The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 4, 2002
Subj: Have They NO Shame
A typical GHP response to WAR HERO Senator Kerry's criticism of Trent Lott and Tom Delay, both "legal" draft dodgers. (I was a bit disappointed that Senator Kerry didn't lump St. John Ashcroft, Cheney and the Shrubmeister himself in with Trent and Tom.)
Quote from a top GHP official:
I need to ask a question here. ARE THESE PEOPLE FOR FREAKING REAL?
The GHP has accused anyone and everyone who dares question their "disgusting," (to use a DeLay word), agenda of being unpatriotic, or aiding terrorists.
Not to mention the GHP's attempts to use this so called war and the country's patriotism for their own political purposes. Didn't Karl Rove brazenly state that the GHP would be using the never ending war for their own political gain? The hypocrisy of these people never ceases to astound me. Truly DISGUSTING.
Funny how I keep reading how popular the media reports the President to be, but I never see the figures or the actual questions upon which the poll is based. There's a big difference between the question "Do you support the President" and "Do you support the OFFICE of the President." Why does the media report he's so popular? Could it be that folks don't have any viable alternatives that they can perceive as available to them? Seems more like one of those, "If we say it enough, folks will BELIEVE he's popular."
Notice this statement:
"The Massachusetts liberal was speaking at a party fund-raiser in New Hampshire, whose first-in-the-nation presidential primary will play a key role in choosing the Democrat who will challenge President Bush in 2004."
See how they point out that Senator Kerry is a liberal. When is the last time you saw any article that started out categorizing any Republican Senator as "The Texas conservative..." I don't recall ever seeing it put that way.
They do this so often that most people don't even think about it, but coupled with the extreme right-wing bashing of the word liberal it makes the above statement a put-down without having the appearance of having done so.
This has become so common it is accepted as "normal" reporting.
The Bush team claim they chose Yucca Mountain based on 2 decades of sound science & therefore it is a wise decision yet those same 2 decades worth of scientific research on global warming is inconclusive or even disingenuous. The research was likely conducted by many of the same scientists or teams. And no one in the media has the nerve to ask the question.
Subj: A Who-ville crescendo
The "Patriotic Stupor" Daytona Beach News-Journal editorial was the bravest piece of editorializing I've seen in a mainstream paper since September 11. God bless whoever has the guts down there in Jeb-land.
Finally, whispers are becoming actual speech. Today in the Guardian-UK's "Talk" stream, in a discussion of a wonderful article by Paul Kennedy, there was a lengthy posting of a text by Kent Southard about "conspiracy whispers" in the U.S. and some recent odd public statements that suggest there may be a major "outing" soon. Not a moment too soon, if so. Given the stakes, we'd best all be praying hard.
Thanks to your wonderful news links, I'm easily able to keep informed about what our "free press" is telling us, and what they're not. I sent the following email to the Daytona Beach News Journal:
Patriotic stupor: White House junta is undermining democracy
All I can say after reading your brilliant editorial is, BRAVO!!!
Finally, it appears that a few of you in the mainstream media are coming out of your collective coma! I am one of perhaps many, many, millions of Americans who have been watching what the Bush administration has been doing to our country with disbelief and absolute horror!
We are bombarded daily with propaganda about Bush's popularity, and mindless flag waving. Any and all protesters are forced into "first amendment zones" so that they will not be seen or heard. We are told about new executive orders that make us feel that any dissenters will likely be put on "disloyalty lists" of people to be watched, and labeled as traitors who are "aiding the terrorists." We wonder if our email and Internet use is already being monitored. Some of our neighbors who once discussed politics freely, are now absolutely silent!
We quietly wonder where all of this will end, and why our free press is pretending that none of this is happening.
We sincerely thank you for finally daring to speak the truth.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: When Satire Becomes Documentary
In 1975, the film "Network" was considered one of the 'must-see' pictures of that year. For those not familiar with the film, it was a high satire of how a TV network prostitutes the integrity of its news department in a cheap ploy for ratings. In 1975, this was a satire... in 2002, it's a documentary.
Interestingly, this is a film receives very little attention anymore. It seldom shows up on classic movie channels, and it's even a bit difficult to find at your local Blockbuster. A possible reason could be that so few people under the age of 20 might understand why this movie is satire. How sad that we must explain to a new generation the concept that "news" was once intended to inform, rather than entertain.
