How can a report stating that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons work in 2003 possibly be viewed by anyone as a negative for America, the world, or the Bush administration?
Coming coincident with the invasion of Iraq, the capture of Saddam, and the suspension of similar activities by Libya, should this report have validated Bush foreign policy in the region post-9/11, or is the press right that this demonstrates his failures?
Finally, if intelligence was so horrible prior to 9/11 and the Iraq invasion, why are media so quick to accept this report as unassailable? Given recent intelligence failures, and the press's continual pounding of such, shouldn't there be some skepticism about the veracity of this NIE? Or, is anything that can potentially be used to bash Bush above reproach?
"Is this anything more than the media building up a candidate, particularly a woman, and then tearing her down because it makes a good story?" Fox News Channel's Terry Keenan asked to open her December 4 interview with NewsBusters senior editor and "Whitewash" co-author Tim Graham.
Brought on "Your World w/Neil Cavuto" to discuss media coverage of Hillary Clinton's slippage in some recent polls, Graham dismissed Keenan's suggestion that Clinton is a victim of a soft form of sexism by the media:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point #1: Hillary and Rudy dropping in polls. Does it mean anything this far out, and which slide do you think press will focus more attention on?
Talking point #2: Did last night's NFL game, with timely flags giving the Patriots the win, leave you with the feeling the league wants them to have a perfect season, or did you think the game was impartially referreed?
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly interviewed Media Research Center president and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell on the December 3 "America's Newsroom" program about a reality dating show in the works in which the contestants are immigrants (some potentially in the U.S. illegally) seeking to gain permanent resident status by marrying a U.S. citizen.
The defeated reform package would have created new types of communal property, let Chavez handpick local leaders under a redrawn political map and suspended civil liberties during extended states of emergency. Without the overhaul, Chavez will be barred from running again in 2012.
Other changes would have shortened the workday from eight hours to six, created a social security fund for millions of informal laborers and promoted communal councils where residents decide how to spend government funds.
What does this mean to the United States, and how will media cover this monumental defeat for their hero Hugo?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Don Rickles, who is the subject of an HBO documentary broadcasting this evening.
For those old enough to know who Don Rickles is, and who saw him regularly on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, you understand that he is, in his way, the originally shock comedian. His schtick often involved race, religion, gender, sexual preference, and appearance, and was often done in an attack style. Question: In today's politically correct world, could a white man get away with Rickles' style of humor, or would he be deemed a racist, sexist, homophobe?
Okay, sports fans, there's a lot to discuss this final weekend of the College Football regular season. Before we get to some very exciting matchups, assuming the favorites win today, how are you feeling about the projected BCS games? Does one of the most exciting CFB seasons in history have the potential of ending with tremendously boring bowl games, or is all this new blood vying for the National Championship exciting you?
I mean, with absolutely no disrespect to Mizzou and WV, does a Tigers-Mountaineers matchup for the Title do it for you? (Personally, I love it, and find it to be the perfect ending to the perfect season!)
On to the games: V-Tech and Boston College. I'm very excited about this game, maybe mostly for the Hokies to be in such a big game at the end of the year given what this school has gone through. GO HOKIES!!!
Tennessee at LSU: Could this be a big letdown game for the Tigers after last week's stunning OT loss? Tough for me to be impartial, for the son of one of my trainers is a Vol! GO TENNESSEE!!!
I know people will think I'm crazy, but the Mountaineers better be ready to play today, because the Panthers, after a very disappointing 4-7 season, would love nothing more than knocking rival West Virginia out of the Title game.
Same for Mizzou. Sooners would love this upset big time.
Ditto the Bruins. This game is no cake-walk for USC.
Retired Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr, a member of Hillary Clinton's campaign, in the audience at CNN's Republican debate of November 28th, making comments after the airing of his YouTube question on gays in the military.
Better late than never, today's forum for general discussion and debate.
Possible talking point: How should the NBer typically responsible for posting the Open Thread between 10 and 11 AM ET be punished for his/her abject oversight this morning? Respondents should seriously consider leniency if they want sports-related Open Threads on weekends. :-)
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Syria has decided to attend this week's Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland. "Arab attendance at the Annapolis summit is seen as a victory for the U.S., which is hoping that broad Arab participation will help bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal."
What does this mean in the long run? Is peace possible in this region? Will the Bush administration be given any credit? Might this have an impact on the 2008 elections?
On to Saturday, this could be a fun day beginning with V-Tech at Virgina in less that two hours. Sweet!
Can Kentucky beat Tennessee? I think so.
Connecticut at WV could also be interesting.
Finally, this evening's matchup between Missouri and Kansas could be delicious.
The best news: my wife and daughter are spending the entire day at the salon; I got the poolwork done yesterday as well as my workout, so; I'm READY for some late season with much meaning college football. How 'bout you?
What does Kevin Rudd and his Labor Party's sweeping victory Saturday mean to the US? Is it a metaphysical certitude this will get a lot more attention from our press than Sarkozy's stunning victory in France earlier this year?
As you are likely aware, the media Scrooges are once again forecasting a terrible Christmas. With that in mind, how are you feeling about this season? Are you merry or Grinchy? Are you going to spend more or less than last year? How much of your shopping do you do on the Internet? Finally, how do you feel about your personal business and finances for next year?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: SCOTUS takes up the DC gun ban. What are your opinions on this controversial issue, and how do you think the Court will rule? Anybody want to give a justice-by-justice prediction?
Brent Bozell, President of the MRC which publishes NewsBusters, is scheduled appear tonight (Tuesday) at about 9:30pm EST (8:30pm CST, 7:30pm MST, 6:30pm PST) on FNC's Hannity & Colmes (the show will re-run at midnight EST) and Wednesday morning on FNC's Fox & Friends at about 7:15am EST.
Topic for Hannity & Colmes tonight: Ex-ABC reporter/anchor Carole Simpson endorsing Hillary Clinton and her new claim that she didn't mean to do it. For background, check this and this NewsBusters postings.
Topic for Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning: Prompted by a Tuesday New York Times story, "Baghdad Starts to Exhale as Security Improves," how the news media have been avoiding good news from Iraq. This NewsBusters posting recounted how little time the broadcast networks have allocated lately to improving conditions in Iraq.
Long-time ABC News reporter Bob Zelnick provided a review of the MRC book Whitewash to CNSNews.com on Tuesday. While he found the evidence of a pro-Hillary bias (especially among female reporters) "convincing," he also suggested that the Clinton scandals in general have been a disappointing harvest for prosecutors and investigative journalists, and the pursuit of Bill Clinton’s adulteries a political loser. Here’s an excerpt:
No one does a better job than L. Brent Bozell III and his Media Research Center in documenting the liberal bias of much of the mainstream news media. Some of their citations of my former colleagues' wisdom make me laugh out loud. Others make me furious. Nearly all provide me with ammunition for verbal repartee with my cherished liberal students and faculty friends.
Bozell's new book, "Whitewash," written with his colleague Tim Graham, does much the same thing with respect to a single subject, the rise of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton from the status of bemused wife of a serial adulterer/alleged sexual predator to a seat in the U.S. Senate and frontrunner status for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: How soon before someone in the media blames the cyclone in Bangladesh on global warming, the war in Iraq, President Bush, or all of the above?