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MoveOn Unmoved By Furor Over Ad Targeting Petraeus

‘A few weeks before Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’s much-anticipated testimony on Iraq, the leadership of MoveOn.org, the Internet-based liberal group that has rallied its 3 million members around the country to oppose the war, decided on a change in strategy.

‘Rather than making another appeal to moderate Republicans to join Senate Democrats in passing an antiwar resolution, they would take on the credibility of Petraeus himself. Their weapon, they decided in conjunction with Fenton Communications, its Washington-based public relations firm, would be an ad in the New York Times that provocatively played off his name with this question in large letters: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"’ (Washington Post article).

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The Futurist

‘Spotted earlier in the week, lying on the desk of a lead designer at a prestigious advertising design firm: An issue of equally prestigious I.D. (International Design) Magazine, with a cover blurb announcing it as the "3rd Annual Design and Business Issue". On the cover are three sleek rectangular cellular phones in muted shades of slick plastic

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Phil Noir Bulletin: Deadlock

‘"The jury believes they are hung."


The air suddenly went out of Department 106 when Judge Larry Paul Fidler told the courtroom Tuesday afternoon that the Phil Spector trial jury was deadlocked. Apprehension had been building with each passing day that the nine men and three woman were at an impasse. Then, about 11 a.m. this morning, court media and spectators were jolted by two buzzes from the jury room

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Olbermann The New Ed Murrow?

‘What the evening news shows need is less "objectivity" and more analysis. The problem with objective journalism is that it doesn’t exist and never did. Molly Ivins disposed of the objectivity question for all time when she observed in 1993, "The fact is that I am a 49-year-old white female, a college-educated Texan. All of that affects the way I see the world. There’s no way in hell that I’m going to see anything the same way that a 15-year-old black high school dropout does. We all see the world from where we stand. Anybody who’s ever interviewed five eyewitnesses to an automobile accident knows there’s no such thing as objectivity."

‘What I’m proposing is nothing new. Before Walter Cronkite became the model "objective" newsman, there was Edward R. Murrow. In the late 1930s Murrow started the tradition of reporting the news and analyzing it, giving his opinion of what it all meant.… Read the rest

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HillaryCare 2.0

Will she flinch? For months now, that’s been the big question about Senator Hillary Clinton and health care. Nobody questioned her command of the issue or her interest in the subject. She’d proven all of that in 1993 and 1994, when she headed up her husband’s health care task force and then became chief spokesperson for his ill-fated plan. But precisely because she "has the scars" from that experience, as she likes to say, many people wondered whether she’d be up for trying all over again. Would she be vague, figuring she had the least to prove on the matter and that details could only come back to haunt her? Would she settle on something less than universal coverage, figuring the political support for it was too weak? Would she kowtow to the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies, which had started donating to her campaigns?

‘The answer seems to be no, no, and no.… Read the rest

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