Furthermore, the information was expected to be of importance, as well as conforming to a basic standard of truth and accuracy. ("Yes children, once upon a time, news stories were based on FACTS, reporters did something called RESEARCH before they reported the stories. They felt it was important to confirm what they reported.") And if you want to get some really shocked looks from these young faces, tell them how reporters could LOSE THEIR JOBS, by reporting stories devoid of facts or based only on innuendo. But we should forgive their incredulous looks. After all, we now have a government that wants to sanction an official department of lies. (a.k.a. Office of Strategic Influence)
Of course they are not lies, exactly. Lies aren't popular with the present regime. Only their opponents "lie"...the current power in the White House and its supporters merely "misstate" or "misspeak" or get quoted "out of context" -- which is what Jerry Falwell claimed after being taken to task for his comments linking gays, women and the ACLU to terrorist attacks. Although it's difficult to think of just what "context" such remarks could be taken in
in 2002, no one really "gets" the humor in "Network."
Maybe we should have paid closer attention when the film was so popular.
Perhaps we should have seen the deeper message, and realized that yes,
news can become just one more form of entertainment, and that eventually
we will be fed streams of sensationalistic garbage and non-news, because
it gets great ratings. In one seminal moment of the film a news anchorman
calls upon his audience to wake up and realize how they are being manipulated.
"Turn off your TVs. Get up out
When do we start shouting?
Kerry's speech was riveting and heartfelt. As a Viet combat vet who lost a leg, even I was "standing tall."
I assume he would like to keep this a "secret" too? Aren't these the guys that left the Security Plans at a souvenir shop?
See both articles - are the "grown-ups" really in charge?
What the hell is going on?
U.S. agents idled in probe
PROVO - What began as a noise disturbance complaint at a Utah County motel earlier this month may land three U.S. Secret Service agents in criminal court on allegations of misconduct involving a party with underage girls and alcohol.
Secret Service Says Agents Brawled Outside Bar
ENCINITAS, Calif. (Reuters) - Four off-duty U.S. Secret Service agents fought a crowd of locals in a San Diego area bar brawl on the day Vice President Dick Cheney began his four-day California tour, an agency spokesman confirmed on Saturday.
From the CNN.com article ("Daschle stands by war comments") to which you linked on Saturday, March 2:
"This is not just about one or two people," Lott said, "not just about getting al Qaeda."
Excuse me, Mr. Hair Helmet, but when the pretzeldent got us into this so-called "war on terra," he expressly stated the purpose was to "git bin Laden" ("dead or alive") and to "git al Qaeda."
Then again, the pretzeldent did, just a couple of weeks ago, announce that bin Laden "wasn't important."
One wonders what IS important. (Well, some of us don't really wonder; we KNOW it's All About The Almighty Black Gold.)
But the mainstream press needs to start questioning the administration's motivation -- NOW. They need to start asking some REAL questions like, "Just how high WAS that couch?" and not, "What kind of pretzels were they?"
According to the wash post...(this is also on BuzzFlash-- political donors get private briefings)...down at the bottom of the article they cite the following...
has happened to the morally superior GOP????????
[BuzzFlash Note: For all the Republican finger-pointing at Clinton/Gore over the last nine years, it's very interesting to watch so many of them "hoisted by their own petards." Reminds us of a comment we heard in third-grade: "He who smel't it first, dealt it first."]
Monday (March 4, 2002), Bush will visit Minnesota to stump for his hand-picked
Republican candidate for Senate, Norm Coleman. Coleman is the Republican
challenger to sitting Senator Wellstone (Dem.), who is up for re-election
Another thing that has me steamed is that my tax dollars are going to support a fund raising event for a Republican who I don't support. As you'll read in the article:
may be of interest for BuzzFlash to note that Bush began his energy plan
stumping in Minnesota, with Coleman fawning away at his side.
Newsmax is trying to get their dishonest propaganda placed in every library in America. They are starting a print version of their slanderous website.
Please notify the library associations in your States, and even individual libraries warning them about this attempt to spread slander and propaganda.
Here is a sample e-mail I sent to the Michigan Library Association:
"Apparently, the online "news" site "Newsmax" is trying to start a print version, and get it placed in every library in America.
I wanted your organization to be aware of how biased, and one-sided Newsmax is in their supposed "news" coverage.
Not only biased, but dishonest.
This website will help explain:
I hope you will notify your member institutions about this dishonest publication.
If your member institutions do elect to take this magazine, they ought to set aside a special place for it in their "Fiction" section.
The more e-mails and communications these folks get from residents of their States and communities, the more likely it is they will not take this piece of trash.
Please help spread the word.
"More on Our Shadow Government. Is Anyone Asking Why This is News
Note: "Poll ratings," maybe. They sure have spun it like some
"new and improved" detergent, making it sound like they were
doing us all a favor by hiding duplicates of only one-third of our government.
But, it's got an eerie feel to it, like when your neighbor's "Dennis
the Menace" kid comes over and does something nice for you. You're
surprised and confused, wearing that half-smile of pleasant disbelief,
because the kid's behavior is completely out of character, totally without
precedent and probably an attempt to cover for something really, really
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Subj: Just a big thank you . . .
