The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 21, 2002
So, here's the deal. I buy Michael Moore's book, "Stupid White Men". It's great! I buy five more copies and hand them out to friends. They all love it. I try to find out when he's coming to Seattle so I can go support him. Portland is the closest city listed on his website. (Maybe I'll drive the three hours to see him. Maybe not.) I send him an Email asking if he's coming to Seattle. No reply. I Email the site itself. No reply.
Next, I read Jim Hightower's great interview with you. I subscribe to his newsletter. I love what he says. I find out he's doing a "Rolling Thunder Tour". I go to the website. Wow! He has Michael Moore on his tour as well! I go to the event schedule. Austin is about it! I decide to Email him to find out if HIS tour is coming to Seattle. Lo and behold, there is no "Email Jim" or "Contact" button on the "Rolling Thunder" site!
I see why George Bush is in power. Republicans may be thieves, skunks, and liars, but they are certainly a lot better at organizing, mobilizing and getting their agenda out there than anyone on the left. At this rate... we are DOOMED!
Yours is the first thing I read in the morning, last thing I read at night. I await the BuzzFlash Mailbag with my morning coffee and get annoyed when I have to leave the house without having read it. You are a lifeline.
More than that, you are a forum for the People, and now I am asking you to please use this space to rally all of us together to utilize a tool with a proven success record. (Please forgive the length of this email, but I think it's critical).
Moveon.org is the organization, and I am forwarding an email that I received to you. I urge you to please make this information available to your many readers and encourage everyone to please contact this organization. They successfully made OUR voices heard during the 2000 election, and we must be heard again, NOW MORE THAN EVER, for election 2002.
know that all of my fellow BuzzFlash friends will follow the link, send
email, donate, vote, voice their dissent....WE ARE PATRIOTS, ALL!! And
the thing I like most about Moveon.org, is that, right now, they are SOLICITING
OUR IMPUT.....if you have ideas, plans, thoughts, on how to CHANGE THE
WORLD...they want to hear it. (What a refreshing change from
But friends, if you would also send the information below to YOUR family and friends, we can show this illegal administration that THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SILENCED. They may own the television waves for now, they may own most of the newspapers and radio for now, but WE HAVE THE INTERNET, and WE WILL USE IT....NOW.
Thanks Buzz, for allowing us the space to be True Patriots and Democratic Citizens.
elaine in Petaluma
Note the name of Barbara Comstock popping up. She was the leader of the right-wing opposition "research" smear against Gore in 1999 and 2000. Also note Ashcroft's ties to the principles in this case. Rotten stuff.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Dear Buzz -
Your fans are always writing to ask what they can do to more effectively get their views out and influence our elected officials (and even some of our unelected officials) as well as to call the media to account when they have misrepresented the truth.
Anyway, early in the last presidential primary I was inspired enough by John McCain to send funds to his campaign (and I'm still mad as hell at the totally unethical treatment of him during said primary by his own party, but that's the Bush family-spirit-of-Atwater way, I guess).
As a result of that donation, I'm now part of this amazing email list that is employed whenever John needs his followers to call specific representatives and senators to influence their views on pending legislation--mainly it's been campaign finance reform but also has been used for things like the federalization of airline security personnel. (I've actually held my nose and left phone messages for Lott and Armey--eeewww). He gives us lists of who to call or email, what to request, and the time frame if it's related to a Congressional vote. We are also updated on all his TV appearances.
Couldn't something like this get started for progressives? Our voices need to be mobilized and united. Maybe this is something that could be developed in tandem with the Rolling Thunder events, to capture email addresses of like-minded individuals and utilize their activism in mass coordinated campaigns based on the issue at hand. Just an idea, as it seems to work very well for John.
P.S. We also got thanked for our support now that McCain-Feingold finally passed. I know it's just a start, but this man has spent over eight years trying to get this legislation passed (and unlike some of our spineless Dems in the Senate, recall he also voted against the tax cut). He is to be commended for his persistence. We should all be inspired by this kind of single-mindedness and dedication, and apply it to our own struggle.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Besides Moveon.org (as mentioned above), there are plenty of grassroots movements growing on the Internet. One need only find the issue they wish to support and do a search in Google. You can also try eActivist.org, which lists plenty of groups to get involved in.]
Subj: Gore/Kerry 2004!!!
This is it! This is what I want to see and this is what will work!
With all due respect to Senator Leiberman, who is a good Senator and good man, things are different now. Let's be honest, Joe was there for the unnecessary 'morality' vote.
But now Senator John Kerry is the perfect man for the job! He's one of the best Democrats we have and 'good gosh' he's war veteran! He's also proven that he can kick some ass when it comes to Republican thuggery. Which is something that we desperately need right now.
