Politics

COMPARING THE NEWS….It’s interesting to

COMPARING THE NEWS….It’s interesting to see how different newspapers treat the same news. Here’s how the Washington Post reported yesterday’s negotiations between Iraq and the UN team: The top U.N. arms experts said tonight that they were unable to reach agreement with Saddam Hussein’s government on several key issues they had traveled here to resolve… Read more »

MORE INTERVIEWS!….Eric Alterman links to

MORE INTERVIEWS!….Eric Alterman links to my interview with Josh Marshall today and has this to say: Some might say that a blogger interviewing a blogger about blogging is a bit on the masturbatory side. Some might be right. Heh heh. Of course, this is coming from a media guy who interviews other media guys about… Read more »

WAR ON DRUGS….Sam Heldman tells

WAR ON DRUGS….Sam Heldman tells the story of an 18-year-old high school student who has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for selling four ounces of marijuana out of his house. Surely even drug war hawks can agree that this is simply ridiculous?

FRANCE, FRANCE, FRANCE….Not surprisingly, I

FRANCE, FRANCE, FRANCE….Not surprisingly, I got lots of mail about France and the war today. However, it’s only coincidence that I had several posts about France this weekend, and while I find their latest plan unworkable I certainly respect their right to oppose a war they don’t like. In fact, I think Matt Yglesias has… Read more »

SADDAM HUSSEIN….Up until recently, Saddam

SADDAM HUSSEIN….Up until recently, Saddam Hussein was always referred to in the press as “Saddam.” And Ken Pollack’s book says this is correct: his full name means “Saddam, son of Hussein.” But just recently I’ve noticed that most of the press reports have started referring to him as “Hussein.” What’s up with that? UPDATE: Michael… Read more »

GUN CONTROL, MEDIA BIAS, AND

GUN CONTROL, MEDIA BIAS, AND ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE….Glenn Reynolds posted this approximately two minutes after 60 Minutes aired this evening: JUST SAW AN ENORMOUSLY DISHONEST “60 MINUTES” PIECE on ballistic fingerprinting. It somehow neglected this report indicating that the technology isn’t good enough even to satisfy anti-gun California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Instead, it made it… Read more »

WAR WITH IRAQ….I’ve gotten a

WAR WITH IRAQ….I’ve gotten a lot of email critical of my post on Thursday suggesting that Colin Powell had indeed made a strong case in his UN speech. This administration has lied about everything, they ask, so how can you be so credulous as to believe their latest dog and pony show? I’d like to… Read more »

FRANCE AND THE WAR….The latest

FRANCE AND THE WAR….The latest French-German idea for avoiding war with Iraq is to send in lots of UN troops: The plan, which is expected to be formally introduced as soon as Thursday, calls for the open-ended deployment of U.S. troops outside Iraq to maintain pressure on the regime, but it would otherwise take control… Read more »

IS THE MEDIA LIBERAL?….OR JUST

IS THE MEDIA LIBERAL?….OR JUST CONFUSED?….Newspaper stories about poll results are always great fodder for people looking for media bias. After all, every poll has dozens of questions, but the headline usually has room to highlight only one. So which will it be? Well, the Los Angeles Times conducted a follow-up poll last week after… Read more »

FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN NEW

FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN NEW YORK….This editorial in the New York Sun has already gotten a lot of attention, but you know what? It can’t get too much. The Sun apparently thinks thinks that free speech should stop where anti-war sentiment begins: Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly are doing the people of New York… Read more »