...for getting Michael Moore's book to me so quickly!
I'm really enjoying it - almost as much as I enjoy perusing BUZZFLASH daily for the REAL news that mainstream media WON'T report. BUZZFLASH is the UNDrudge duJour!
For instance, one would think the story about the EPA official, Eric Schaeffer, quitting the EPA and most importantly the REASON he quit - and the fact that Mr. Schaeffer was hired by Bush's own father would be FRONT PAGE news!
This is SIGNIFICANT in view of Bush's penchant for gutting the Clean Air Act...however, good ol Mom heard naught a WORD about it on trusty old CNN (aka the CONservative Nazi Network) - not ONE word!
...and this is where BUZZFLASH comes in: to provide IMPORTANT stories such as this one - stories with information in them that is relevant, and that the public NEEDS to know.
With 'mainstream' media (AKA corporate-owned, AKA conservative) "news," all we get is more 'Monica Lewinsky, WhiteHouseTrashingGate blather." This type of tabloid trash is not useful or even considered 'news' news to most voters and air-breathers. (well, except the ditto-heads out there)
I will continue to pass these stories on to all I know who are stuck with TeeVee 'news' so that they know just how much real, relevant NEWS is being ignored, hidden, and simply not reported by right-wing spinning, 'mainstream' media.
Meanwhile, I am simultaneously deliriously happy and deliriously sad that BUZZFLASH exists. Happy, because without such 'shrill' (© WSJ) websites as BUZZFLASH, we wouldn't ever get wind of real news; and sad because 'mainstream' media (CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, etc.) SHOULD be reporting these stories on their front pages, but they're not.
87% of this country suffers from 'information anemia' due to mainstream media's umbilical cord to the White House, and their right-leaning tunnel-vision.
Thank Heavens for BUZZFLASH - the red-blooded informative shot in the arm we voters need - and for guys like Michael Moore, who spare no sharp words for the arrogant 'untouchables' running this country.
wish to draw a parallel between your article 'Clinton the Peacemaker'
and a mailbag letter from one of your regular contributors, Barbara from
Atlanta. In a recent letter she expresses
I really hear Bush telling the Chinese how to be 'good Chinese' the other
week?! Now this all leads me onto Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton has been
embraced, consulted, admired and respected by just about everybody OUTSIDE
of the US. And now he is free to walk the
I hate to break it to you, but George W. is considered globally as more truly representative of the average American than Bill Clinton. Personally I know and like too many Americans to believe this to be true, but as you know, perception is reality. So back to the beginning and America, the example to the rest of the world.
Truly great leaders, lead by examples of goodness, fairness and intelligence, and history judges them by their treatment of others. Other leaders EMERGE as bullies, they do not lead they merely govern, not because of admiration, but through fear and might. History also judges these leaders and their countrymen by their treatment of others. So I ask you, how do you think America under George Bush is shaping up at the moment?
I am pretty troubled by Bush failing to notify Congress of his establishment of a "shadow" government. But, I feel it is typical of this administration's arrogance and their obsession with secrecy.
The Bush folks seem to think there is but one branch of the government, that their constituents consist entirely of corporations and the very wealthy, and free speech is only for who agree with their views and actions.
But, in every cloud there is a silver lining and I think some good will come out of this latest revelation about the Bush administration . . . also . . . I think we should consider calling this administration the Shadow Administration... I think that is a more fitting and descriptive name for Bush, Hughes, Cheney, Rove and the gang....
Another reason Ari floated the Clinton-was-the-problem-in-the-Middle-East story was to get it into the news and get it into the minds of the American people.
He can "retract" from now till doomsday, but the debate will go on in living rooms and bars all over America as to whose fault Middle-East violence is.
It will undoubtedly be brought up on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" show, where the likes of Ann Coulter can beat Clinton to death with the blame.
Once the topic has been unleashed, the right-wing fanatics know (without any need to be told) what they have to do - FAN THE FLAMES and keep the blame-Clinton-game going. Forever.
Ari's pre-planned-if-necessary-"retraction" also gave Chimpy-Boy an opportunity to look like a Big Man by "ordering" his press spokesperson to "retract"!
According to reports, the blame-the-Clintons-for-everything-that-goes-wrong tactic originated at the White House with George W. Chimpy Bush. What a weasel!!
A Skeptical Ari-Watcher
I sent this to every Repuglican I could find an e-mail address for. I even sent one to John Breaux, he might as well be one....he walks, talks and votes like a Repug. I also sent a blind copy to Terry McAuliffe at the DNC for his information. (email@example.com) I hope others will join me! As you can see by my letter below I am outraged and I have had enough!!
