The BuzzFlash Mailbag
April 18, 2002
Ah, there's the rub. When most of the Democrats believe in just a slightly gentler version of the Republican program, there's nothing to fight for.
Those few Democrats who do appear to believe in something (Henry Waxman, Dennis Kucinich, John Conyers, Cynthia McKinney) are trying, but it's just too easy to marginalize them.
A BuzzFlash Letter To Roger Ailes:
Fair and Balanced...
that isn't ludicrous Orwellian double speak, I must have misunderstood
the book. You profess to be fair and balanced, but as anyone that is not
a right wingnut can see, your coverage is anything but fair and balanced.
By trying to convince the rabid right that you
I have followed your e-mail exchanges with readers of BuzzFlash.com and MediaWhoresOnline.com with some interest. I have even read your claim that these sights edit some of your responses, and ignore others. Well... let's put all of that aside for a moment, and let me assure you that it is not because of the encouragement of these websites that I write to you. I write to you because there are some things that need to be said.
The conclusions that I've reached regarding Fox News have been with me long before the establishment of either of these websites. I read them both because I'm happy to find that there are people in America who are well educated with the ability to reason. Watching Fox, I was beginning to lose that faith.
The fact is, Mr. Ailes, that Fox News could have never survived in the years prior to the mid 1980's, before the Reagan administration and a DC circuit court, already stacked with right wing activists (Scalia and Bork), eliminated the Fairness Doctrine and rebuilt the FCC to sponsor corporate interests instead of acting as the watchdog of licensees broadcasting on the people's airwaves.
Let me assure you, Mr. Ailes, that I have a life. In my time, I have been an accomplished actor, a stage director, a journalist, and my education includes a Juris Doctorate degree. Trust me when I tell you that I have seen "fair and balanced" in my life, and that there is nothing that resembles fair and balanced on Fox News. Instead, from Fox News, I have seen propaganda that would make Joseph Goebbels proud. I have witnessed "reporting," regarding both the Clintons and Gary Condit, that can be considered nothing but libel. Indeed, it is my opinion that had they chosen to do so, both Bill Clinton and Gary Condit could have brought a successful lawsuit against Fox and won, if faced with a fair court, in spite of the First Amendment which you so eagerly abuse.
I have heard members of the extreme Republican right claim that they will only be happy with television news when issue shows contain only conservative Republicans. These same members seem to be quite happy with Fox. You claim that Crossfire pits the spinners against the journalists, and in such a contest, the spinners will win every time. Well, Mr. Ailes, in a debate between a conservative and a conservative -- a conservative will win every time. There is little doubt as to why the views of the radical right prevail at Fox.
No, Mr. Ailes, you do not have to take abuse. But I do suggest that you heed some of the criticism that you are being given. As Lincoln warned that we cannot escape history, you, Sir, will be remembered in spite of yourself, and you will live prominently in the infamy of journalistic history.
see that the Military believes they made a mistake and let Bin Laden get
away. What a shame, well thank God that there were enough women, children
and starving people there that we could bomb and kill in his place, that
should show the "terrorists" over there that we are as capable
of being terrorists as they are and Bin Laden just better watch out, GWB
has his eye on you, well he will have, when he finds you and now on to
Iraq and killing all the women and children and starving people we can
find. Well, at least the ones Saddam hasn't killed. But we have to, we
have to show Saddam the same lesson we showed Bin Laden. Does anyone ever
think of going directly for the perpetrators and not the innocent? No
No, that just isn't the way it's done. And us, the innocent, have we ever
thought of telling our governments and civil servants NO.
After reading about Bush's machinations over the past week regarding the short-lived Venezuelan coup, and particularly National Security Adviser Condi Rice's lecturing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez about "respecting the democratic process," my reaction is this:
Move over folks, I think I'm gonna hurl.
I have NEVER seen an administration more hostile than this one to small-d democracy (both at home and abroad), and thus more worthy of our collective contempt -- and that includes the regimes of Nixon, Reagan, and Bush I.
These people have no moral authority to lecture ANYONE on this subject -- they wouldn't know the democratic process if it bit them in the a** -- which I fervently hope it does, in every election to come.
Rhodes of WJNO in Palm Beach has been doing the citizens of South
Florida a major service by educating them on the cause and effects of
actions of the Bush administration. She is not such a radio personality,
but a student of democracy who does her homework before she goes on air.
Yet the station is NOT supporting her efforts in promoting good citizenship.
Their web site is not operational, has errors consistently, and it is
It occurred to me that every hoax e-mail that I've ever heard of or received of a political nature has originated from the right-wing nuts (Hillary & the Gold Star Moms, Hillary & the Black Panthers, Clinton staffers ransacking the White House, the Marine helicopter crew dishonoring Clinton, Al Gore versus Christians, Clintons make the Secret Service pay their mortgage). Pretty non-inspiring stuff.
