"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. Truth was never put to the worse in a free and open encounter..."
~ Milton
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~Benjamin Franklin

A Fistful of Euros
Andrew Tobias
Angry Liberal
Bad Attitudes
Common Dreams
Informed Comment
Madelaine Kane
Obsidian Wings
Off the Kuff
Sarah Kendzior
War and Piece
Washington Monthly

The Emerging Democratic Majority (Judis & Teixeira)
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (Franken)
Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot (Franken)
The True Believer (Hoffer)
Still Being Bushwhacked

All Book Reviews
Race, Gender, and Sexuality
It's always "us" vs "them"
Women's March on (fill in your location)
Children learn what their parents teach them.
You Got My Support. But.
Even Endangered Penguins Do It

All Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Campaigns and Voting
Where do we go from here?
It's always "us" vs "them"
Some interpretations
On and on I go
Just appalled

All Campaigns and Voting
Lecture Circuit
It Was 40 Years Ago Today
July 2, 1964
May 14-15, 1970
The Erotica of Bare Knees

All Lecture Circuit
The Liberal Media, At It Again
Fairly UNbalanced
What's this?

All Media
Big Brother
Shoulda' Guessed
Where did my country go?
You know what you never thought you'd read?
Not in his name
Sleight of Hand

All Big Brother
World O'Blog
It's Vocabulary Time!
They wrote it
Mighty-fine blogging
Other People Said....

All World O'Blog
Aimless Ranting
It's always "us" vs "them"
So, I'm thinking with half my brain
Do You Know Peter?
Long, Little Privacy Rant
My Takeaway

All Aimless Ranting
February 05, 2017 - February 11, 2017
January 22, 2017 - January 28, 2017
January 15, 2017 - January 21, 2017
November 13, 2016 - November 19, 2016
October 09, 2016 - October 15, 2016

All Weekly Archives

Open Secrets
Political Wire Exit Polls
Polling Report

American Research Group
Center for Democracy and Technology
Center for Public Integrity
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Congressional Report Cards
Death Row Roll Call
Democracy Now
Economic Policy Institute
FairVote Colorado
Foreign Policy In Focus
Global Exchange
Human Rights Watch
Independent Judiciary
Institute on Money in State Politics
Institute for Public Accuracy
Lying in ponds
Media Reform
Media Transparency
Move On
One World
Open Democracy
Pew Research Center
Project Censored
Public Citizen Health Research Group
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Take Back The Media
The Urban Institute
WHO Outbreak News

Peevish for PDA

Blog Directory


Powered by Movable Type

Site Design by Sekimori

All content © 2002-2005 Anne Zook

November 17, 2004
Can't Stay Away

Giving up is hard to do. Just one little entry won't hurt me....

I was so impressed by this discussion of the media's contribution to, even complicity in, turning the campaign cycle into "entertainment television" instead of news reporting. (From Cursor's Derelection2004 site.) And I agree that the blame for the largely uninformed USofA population lays squarely on the so-called news media's shoulders.

Looking back on the election coverage...both from the time when I was blogging and when I went on hiatus and consequently had more time to spend thinking about what I was reading instead of reacting to it, I have to say that the press coverage of...well, of anything real, was nearly invisible. They wasted hours of television time and reams of newspaper column inches on Kerry's "stiffness" and Bush's "resoluteness" to the detriment of telling people what was actually happening.

Condi Rice. I'm happy that a woman, and a black woman, can rise to such a position of power in this country but I'm saddened that it took the downfall of a man I used to respect enormously to put her in place.

(Reading Juan Cole, I'm better-informed about Colin Powell's role in the Bush Administration and I'm inexplicably heartened to be able to believe that I can still respect him. It appears that he fought the good fight, within the terms of his own morality.)

As far as Ms. Rice herself...well...Andrew Tobias and Eric Alterman both put it well. It's nice to be a symbol of female or black success, but if you go color-blind and gender-blind and look at Rice's record, it's not reassuring.

If breaking through that particular glass ceiling is what she accomplishes with her life, then it's been worthwhile. I simply regret that this success was not, in my estimation, achieved by someone whose principles I could respect.

Powell and others insufficiently "loyal" to GWBush, those who made the mistake of putting the country's future before Dubya's friendship, are being tossed out to make room for people guaranteed not to confuse the issues with any inconvenient facts over the next four years.

I didn't respect all of those on their way out, but I certainly don't feel better aabout their replacements. GWBush&Co are building themselves quite a little entourage.

This group has nothing to worry about, Bush can't get elected again and Cheney isn't remotely suitable, so I'm anticipating a rough and ugly four years. Gonzales seems to encapsulate most of the anti-freedom forces in this country today, based on this evaluation.

Speaking of ugly.... Here's another one we can file under Mission Accomplished. It's good to be taking down those dangerous terrorists and making the world safe for plastic turkeys and other Bush Administration beneficiaries.

I've been pondering how to prevent a repeat of this year's disastrous election results. Somewhere in all the ideas for voting reform and the too-few diatribes about the media's complicity in hiding less-palatable facts and in sticking to sound-bite qualified quotes, there has to be a path. David at Orcinus is always worth reading.

So much for today's lunch...I'm beginning to think the only way I can stop blogging is to stop reading. Maybe I should try that for a month or two. See if I can break the addiction.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:15 PM | Comments (0)