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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb

The John Edwards haircut won't go away. The Republicans resurrected it most recently in their second debate, when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said, in a quote that the national wire service story called "the most memorable sound bite of the night," "we've had a Congress that's spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop." Republicans have been focusing on symbolic character attacks since Nixon branded George McGovern, who'd flown 35 B-24 bomber missions in World War II, "the candidate of acid, amnesty, and abortion." They've been branding their opponents as limousine liberals of questionable masculinity since Nixon's Vice President, Spiro Agnew, called anti-war critics "an effete corps of impudent snobs." If the attacks aren't adequately answered, too often they work.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
Mediachannel.org

Twenty years ago, a professor of finance at the Wharton School in Philadelphia and a far better known professor of linguistics at MIT set out to find a way to explain how our media really works.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

The title of Al Gore’s new book, "The Assault on Reason," says it all.

We have lived through a period in which the mainstream media and most Capitol Hill politicians – including most Democrats – have accepted the irrational and failed framework offered by the Bush Administration, right wing think tanks, and right wing media echo chamber.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,  

Reading the paragraph below should have been unbelievable, but look at what has happened to this country since Nixon, and Bush has snowballed the taking over of US government with the help of a compromised Supreme Court, and still Congress refuses to do anything about the fascists in the White House. Unbelievable.  

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson

This week's quiz question: What is the psychological difference between Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's admission, "I acknowledge that mistakes were made here," and George Bush's comment in his January address to the nation, "Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me"? Everyone knows that public figures resort to this cliché to distance themselves from responsibility for their actions; what else is new?

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Joshua Epstein

If you want to know what makes Democrats look weak, it's the inaction they have shown in not just demanding the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, but threatening to impeach if he doesn't resign.

Embattled Neo-Con Will Leave World Bank At The End Of June

In an effort to help Paul Wolfowitz save face
(Even though his behavior was shoddy)
The bank will find him a new main squeeze
Who's a good deal more of a hottie.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

George Bush is a Repuglican, Dick Cheney is a Repuglican, Condi Rice is a Repuglican, Donald Rumsfeld is a Repuglican, “Scooter” Libby is a Repuglican, Mark Foley is a Repuglican, Tom DeLay is a Repuglican,  Michael D. “Brownie” Brown is a Repuglican, Duke Cunningham is a Repuglican, Bob Ney is a Repuglican, Jack Abramoff is a Repuglican, Paul Wolfowitz is a Repuglican, and Alberto Gonzales is a Repuglican, etc. etc. etc.!  My how they’ve all changed the “tone” in Washington!  When are the Repuglicans gonna wake up and smell their demise? These guys have annihilated the Party!!!

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Senator Bernie Sanders: No More Bad Trade Deals

WASHINGTON, May 17 - Senator Bernie Sanders voiced concern about the course of international trade negotiations between some in Congress and the White House. He joined a key block of senators at a press conference on Capitol Hill, where Sanders said:

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