But then this occurred to me: Why not fight fire with fire, only tell the truth?
spread the word about the history and wrong doings of the Bush Administration
by doing our own e-mail, replete with links, and blind-copy it to everyone
in our address books, with a request to forward it to everyone in their
address books. At the very least, we would reach a huge number of presumably
uninformed citizens, hopefully in time for the elections. This will also
end up in the hands of the media at some point, and if it makes a
My question to everyone: What should we spread the word about that would make the most impact in an e-mail of this nature? It has to absolutely factual and to the point. It has to be non-confrontational and compelling. It has to make sense to the masses. It has to be an organized effort, not scattershot.
Let's put something together and get it rolling! If they can spread lies about us through e-mail, we can spread the truth using the same methods. Let's use all the tools at our disposal. What do you think?
[BuzzFlash Note: There's plenty of true, damning facts about Bush and his administration right here on BuzzFlash. Spend a few moments on the Perspectives page and you can find more than enough fodder for multi-forward emails.]
Don't you think many Buzz readers would love to have Ms. Harris' email address so they can tell her just how much they appreciate her following 'the Rule of Law' in the Selection of 2000?
Anyway, here it is: KatherineHarris@electharris.org
This is something that I hope your readers might have some information on.
Last week, either Wednesday or Thursday, Frank Luntz was on "Hardball," commenting on some polls taken in the Arab world, whatever. Luntz was in Mexico City, and Matthews asked him what he was doing there. Luntz said, "If I tell you, I'll have to kill you," then admitted he was on his way to Venezuela -- this is one or two days before the coup. Luntz said he was on the side of "freedom" in Venezuela, and that was it.
Does anyone out there know what THE Republican pollster was doing in Venezuela at the start of the coup?
[BuzzFlash Note: BuzzFlash'll give you one guess and it's not "buying coffee."]
Subj: In Middle East, President Is Getting a Lesson In Limitations
Limitations?! These "limitations" began when many Americans actually believed that no damage could be done by electing a man with as little experience and intelligence as GW, as long as he "surrounded himself with smart people"! Yep, Dubya sure is "limited" alright, but we knew that going in...
Based on those ill-spelled and spiteful responses that your readers have been getting from Roger Ailes and his handheld device, I guess I should be grateful that he hasn't answered me.
Maybe it's because I said my husband is an attorney, but I didn't specify where.
Tee-hee. Please keep telling it like it is. I check in every day.
Yet another insane editorial in the NYT. Not content with supporting an obviously illegal military/oligarchic coup in Venezuela, the NYT now warns the really really elected President to watch his step and suggest he needs "international support" to preserve his "fragile democracy."
I am so fed up with them. They lied and spun against Gore during the entire election, refused to publish the final results of the national election until we harassed them mercilessly for almost three months. Then, after we learned Gore won the popular vote, it took another two weeks to force the Times to update the vote as all the extraneous votes were added.
Then, to get them to publish the results of the NORC study, again, for six long weary months, we harassed them mercilessly. And we all know what happened the day the NORC results were supposed to be published: 9/11. When they finally, and very nastily, released the numbers, they appended a headline that was a total fabrication.
Now they want Venezuela to ask us how to run their affairs. Astonishing. Our election system is one of the worst in the world outside of China.
I want the World Court to subpoena Bush and his entire administration to force them to tell us what they were doing while they were supposedly focused on hunting bin Laden (yeah, right). If it is discovered that they conspired to destroy a democracy, I want them put in prison, along with Kissinger, who is most likely guilty of the same crime against Chile.
First we blow up the Red Cross (twice!) and then we "daisy cutter" Afghanistan civilians - now we bomb Canadian servicemen - gee, aren't we good? aren't we great? wouldn't anyone just be yearning to have us inside their borders - conducting our "war on terra"?
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is madness! This man, this oil-puppet, has but one linear purpose - to
maintain power for as long as possible while sucking the country and the
world dry. What possible military strategy could be contained here? Supposedly,
this is an 'enemy' who has acquired chemical and perhaps nuclear capabilities.
And we will tell them daily that we are coming after them? Do you think
this could possibly evoke some action on Iraq's part? This policy,
BuzzFlash - my sanity !
Keep on keep'in on.....
Please no more Katherine Harris fund raising letters. Since I had my gall bladder removed, I simply cannot stomach tripe.
Seriously, Buzz, thank you for finally presenting me a connection to the world of real people who come equipped with brains. The reason the conservatives are so concerned about cloning is their fear that we as a species will genetically engineer smarter humans. If we did that, where would the Republican Party find members?
