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?
With few exceptions, this looks like another very unexciting College Football weekend with limited interesting matchups much as last week.
Such is certainly not the case when OSU heads to Ann Arbor for those teams' Big Game. I am NOT a Wolverines fan for a variety of reasons. However, after their atrocious start, wouldn't it be amazing for them to win this game? As such, I'm pulling for Blue here just to finish one of their craziest seasons on record.
Heading waaaaay south, I just can't see Kentucky beating the Dawgs at home. Does anybody think they have a chance?
Yet, I can see Cincy beating West Virginia today. Anybody?
Finally, despite their rankings, can anybody without an axe to grind really get excited about tonight's other prime time matchup of BC against Clemson?
People's Sexiest Man Alive issue is out (Matt Damon?) and inside, there's a feature on "Sexy at Any Age," with pictures of men from 20 to 60. The media's represented, with CNN's Anderson Cooper representing the age of 40, and at 59....Bryant Gumbel. What else is up today?
Brent Bozell, President of the MRC which runs NewsBusters, appeared Monday night on FNC's Hannity & Colmes to discuss his new book published by Crown Forum, Whitewash: What the Media Won't Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will. Sean Hannity called the book “timely,” hailed how he “loved” it and admired how it “weaves together a story about Hillary that the media won't tell.” Hannity and Alan Colmes also asked for Bozell's reaction to the low box office numbers for Robert Redford's anti-Iraq war movie, Lions for Lambs. Bozell suggested: “People don't want to go to a movie to see America's military trashed.”
Bozell is scheduled to appear Tuesday morning at about 7:40 AM EST on FNC's Fox & Friends and later in the day on CNBC's 7pm EST Kudlow & Company. He's also doing a lot of radio interviews over the next few days.
Video clip of the Hannity & Colmes interview above or download it (6:36): Windows Media (12.8 MB at 256 Kbps) or Real (5 MB at lower quality 100 Kbps), plus MP3 audio (2.3 MB).
For general debate and discussion. Possible talking point: How serious are the recent crack's in Hillary's campaign? Will her two-week stumble lead to a train wreck, or will her campaign, aided by an adoring media, regain its footing in time for the upcoming primaries and caucuses?