The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 18, 2002
I was motivated by the article from MediaWhoresOnline about Bawer's review to email the Washington Post the following:
Residing in rural America an hour and a half from Washington D.C, I used to find it a treat to read the Post on Sundays. As a used book dealer, I also found reading Book World helpful. In the past year I find myself less and less inclined to walk a half a block to get the Post. It no longer enthralls. OK perhaps the internet news has filled some of my news needs. But I don't think that's all of it. It just isn't that interesting.
recent review of David Brock's book, BLINDED BY THE RIGHT just deepens
my disappointment. It's not just uninteresting, it's deceitful not to
have noted that Bruce Bawer was an American Spectator writer. OK just
as the United States is a nation in decline, promulgating war instead
of peace - power by virtue of its military rather than its
When Great Britain lost its world dominance it retained a lot of good qualities. As a matter of fact we rely on it for international news. What will the U.S. retain after its decline? Or more to the point, can you persuade the Post to retain some integrity and principles of good journalism in these times??
With his campaigning, his exercising, his naps, and his forever war, it does not leave time for anything else, does it.
This isn't the first time The Washington Post has hired an American Spectator writer to review a book that exposes the workings of the Spectator and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. In 2000, The Post's book editor hired American Spectator critic James Bowen to review Gene Lyons' and Joe Conason's book The Hunting of the President, which exposed the Spectator. It was a deadly hit piece, and caused a furor. Even the Columbia Journalism Review spanked The Post.
Subj: NewsFlash: Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) contributed $258,275 to repubs., $0 to dems, 1995 - 2000!
...Top "Soft Money" Contributors
So-called soft money contributions are given to the political parties in unlimited amounts from corporations, unions and the wealthy. Table 3 shows that the top 15 auto industry contributors have given more than $3.6 million in "soft money" to Republican party committees and $383,143 to Democratic party committees in this six-year Senate election cycle – that’s nine times more to Republicans than to Democrats.
Source: Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), includes all contributions available electronically from the FEC as of October 1, 2000....
[BuzzFlash Note: "Affiliated Computer Services has a five-year, $75 million contract with the INS to process paperwork involving foreigners visiting the United States." That's from this story: "Bush Angry Over Hijackers Visas."]
Subj: New word to use in Buzz headlines.
"Infotatorship"..a form of governing that is based on surveillance and media manipulation rather than on out right physical repression.
This word would fit Ari, Rummy, Shrub, Ashcroft, Powell, Rice, etc. etc. etc.
above site leads to the one below:
This is a very interesting site listing the payroll of executives of major corporations. Take a look at some of them. For instance, Enron, Global Crossing, UnitedHealth, ExxonMobil, Allstate, American General. Shocking, that's for sure. No wonder these corps get into trouble-nothing can sustain that amount plus they pass it on to us which is even worse.
at oil chief's 58% pay rise
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Regarding that so-called "correction" finally issued by the NY Times .....
How much of a "correction" was it really? Verbatim, here is what they printed on March 15, 2002:
You'll note it mentions "While [Lay and Clinton] played golf together . . ." It STILL sounds as if they were "buddies"; no mention that (a) it was ONE golf game; and, (b) they played AGAINST each other in a Dems vs. Reps kind of game.
I suppose we should be grateful that they printed a correction, and that
it was the first of many printed (should tell you something right there),
I wonder if the correction wasn't worse than the original lie. It just
reads as so patronizing; more of the "well, we know he's guilty of
SOMETHING" nonsense that is still being perpetuated more than a
I woke up yesterday and suddenly was struck by the thought, "Hey! Why didn't Bush and the White House condemn like crazy the "leaking" of the Nuclear Posture Review to the L.A. Times?" Til yesterday, like most everybody, I'd just been consumed by how insane and scary it was. I wondered if your readers had been asking the same question and went back through last week's mailbag. I saw that Lee Roskin had been much more awake than I've been and questioned it on the 11th.
him, I find it hard to wrap my brain around the kind of convoluted shell
game that might provide a self-serving reason for the administration to
scare the whole world with this story. To deflect attention from Enron,
or Dr. Barbara Rosenberg's allegations that the
the nuclear review was intentionally leaked, like all the admin's actions
it fails to take into account the reactions of people and countries around
the world. I'm afraid the admin thinks it's just a matter of manipulating
information -- as "J.A. in LA" put it, playing the nuclear threat/the
"war on terrorism," etc. "like a board game"--and
utterly fails to comprehend the possible destabilizing effects around
the world, particularly in increased
Another possibility, I fear, is that Bush just plain gets high on war. The press report of his news conference this week said he was "high-spirited and confident" (while still managing to squeeze out a tear for our soldiers lost in Afghanistan). I'm no doctor or psychiatrist, but I'm suspicious that Bush is starting to exhibit something of a manic high about "the war."
