

As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who has been a key swing vote on many cases before the court, issued a stinging dissent. She argued that cities should not have unlimited authority to uproot families, even if they are provided compensation, simply to accommodate wealthy developers.

This is a dreadful decision. If politicians have the right to take your private property and give it to somebody else just because the other guy claims that he can generate more taxes from it, then property rights have ceased to exist in the US.

The localities are still required to pay “a just price” when one of these takings occurs, but the price even a willing seller would be able to get from his property just took a huge hit. All a developer has to do now is make a lowball offer and threaten to involve a bought-and-paid-for politician to take the property away if the owner doesn’t acquiesce.

Disgraceful.

UPDATE: Imagine this. What if you were in an unrelated fight with your local city council over something. Maybe you had a problem with your kids’ school, or a tax dispute, or you were complaining about a dumb law, or you just spilled a drink on some councilman at the local bar. This ruling would literally give them the power to throw you out of your house and put up a strip mall in its place. And that doesn’t even touch on the prospects of developers making campaign donations–or outright kickbacks–to local politicians.

This ruling is a license for corruption and abuse.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Needed: Hobbits With Hyperdrive

June 23rd, 2005 - 5:20 am

Forget about Darth Vader–here’s a real Dark Lord. The Hubble space telescope has located Sauron.

Here’s a larger picture.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Backing Down

June 21st, 2005 - 4:22 pm

Dickie Durbin just shuffled down to the Senate floor and made a pretty abject apology for the mindless blather he belched out last week. I doubt Durbin is any more sincere today than he was thoughful before. The political heat simply got too high, so he backed down.

The forced apology doesn’t mean much. The damage is done, and al-Jazeera isn’t likely to tout Dickie’s retraction with much vigor. But I can guarantee you that Dickie’s energetic defenders in the MSM and leftie blogosphere are awfully unhappy unhappy right now. He just cut them off at the knees.

At least now they have some idea of how the troops felt a week ago.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Stupid Hollywood Tricks

June 21st, 2005 - 5:32 am

The “Broadcast Flag,” which would have allowed Hollywood to decide how, when, and whether you could record television shows, was thrown out by the DC Court of Appeals last month. According to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, MPAA lobbyists have convinced some as-yet unidentified senator or senators into sneaking new Broadcast Flag-enabling legislation into a giant appropriations bill. Somebody needs to remind Bill Frist that these guys are not on his side.

Bad Hollywood. Bad senators. Everybody involved should be forced to watch 72 hours of uninterrupted ’70′s TV show remake movies, “Clockwork Orange” style.

UPDATE: Either the EFF got some bad information, or they scared the senatecritters off. Either way, broadcast flag language apparently did not make it into the Senate appropriations bill.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Late Night Rambling

June 19th, 2005 - 11:39 pm

Had lunch on Friday with Ashley Kindergan, a young reporter for Colorado Springs’ own Gazette. It’s a pretty damn good paper, with a libertarian-leaning editorial page

Comments Off bullet bullet

(Not Even) Knowing What We Don’t Know

June 19th, 2005 - 9:50 pm

Newsweek’s Robert Samuelson says that “many assumptions that economists once casually accepted and taught are now suspect or discredited.”

Need examples? He has three:

We once thought we understood consumer spending, the economy’s mainstay.

And:

We don’t know how much the world economy affects the United States

Comments Off bullet bullet

Required Reading

June 19th, 2005 - 11:26 am

George Will on Emmett L. Till — the last line will have you wiping your eyes.

Comments Off bullet bullet

A Window On The Moonbat Soul

June 17th, 2005 - 3:24 pm

A confession: I’m having a hard time getting worked up over Dick Durbin.

Yes, what he said was indefensible and stupid, but Durbin’s never been anything but a party machine hack, and few senators on either side of the aisle are often described as “intelligent.” Yes, the statement itself is destructive nonsense destined to be endlessly recycled in propaganda from the al-Jazeeras and New York Timeses of the world, and one would hope that a high-ranking US senator would know better, but then again, this is Dickie Durbin we’re talking about. It’s not really that surprising when you consider the source.

Durbin’s Nazi-Soviet-Khmer-Rouge ramble was probably only tossed out as a bit of red meat (or perhaps deep-fried Vegan tofu) for the MooreOn donations crowd. I’ve no doubt that he and the DSCC have been raking in leftie money over the last couple of days. They’ll need it–since what Durbin’s dumb rant really accomplished was demonstrating to everybody else just how unserious the Democratic Party is when it comes to dealing with terrorism.

Equating anything and everything thus far reported from Guantanamo with “torture” is nonsense on stilts. Air conditioning changes, intimidation, sleep deprivation and having your personal space invaded by a woman? Hell, I put up with worse stuff that that at summer camp. What will they threaten these thugs with next, the comfy chair?