John Kerry. He's the man for V.P.
Think about it.
And pass the word.
Thought you might like to see what I wrote today to The Washington Post:
Dear Washington Post editors: Len Downie, Stephen Coll, Marie Arana, and ombudsman Michael Getler.
I was pleased to read that The Washington Post plans to run an apology next Sunday for neglecting to tell your readers that the person you chose to review David Brock's book "Blinded by the Right" had a prior affiliation with the American Spectator magazine, which had been an important topic in the Brock book. In fact, Brock's book had much to report about the American Spectator magazine's relationship to the "get Clinton" Arkansas Project. Equally, disappointing was the failure of Maria Arana, the Book World editor, to mention that her choice to review the book, Bruce Bawer, was also mentioned in the Brock book.
So, what will The Washington Post do now? Will you hire a REAL reviewer -- one without an ax to grind concerning David Brock -- to review the book again, and this time, fairly?
My fear is that The Post will do as little as you think you can get by with concerning your past errors. Or worse, that your book editor will hire someone to review the book and will insist that the book be given another bad review just to justify The Washington Post's first bad review!!
It is time -- past time, in fact -- for The Washington Post to exercise fair-play by reviewing the book again, and, this time, with a reviewer who has some integrity. Oh, and yes, credentials would be good too.
Mr. Brock's book has received good reviews whenever it has been reviewed by a newspaper or magazine that did not have a private agenda, and/or a need to kill the book in order to suppress the information in the book.
The Washington Post was once the newspaper all young journalists aspired to work at. They all wanted to find and report the news, and thought The Post was the center of the universe for that kind of honest journalism. You could be that again, but first you must make your peace with what your mission is. I think you have temporarily lost your way, ever since young Mr. Bush and his team of "handlers of the truth" came to town. The question is: Will The Washington Post be the sheriff of old, fighting for the truth to be told. Or have you already gone over to the Dark Side?
Please appoint someone whose opinion we can respect and ask him or her to re-review "Blinded by the Right." And do it with all the integrity you can muster. For old time's sake.
(name & address withheld)
Final Whitewater Report
Subj: Final Whitewater report issued-Big Dawg Cleared
Now, does the media have the intestinal fortitude to publish this on front pages across America and the world? Or on the 6 o'clock news?.....
A Letter to Paul Harvey:
Unfortunately you've been hoodwinked by the Big Fib making the rounds that Ken Lay slept over in the Clinton White House; it just ain't true, sir.
Lay slept over in the BUSH SR. White House - NEVER during Clinton's 8 years. This fib has been whipped up by (guess who) Republicans trying to shift (or at least spread) the blame for the Enron mess away from themselves.
fall for the fallback Big Lie, either: "Well, maybe Lay didn't spend
the night with the Clintons, but he & Bill played golf together,"
trying to imply they're buddies. Uh-uh; the golf match in question was
a charity, Dem vs. GOP event, with Clinton & a partner teamed AGAINST
Lay & a 2nd person. Lay's buddy is the man who refers to him as "Kenny
Boy" (the same man who lied to the public by claiming Lay backed
Ann Richards in Bush's TX
Paul, you've got the reputation of a crusty, old-fashioned truth-teller; please don't ditch it to become a shill for our current "Osama Who?" administration. I'm the father of 14- and 9-year-old sons; I don't want them going to war 5-10 years from now for reasons and against 'enemies' that seem to change from day to day - and that all seem to be connected to one degree or another to Big Oil.
While checking out several of your stories yesterday, March 19, I wound up on the Yahoo site where they had photos of smirk visiting St. Louis on the 18th of March. Most of the photos were of him with Mr. Talent (who looks like a younger version of Ken Starr). There was a small photo of a demonstration/protest against Bush. Most of the folks in the photo had signs linking Bush to Enron. There was one pro Bush/Cheney sign.
little george is dashing all over the U.S. to prop up the GHP candidates. We all know there are protests and dissatisfaction wherever he goes but, of course, the national media does not report it. I remember once (where was it?, in Texas maybe) that some BuzzFlash readers had their own protest about the theft of the presidency (that was before 9/11) and they wrote it up on BuzzFlash.
I think it would be interesting to have people who either participate/observe/see local media coverage of Dumbya's visits write it up on BuzzFlash. Sort of like a Protest Watch? It would let others see that there is not total agreement with little George.
[BuzzFlash Note: Whenever we get feedback about protests, we generally post it to the Mailbag or as a Contributor article. If we start to get a lot of that kind of contribution, we'll consider a separate page for it.]
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