How did we get in this mess? We have a pretender occupying the White House, while the most brilliant politician and statesman to grace our country in many years is hounded by a group of neurotics who want to register his erections.
We're trying to overthrow democracy in Venezuela, while we say we're trying to institute it in Iraq. We have an Attorney General who spends $8,000 trying to hide a bronze breast, so he won't be distracted by it while he attempts to dismantle the Constitution.
Help! It can't be real. It must be a dream, maybe like the Ewings of Dallas, we'll all wake up to discover it's all just been a bad dream.
I can hope, can't I.
Here is a letter I sent to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
I like the letter from the reader about calling Bush, "The oil president." How bout let's call him "Oil Slick." Remember "Slick Willy"? Wouldn't it be funny if everybody just started calling that old Bush, "Oil Slick"?
a buzzflash reader who is
First of all I wanted to thank all the staff at BUZZFLASH for providing a place for people to get accurate reporting on issues, as opposed to the propaganda being put out by the white house and the corporate media!
This is the first time in my life that I cannot even watch a President on TV! As soon as bush's face shows up on the screen, I have to change channels. I don't know if it's the constant smirk on his face, or the knowledge that he actually lost the election that makes it unbearable to watch him? All I know is, as much as I disliked Reagan, and even bush jr's. father, they did not hurt my eyes as much as this guy. Please, let's all work together to make sure that like his father, he is a one term president. We need some accurate polling done also. So many people are convinced by the phony polls that this is a popular president, that they are inclined to jump onboard. Let's let them know it's OK not to like bush. In fact I believe if reelection was held today, that bush would lose again to President Al Gore! Thanks for your help in getting the truth out!
Hi and thanks for being the best source of news anywhere, the web, television, print media, ANYWHERE!! Especially, thank you for printing the Oriana Fallaci piece from Corriere della Sera. I had actually received it from someone else and had just read it and logged onto Buzz to tell you about it, because, truth to tell, I thought maybe your folks were too far beholden to the far left to accept this piece. But, I was wrong and you are REALLY, REALLY the best. I am only a lowly secretary with a retired husband, but once my tax refund comes through, there will be some of it sent to you!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
In the last six months of 2001, the Coushatta Indians, a tribe with 800 members and a large casino in southwest Louisiana, paid $1.76 million to the law firm of Jack Abramoff, a Republican lobbyist in Washington.
Last month, the Bush administration handed the tribe a big victory by blocking construction of a casino by a rival tribe that would have drained off much of the Coushattas' business
1. Continue the good work.. I still buy a paper copy of the NY Times, but I read BuzzFlash first thing with coffee at the desk.
2. I've seen enough "America's Shooting Gallery" lately to think you need to section them off like your (wonderfully funny) humor section.
3. Great Banner story this morning.
Re: Chavez's Second Chance - By Jennifer McCoy
Dear Ms. McCoy:
While the attempted coup in Venezuela is very troubling, especially if our government was involved in promoting it, I'm much more concerned about our country's democratic system of checks and balances and the freedom of expression of our citizens! The "irregularities" in our last presidential election has made it painfully clear that our democracy is itself quite fragile and also in need of a national dialogue.
You speak about a breakdown of communication between the Venezuelan government and its critics -- what about the American critics (or dissenters) to the policies of the Bush administration who are routinely forced to "first amendment zones" so they will not be seen or heard? What about the American citizens who have been harassed and/or arrested on fraudulent charges, while engaging in peaceful protest?
Our government's campaign of intimidation and veiled threats to our citizens has been quite effective in silencing any and all debate in this country. Why has the mainstream media decided NOT to report on these undemocratic events happening right now and right here in America?
Where is the credible investigation into the rioters who successfully stopped the counting of votes in Miami in the 2000 election, and into all the other alleged election fraud and irregularities connected with that "democratic" election? Where is the credible investigation into the 9/11 failure of the US government agencies whose sole purpose for being is to protect us? Why is it that anyone who dares to inquire about investigating these monumental failures is labeled unpatriotic or worse?
If you are as interested in our democracy as in Venezuela's, and I'm sure you are, then why aren't you helping to begin a national dialogue here by writing about these issues?
Subj: Chavez Regained Power While Plotters Bickered
Actually, even more damning than the money is the fact that OTTO REICH, a private citizen, met with other government officials and representatives of a foreign government on a matter for which he had failed to obtain Senate confirmation: "In his role as head of the business association, Carmona traveled to Washington in November with a delegation of seven business leaders. He said the delegation met with John Maisto, Bush's national security aide for Latin America, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Otto J. Reich, then Bush's nominee to head the State Department's Western Hemisphere affairs division. Reich, a conservative Cuban exile who has expressed his deep concerns over Chavez's leftist agenda, now holds the post under an appointment."
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