To borrow a few lines from Lileks,

I don

Comments Off bullet bullet

Heaven Forbid

June 16th, 2005 - 1:47 pm

Check this out:

THE Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has criticised the new web-based media for

Comments Off bullet bullet

Not for the Squeamish

June 16th, 2005 - 12:24 pm

Markos “Screw’em” Zunigas finds no difference between Saddam’s reign and Gitmo:

The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command.

Rusty Shackleford reminds us there is a huge difference, but I warm you – the pictures are graphic.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Anecdotal Evidence

June 16th, 2005 - 9:17 am

How much trouble is the magazine business in, anyway?

I’d gotten so frustrated with Newsweek’s practices and editorial slant (tiny Kuwait was “worth saving” in 1991; Iraq wasn’t deemed worthy in 2003) that I let my subscription slide. Notice after notice arrived in the mail, each one promising me a cheaper re-up price. Each one ended up in the garbage. My subscription ended two or three weeks ago, but the magazines keep coming every Tuesday.

Last year I got a postcard from Playboy, promising me a year-long “professional courtesy” subscription. All I had to do for a free year of Playboy was to not mail the card back to them with the “no” sticker attached. I missed the Party Jokes, so why not?

A few months later, Stuff magazine started arriving each month

Comments Off bullet bullet

What’s the French for “Merde?”

June 15th, 2005 - 11:32 pm

Of course you don’t understand the EU Constitution — it was written by your betters.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Guilty Conscience

June 15th, 2005 - 11:23 pm

There’s a recent movie I really enjoyed. I’ve already seen it twice, and I’ll see it at least two more times before it leaves the theaters. At least one of the next two viewings, I’ll gladly pony up an extra buck or two for the treat of seeing it on a digital screen up in Denver. When the DVD comes out next fall, I’ll snap up a copy the day it’s released.

That said, right at this moment I’m also downloading the movie courtesy of BitTorrent.

The copy I’m getting is illegal, and so is my download of it.

That said, my illegal download won’t cost the producers, the studio, the theaters, or anyone any money at all. Four times is as many as I’d see it without having it on my hard drive. And I’ll still, as I said, buy the DVD. I want those special features. I want to see that five gigabyte 480p picture on my HDTV in Dolby 6.1 Digital — and no AVI or MPEG file compressed down to 1.4 gigs can give me that.

So, yes, I’m breaking the law. But what harm am I causing? Everyone will get their money from me – all I get is a chance to re-watch a few favorite scenes (rendered in crappy quality) at my leisure.

What I’m doing is illegal. But I’m not sure that it’s wrong.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Rebuild Them

June 15th, 2005 - 11:14 pm

Here’s a site devoted to rebuilding the WTC, as-was.

Mary Hart, who contacted me with info about her site, also says she’s “discovered that the corruption involved in the planning of the “Freedom Center” has also extended throughout the entire WTC rebuilding process.”

Sadly, that comes as no great shock. But you can click on the link above and get some information to do something about it.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Back Off

June 15th, 2005 - 11:11 pm

Good news on the civil liberties front? Maybe:

WASHINGTON — In a slap at President Bush, lawmakers voted Wednesday to block the Justice Department and the FBI from using the Patriot Act to peek at library records and bookstore sales slips.

The House voted 238-187 despite a veto threat from Bush to block the part of the anti-terrorism law that allows the government to investigate the reading habits of terror suspects.

Bush made it through his entire first term – and some record-setting pork barrel spending – without once picking up his veto pen. I doubt he’ll use it now for such a petty cause.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Movie Talk

June 15th, 2005 - 10:47 pm

Busy day, lots of work, no time to blog, yadda yadda yadda. Unwound this evening with “The Machinist” after the work was done.

What an awful way to unwind. What an amazing movie.

It’s packaged like a horror movie. It’s shot like a horror movie. It is, I suppose, a horror movie. But then you reach the end and realize it really quite isn’t.

Christian Bale lost 60 pounds for the role of Trevor Reznik, a factory worker who hasn’t slept in a year. I’m a Bale fan, and have been for years – even enjoyed him in “Equilibrium,” which might be the silliest concept ever played out so seriously. But Bale made it work, even the totally unbelievable “gunkata” fights. In “The Machinist,” we don’t get those movie star good looks. We get a skeleton of a man speaking with Bale’s voice. Unsettling, to say the least.

I won’t try to describe the plot. You’ll just have to figure that a guy who works around heavy machinery and hasn’t slept for twelve months, isn’t going to keep his sanity.

As entertainment, it does what it aims to do: Creeps you out for ninety minutes, and lets you enjoy some (typically) fine performances from Bale, Michael Ironside, and (schwing!) Jennifer Jason Leigh. As a movie with a message, that’s where “The Machinist” really shines. I won’t even hint at the ending, except to say that it’s powerful, positive, and not at all what you’d expect.

