Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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World marks Auschwitz's liberation

Sixty years ago today, a facility to kill and incinerate human beings — mostly Jews, but others as well — was shut down by the advancing armies of the then-Soviet Union. Here's the BBC's story: World marks Auschwitz liberation The site has become the most powerful symbol of the Holocaust Holocaust survivors and world leaders […]

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Voter turnout is too heavy for the Bloggies

The Bloggies are one popular awards website, says this BBC story. When I went there this aft., I got a “bandwidth limit exceeded” message.”

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The horror lingers

Millions of American children are still haunted by the trauma of seeing Janet Jackson's partially exposed breast for a second or two during last year's Super Bowl halftime show, according to a fake FCC study reported in The Onion. An excerpt: “No one who lived through that day is likely to forget the horror,” said noted child […]

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Israel blames rising UK anti-Semitism on media

Complaining about Israel's treatment of Palestinians and likening it to a “Nazi state” is behind the rise in attacks on Jews in the UK, Israeli officials claim. Here's an excerpt from the Guardian (reg. req.): Britain suffered the sharpest rise in anti-semitic attacks of any country last year, and British press coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian […]

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Helicopter crash? What helicopter crash?

The NYT's Elizabeth Bumiller analyzes Dubya's news conference from Wednesday morning — which happened after 31 U.S. troops died in a helicopter crash, but didn't voluntarily mention it — in light of an aggressive White House communications strategy to make put the Iraq election in the best possible light. Part of that strategy? Not defining what […]

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When being politically incorrect is historically wrong

The NYT's Adam Cohen examines the disturbing issue of right-wing authors who are trying to re-write U.S. history, but focuses on The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. An excerpt: f you're going to call a book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History,” readers will expect some serious carrying on about race, and Thomas Woods Jr. […]

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An intriguing hypothesis

In this NYT commentary, Paul Starr, co-editor of the The American Prospect, explains where U.S. liberals may have fallen down in promoting the good fights. An excerpt: As Republicans revel in President Bush's inauguration and prepare for his agenda-setting State of the Union address next week, many Democrats would like to consider almost anything but […]

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One word of advice, Dubya: Listen

Thomas L. Friedman of the NYT has completed his tour of the European colonies and has some free advice for his commander-in-chief. An excerpt: Having spent the last 10 days traveling to Britain, France, Germany and Switzerland, I have one small suggestion for President Bush. I suggest that when he comes to Europe to mend […]

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