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Bradley on what Dems can learn from Republicans

Former Democratic senator and one-time presidential hopeful Bill Bradley on what the Democrats must do to renew themselves. Some excerpts from his NYT commentary: Before deciding what Democrats should do now, it's important to see what Republicans have done right over many years. When the Goldwater Republicans lost in 1964, they didn't try to become […]

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Terry Schiavo – Judicial murder: Hentoff

The Village Voice's Nat Hentoff says of Terri Schiavo: “Her crime was being disabled, voiceless, and at the disposal of our media.” An excerpt: For all the world to see, a 41-year-old woman, who has committed no crime, will die of dehydration and starvation in the longest public execution in American history. She is not brain-dead […]

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Danforth antsy about the growing power of Christian conservatives in the Republican Party

John C.  Danforth, a former U.S. Republican senator and UN ambassador, decries the apparent evolution of his party into the polical arm of the Christian conservatives. An excerpt: When government becomes the means of carrying out a religious program, it raises obvious questions under the First Amendment. But even in the absence of constitutional issues, […]

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Zerbisias on the U.S. MSM’s Schiavo freak-out

Toronto Star media critic Antonia Zerbisias looks at some of the loony things that have been done in the name of news coverage in the tragic Terri Schiavo case.

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'… Gore in a panoply of forms' (!!!!!)

Not Al Gore, if you're wondering. The headline is taken from a cutline of a photo (of the lissome Jessica Alba) illustrating an NYT story on Sin City, which I most assuredly will see in the next few days. An excerpt: Dimension Films Jessica Alba and Nick Stahl in “Sin City,” a new movie based on a series of […]

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Major new environmental report documents Earth's decline

The Millenium Ecosystem Assessment — a four-year, $21-million US effort to collate all that is known about environmental degradation — is painting a bleak picture about what we're doing to our planet. An excerpt from the BBC story: The world's bulging population has led to the creation of mega-cities Deforestation, climate change, and pollution are […]

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Wed, March 30 2005 » Main Page » 2 Comments

A great night for disgusting news!

Tuesday was an all-star night for disgusting stories on the wires, although I think the 'guy eating his own feces to try and fool a breathalyzer test' yarn tops the 'dead grandma left to rot in a house for nine years' story. Here's an excerpt from the Toronto Sun story (via CP and azcentral.com) on the driver: An […]

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Naomi Klein's interview with Giuliana Sgrena

Lefty It Girl Naomi Klein went to Italy to interview Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian journalist wounded by U.S. troops after being freed by her Iraqi captors. There are some very interesting new revelations in it. Klein spoke to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! on March 25. An excerpt: … One of the things that surprised me […]

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Miller reviews 'Al-Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged The World'

John Miller, a professor of journalism at Ryerson University (Rye High, in some circles), reviewed Hugh Miles' 'Al-Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged The World' for The Globe and Mail on March 26. I review the review! :) Chronicling the way Al-Jazeera used courageous journalism to build itself into perhaps the world's largest and most […]

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In today's nasty world, gentle gossip doesn't cut it anymore

The NYT looks at Liz Smith, long the doyenne of celebrity gossip, and finds her admitting she's not nasty enough to get her gig in today's media climate. An excerpt: In an interview last week, Ms. Smith admitted that the gossip industry has become so pervasive and ruthless that it is difficult to break through […]

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