Let me emphasize that middle point again. Despite the creepiness, despite Bale’s hollowed-out self (physically and spiritually), and despite the gloomy color scheme, this is a movie with a positive message. In fact, if my kid inherits his/her old man’s penchant for horror movies, I’ll encourage them to watch it years before the R rating would suggest. There’s nothing quite like sneaking a lesson in past a little gore and a couple of nipples.

See it if you haven’t already.

UPDATE: Just a quick word about those aforementioned nipples. Even at the age of 43, Jennifer Jason Lee still has the finest B-cups in all of Hollywood. This I say as I dedicated leg man.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Home Improvements

June 15th, 2005 - 4:54 pm

Finally, there’s a ceiling fan in the master bedroom. With the vaulted ceiling, the fan is on a two-foot drop down. Kinda striking. Also, I had no idea how far these things had come since the last time I put one in. No clue at all.

First off, there’s a remote. An RF remote, not IR, so you don’t have to worry about pointing it right at the fan for it to work. And a good thing too, because the remote has a built-in thermostat. Want the room at 72? Just tell the remote, and it will keep the blades going until just the right temp.

Don’t want the fan to run at all during the day? Set the timer, which, yes, works in conjunction with the thermostat. The remote even controls the lighting. Very cool.

It’s not quite warm enough to turn on the A/C, but it’s nearly warm enough to make me grab the laptop and blog from bed. That could get to be a habit. . .

Tomorrow, one more fan, some recessed lighting, and — who knows? — I might even find some time to blog.

UPDATE: Don’t bother clicking on the link to the fan we installed. Home Depot’s links are created on-the-spot from session cookies. That’s right – you can’t permalink to the products they’re selling. Amazon, they ain’t.

Smart, neither.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Required Reading

June 15th, 2005 - 7:57 am

Great WaPo column today from Robert Samuelson. Some highlights:

With high unemployment benefits, almost half of Western Europe’s jobless have been out of work a year or more; the U.S. figure is about 12 percent. Or take early retirement. In 2003 about 60 percent of Americans ages 55 to 64 had jobs. The comparable figures for France, Italy and Germany were 37 percent, 30 percent and 39 percent. The truth is that Europeans like early retirement, high jobless benefits and long vacations.

The trouble is that so much benevolence requires a strong economy, while the sources of all this benevolence — high taxes, stiff regulations — weaken the economy. With aging populations, the contradictions will only thicken.

A weak European economy is one reason that the world economy is shaky and so dependent on American growth. Preoccupied with divisions at home, Europe is history’s has-been. It isn’t a strong American ally, not simply because it disagrees with some U.S. policies but also because it doesn’t want to make the commitments required of a strong ally. Unwilling to address their genuine problems, Europeans become more reflexively critical of America. This gives the impression that they’re active on the world stage, even as they’re quietly acquiescing in their own decline.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Wow. Even better Anne Applebaum piece on the expensive idiocy known as the Transportation Security Administration:

If you happen to be reading this while standing in one of those disturbingly slow, zigzag lines at airport security — looking repeatedly at your watch, wondering if this time you really will miss the plane — here’s something to make you feel worse: Almost none of the agony you are experiencing is making you safer, at least not to any statistically significant or economically rational degree. Certainly any logical analysis of the money that has been spent on the airport security system since Sept. 11, 2001, and the security that the system has created, must lead to that conclusion.

[T]his mass ceremonial sacrifice of toenail clippers on the altar of security comes at an extraordinarily high price. The annual budget of the federal Transportation Security Administration hovers around $5.5 billion — just about the same price as the entire FBI — a figure that doesn’t include the cost of wasted time. De Rugy reckons that if 624 million passengers each spend two hours every year waiting in line, the annual loss to the economy comes to $32 billion. There has also been a price to pay in waste, since when that much money is rubbed into a problem with that kind of speed — remember, the TSA had only 13 employees in January 2002 — a lot of it gets misspent. In the case of the TSA, that waste includes $350,000 for a gym, $500,000 for artwork and silk plants at the agency’s new operations center, and $461,000 for its first-birthday party. More to the point, the agency has spent millions, even billions, on technology that is inappropriate or outdated.

In fact, better security didn’t have to cost that much. Probably the most significant measure taken in the past four years was one funded not by the government but by the airline industry, which put bulletproof doors on its cockpits at the relatively low price of $300 million to $500 million over 10 years. In extremely blunt terms, that means that while it may still be possible to blow up a plane (and murder 150 people), it is now virtually impossible to drive a plane into an office building (and murder thousands). By even the crudest cost-benefit risk analysis, bulletproof cockpit doors, which nobody notices, have the potential to save far more lives, at a far lower cost per life, than the screeners who open your child’s backpack and your grandmother’s purse while you stand around in your socks waiting for them to finish.