And finally, out of all of it this week, the most disgusting thing I read: the Washington Post's report of Bush's fundraising trip to Florida (March 9). The piece starts out with Bush shedding tears and hugging the families of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan (the Post sympathetically describing as a "rare public display" the way "his voice caught, he struggled to regain his composure"--gag me). The families were present for Bush's speech at a semiconductor facility. The rest of the article, though, provides details of the fundraising part of the trip, "his third to Florida in five weeks to promote his brother's reelection bid. This trip, according to the White House, raised $500,000, but the Florida news said was "at least $750,000." It is only in the third-to-last paragraph of the 3-column article that it is mentioned that "as with other fundraising trips, the White House added an official presidential speech that allows the party to share the trip's cost with the government." Yes, boys and girls, our taxpayer dollars are funding Bush's trips to get his brother reelected. Bush told donors on the trip, "I told Jeb I'll do anything he wants me to do to get him elected." Who says he's not an honest man?
We have to keep turning a searchlight on each and every action of this administration. The majority of Americans may seem to be still asleep, but they're the same people who, when all was said and done, refused to let the manipulations of the right-wing crazies and a biased press run Clinton out of the White House. Eventually, I believe, they'll all wake up to the fact that we're being played for suckers.
The one about how George has taken over and does as he pleases. I have
a voice, and I have a backbone. But, unfortunately, I have fallen into
a family and most friends who either don't give a damn or think Bush is
equal to God. My voice, and I do stand for my beliefs, always! . . . are
not heard. Have you ever been in a crowd of one minded, one thinking republicans?
I have. And, they come at you with every silly, inane, argument. For instance,
my daughter, whom I love dearly, became a stepford wife in the last election.
Rogue CIA elements may have attacked America...
Sen. Trent Lott tells victim and survivor Sen. Maj. Leader Tom Daschle "ASK NO QUESTIONS, you liberal traitor!"
Maybe Sen. Lott should check his medication, and with his CIA friends, before questioning the US Senate's right to be informed on "secret" government activities and expenditure....
We DEMAND and investigation! If the administration or authorities are harboring a terrorist, we demand impeachments and prosecutions!
just got this in an email today and thought it was a pretty interesting
review of a pretty controversial book that might be worth forwarding.
I went ahead and ordered a copy for myself today but I'm pretty sure that
Brock's revelations will do nothing more than confirm what I already thought.
The amazing thing is how many of the people he names in his book were
rewarded with appointments to the current Bush administration. Think it's
possible that they had a plan? What they've done over the last nine years
(and are continuing to do now) is a play straight out of history circa
Bush is going to cover-up the SEC investigation on ENRON by underfunding the SEC, making it impossible for the SEC to fully investigate. Bush-Cheney's corruption is outrageous, like a 3rd world country. The 'mainstream' media in the USA continues to ignore the ENRON scandal, ENRON-GATE, and instead focus on trivial news stories like "dog bites man" stories, distracting the public from the real problems that effect their real everyday lives.
"... Securities and Exchange Commission had insufficient funds to crack down on corporate misconduct ..."
brushes aside concerns over SEC funding
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re: Bob (Bonehead) Barrs plea for money
All during the Clinton years I got this kind of drivel. I never voted
republican in my entire
Shirley, St. Louis
I've just been having this hilarious thought..for days. Ever since I read those little thoughts of Tipper running. Wouldn't it be great if there was another Clinton/Gore ticket in 2008??
Just asking! Just asking!????
Shirley, St. Louis
Dear Mr. Shapiro,
Thank you for your column, which I read via a link from my favorite website, BuzzFlash.com.
It's good to know not every journalist in Washington DC has been reduced to repeating administration propaganda. The fact that your column runs in the ultra-mainstream USA Today gives me hope the American people will wake up sooner rather than later as to the danger posed to our country and the world by this out-of-control, unelected administration.
The chicanery that installed George W. Bush in the White House is already on the record, if essentially ignored by the media and political establishment; his actions on every front since being handed the presidency like an unearned gift have been literally jaw-dropping. I am convinced that at some point in the future we will discover what really happened prior to and on 9-11 that suddenly gave George W. Bush a bottomless blank check - and it will not be pretty.
Dear Senator Lott:
An AP article available on Yahoo! states the following: "I'm not going to let go of it for a long time," said Lott, upset because the Senate Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) killed the nomination of U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi to the U.S. Appeals Court in New Orleans."
Senator Lott, apparently you have forgotten the abysmal treatment given the President Clinton's nominees for just about everything for his entire eight year term, and unlike Mr. Bush, President Clinton was ACTUALLY ELECTED.
Furthermore, from all I have read Mr. Pickering was simply not suitable for a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary.
Apparently you have forgotten that while in control of the senate, you blocked everything you personally disagreed with (such as campaign finance reform) against the wishes of a clear majority of the American People.
The Republican party did everything in its power immediately following the September 11 atrocity to prevent making flying safer for the American people, preferring instead to let petty politics jeopardize the lives of countless citizens. We have God to thank for the fact that there were no similar attacks on our soil since then, not the Republican party.
May I respectfully suggest that you might try to get your own house in order before you go throwing temper tantrums and further impede progress.
I just popped over to the article mentioned today Yahoo! News - U.S. Won't Recognize Mugabe Gov't. - as usual there is a number posted for the number of comments regarding this article. Thought I would take a look and see if others thought the same as I- hypocrisy in action- Amazingly the note says that there are forty plus messages. However, when you look for them there are none. Guess they didn't like the comments! Probably wouldn't have cared for mine either. Censorship apparently is alive and well at Yahoo.
Peggy from TX
otherwise noted, all original