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Buying the War


Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Bill Moyers calls himself a "citizen journalist."

He is also an ordained Baptist minister, one-time aid to President Lyndon Johnson and, of course, a journalist with PBS.

Moyers is first and foremost a seeker of truth. That he works for us "citizens" today is a privilege that we are not accustomed to as of late. And I say this sad-hearted in the understanding that the media has failed the public so woefully as it relates to the Iraq War.

For those of you who caught the Bill Moyers Journal program on PBS, Buying the War, on Wednesday, April 25, you were able to see how the Bush administration was able to pull the wool over the eyes of a willing media, all too eager to support the War on Terror following the events of 9/11.

"Four years after shock-and-awe, the press has yet to come to terms with its role in enabling the Bush administration to go to war on false pretenses," Moyer said in the 90 minute documentary.

The program peeled the proverbial onion of events, layer by layer, to disclose how the Vice-President's office was able to manipulate a small group of Beltway journalists, first by giving them access to, supposedly, selective information and then later using the reporters own articles as verification that the information was objective and true.

Buying the War showed Cheney on a Sunday talk show saying "there was an article in this morning's New York Times." He didn't say that the source of the information the reporter was quoting came from his office. That same day, on other programs, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice were saying the same thing - about that article in the New York Times - giving weight to the idea that the intelligence on Iraq was indisputable.

This was followed by the conservative opinionators, the Bill O'Reilly's and the George Wills and the Rush Limbaugh's beating the war drums.

Moyers showed O'Reilly criticizing protestors who opposed going to war with Iraq, calling them "not good Americans." This on Fox News, the television company owned by Rupert Murdoch. Back in the '90s when I was in Hong Kong, Murdoch pulled the BBC from his Star TV satellite system in China rather than irritate the Chinese, who preferred knowing what the news was in advance of airing it. Now he's buying the Wall Street Journal.

Fox TV manufactures its news to serve a gullible public who like their information spoon-fed to them. But Fox wasn't the only guilty party. All of your .....
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The power of words

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Could there be some good to come from the Don Imus foot-in-the-mouth scandal?

In the aftermath of Mr. Imus's unfortunate utterances some are now questioning the public use of terms most would find offensive. These offensive words and phrases ..... 
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Handicapping the Republican presidential candidates

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

John McCain's stay the course speech about the War in Iraq on April 11 certainly sealed any hopes of his becoming the next president of the United States. For the past several months he has been soldiering on for George Bush and the Republican Party ..... 
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Hospice care provides end of life options

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
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About a month ago Charles Krauthammer wrote an article in Newsweek titled "The Good Death". It called to be read because the magazine printed a picture of Mohammed Atta (the leader of the 9-11 attack) juxtaposed with Sister Theresa. Shortly ..... 
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America's hired guns in Iraq

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
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Mercenary - a person who takes part in an armed conflict and is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain.

As a young student studying the United States War of Independence I remember having a part ..... 
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99 bottles of beer in the ditch

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
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Ahhh...must be spring in the Root River Valley...flood warnings, chocolate brown water cascading over the Lanesboro Dam, and beer cans leaving a trail in the ditch as if I were Gretel following them home. And by the way, on my last count the ..... 
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Who was the real fool on April 1?

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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Last week as I was checking my emails I came across an article The Old Farmer's Almanac had sent dealing with April Fools' Day. Reading the article, I was instantly transported back nearly 50 years ago when I was a pre-schooler playing on the sidewa ..... 
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In New Orleans, injustice and disaster team up to make recovery difficult

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
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Editor's note: The author spent a week in February as a volunteer working with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), a non-governmental organization, working with disenfranchised populations in New Orleans.



"A societ ..... 
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Politicians and scientists should try a loveless marriage

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
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The current administration has been, according to observers grounded in science, the most hostile and dismissive administration toward science and scientists ever. The Union of Concerned Scientists has catalogued the egregious episodes of ideologica ..... 
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