But, then, this isn’t a country that has ever been good at risk analysis. If it were, we would never have invented the TSA at all. Instead, we would have taken that $5.5 billion, doubled the FBI’s budget, and set up a questioning system that identifies potentially suspicious passengers, as the Israelis do. Even now, it’s not too late to abolish the TSA, create a federal training program for airport screeners, and then let private companies worry about how many people to hire, which technology to buy and how long the tables in front of the X-ray machines should be (that last issue being featured in a recent government report). But every time that suggestion is made in Congress, someone denounces the plan as a “privatization” of our security and a sellout.

As I’ve said many times before, even if there were no security checks at airports, there will never be another successful hijacking of an airliner with Americans aboard. The 2001 attacks were successful only because the hijackers took advantage of three decades of government-encouraged social conditioning: “Don’t resist. Do as you’re told. Wait it out, let the professionals negotiate, and chances are you’ll be all right.”

Nobody is going to follow that advice, ever again. While I’m not in favor of eliminating airport security checks entirely, we’ve clearly gone way over the line of reason (to say nothing of cost benefit, as Applebaum cogently points out) in today’s mindless bureaucratic airport “security” mania.

It’s a shame there aren’t any politicians of either party with the nerve to say the very obvious things that Applebaum so aptly summarizes here. Read it all.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Take It Away

June 14th, 2005 - 9:14 am

Some stuff to read while I work on other things:

Christopher Hitchens on Iraq.

Max Boot on Koran abuse.

And finally, Mark Steyn.

One other thing. Louis Wu emailed yesterday to say, “The solution to the problem of the desecrated Qurans? Take them away.”

Heh.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Notice

June 13th, 2005 - 11:22 am

Busy with home improvement stuff today. Couple of ceiling fans to buy and install, painting to do, and the new lighting for the living room.

Busy day? Busy week.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Music Midtown Cellphone Photo Update

June 12th, 2005 - 2:05 pm

From Saturday night, John Fogerty, who can still hit every single note in the old Creedence songs:

Fogerty.jpg

… and Tom Petty, who unfortunately played a half hour less than the set was billed at. Still, great performance from TP and the Heartbreakers, even though it rained pretty much the whole time:

Petty.jpg

Tonight it’s a bunch of acts that fall under “I’d wouldn’t mind seeing them, but I’d never buy a ticket for any of them by themselves,” so we’re waiting the weather out a bit before deciding whether to go or not.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Bad Wevva! Take covva!

June 10th, 2005 - 3:08 pm

The Blogfaddah says he’s headed for the beach. For his sake, I sure hope he didn’t mean Destin or Panama City.

In other news, the wife and I have tickets for Music Midtown in Atlanta this weekend. I’m packing the scuba gear just as soon as this gets posted…

UPDATE: From last night, Francine Reed…
Picture(14).jpg
… and Lou Reed (no relation):
Picture(15).jpg

Look, it’s a cell phone. It’s really not that much of a camera…

Comments Off bullet bullet

Oh, That Liberal Media Watch Lapdog

June 10th, 2005 - 8:30 am

Well, surprise, surprise, surprise.

Let’s review, shall we?

The self-appointed “watchdog of the press in all its forms” hires, at least a year ago, the long-time director of a radical left-wing magazine to run its operations. Said watchdog doesn’t announce this hiring, or disclose the presence of the hard-left publisher until he’s outed by a blogger (or “drooling moron,” in CJR’s preferred parlance) at the end of last month.

CJR continued to stonewall on admitting to the hiring in its own pages for ten days, and gave no reason to believe that it would have revealed the presence of former Nation publisher Victor Navasky at the top of its organization if a blogger hadn’t sniffed him out.

But hey, this was all just a bureaucratic misunderstanding. Those fine folks at CJR are just award-winning, selfless, apolitical, not a bit slanted or biased guardians of the public trust.

They’re certainly not dishonest, guildist and transparently political hacks. Only a drooling moron would think such things.

UPDATE: Nah, I’m sure this has nothing at all to do with any mythical media bias. After all, our old pal Steve Lovelady assures us that “an overworked and elderly anchor who overstayed his welcome at a dying medium, and who got suckered by an overzealous producer” was never a meaningful story to begin with.

Nope, no bias there. Just professional, serious “journalists” who work for Soviet-nostalgist moonbats.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Heh

June 9th, 2005 - 11:41 pm

What will Howard Dean say next? The crack young staff at The Hatemonger’s Quarterly know.

Comments Off bullet bullet

Friday Dogblogging

June 9th, 2005 - 11:20 pm

Comments Off bullet bullet