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I think it must kill the Bush administration that when Clinton was president, every country he went to, people came out in droves to see or touch him. Wherever Bush goes, he is met with protesters.
I was watching Chris Matthews on Hardball tonight. He discussed with Whoopi Goldberg that everything was changed since 9/11 and that it is no longer acceptable to joke about the pResident.
Then he told this joke to Whoopi:
Q: Do you know the difference between Al Gore and Osama bin Laden?
A: Osama is wanted.
I wrote to MWO and everyone I know and asking them to email Chris Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him what a terrible joke that was and that Gore was wanted by many more people than Bu$h.
A Bush mouthpiece suggested that Clinton is responsible for the last 17 months of Middle East violence. When will it end? Is Bush going to blame Clinton's gene pool for the antics of Laura's daughters Jenna & Barbara?
[BuzzFlash Note: Since Republicans often run on the "morals" ticket (Bush most certainly did), and the "Christian" Coalition and others like them are such vehement supporters of all things right-wing, how ironic it all seems that the Bush family is so rife in unseemly conduct and Chelsea Clinton has been nothing less than a sane, intelligent, and well-raised adult.]
is the March 1 Stars and Stripes' take on the Washington Times article
above. I've asked S & S to send me a copy. Notice how much stronger
the S & S article is than the Washington Times. Not sure where S &
S got these vitriolic quotes. I don't see them in the Times article. It's
as if the S & S want open season on the Bush administration.
What does it take for BuzzFlash to get a White House press pass, and send someone to press briefings to ask the questions we all want asked?
If nothing else, this could be a great fundraising approach - send money to help BuzzFlash hire a Washington-based journalist.
- Dave Johnson
Bush has a shadow government. What else is new?
Why does Bush need a shadow government? This government conducts all its business in secret.
- Hallie, NYC
p.s. I disagree with Barbara's suggestion about voting repeatedly on CNN polls. I do not think we should "freep" CNN polls even though they skew right because of repeated freeping from organized Free Republic wingnuts. We should never stoop to their level. I think we should look for other creative ways to thwart their poll- and election-fixing, but not poll-rigging. (For example, we could try to publicize their vote-rigging, which is organized in public forums on FreeRepublic.com). It's conservatives, not liberals, who vote more than once.
A BuzzFlash Reader Letter to NBC:
To Whom It May Concern:
It has recently been brought to my attention that the Free Republic website is attempting to organize a write-in/email campaign against Aaron Sorkin in response to Mr. Sorkin's comments that were critical of the current administration. (See URL below.)
I sincerely hope that you and others will see this juvenile and whiney attempt at censorship for what it truly is. I have every confidence that you will support Mr. Sorkin's right to criticize and disagree with the current occupant of the White House and his policies.
Less than one week after Bush himself speaks in China touting the virtues of permitting dissent, and tolerance, and of free speech... the editors and staff of the Free Republic are once again giving the rest of us a peek into the warped and hypocritical inner workings of the mind of right wing nut. A casual and brief glance is all you need to see that the Free Republic's campaign against Mr. Sorkin is sheer partisan hypocrisy. Indeed, its ironic that the very ones who accuse others of being "unpatriotic" are perhaps the most unpatriotic of all. It it weren't so pathetic, it would be laughable.
hope you'll take this opportunity to closely examine the myopic and elitist
tactics employed by the folks from the Free Republic web site and their
supports. Although I'm sure their actions will be frustrating for you
and Mr. Sorkin in the coming weeks... a careful analysis of what they
say (and more importantly... what they OMIT) will prove to provide you
Rest assured that I --- and the majority of the other Americans who are capable of thinking for themselves --- will continue to watch and enjoy the West Wing and will continue to patronize the advertisers on the West Wing.
Subj: George (Orwell) Bush
It seems obvious that the Bush administration's strategy has taken a page from George Orwell's famous book, "1984." After the overthrow of the Farmer and the takeover of the farm by the animals, the pigs in charge have a disagreement. An idealistic pig named Snowball is discredited and chased off, never to be seen again.
when things start to go wrong at the farm, the pigs in charge decide to
make Snowball the scapegoat in his absence. If a drainpipe becomes clogged,
it's because of something Snowball did before he left. If a policy didn't
work, it must have been something Snowball came up with. If something
falls apart, Snowball must have sneaked in during the night
Bush administration has made Clinton their "Snowball the pig".
Anything they screw up, anything that doesn't make them look good, anything
that goes wrong, has nothing to do with them. After all, they've only
been in office for a year...how could they have possibly
Do these idiots think they have a chance of getting my trust?
Not a Snowball's chance in hell.
Check these two bios out for how Enron connection has changed...
otherwise noted, all original