A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Pardon Mitt's Hypocrisy, But Scooter Libby is Really Popular with the Base
Washington, DC - At last week's Republican presidential candidates debate, smooth talking Mitt Romney brought his efforts to pander to conservative primary voters to a new low. On the same day a federal judge sentenced Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Scooter Libby to 30 months in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice, Romney said he would keep open the option of pardoning Libby. Romney's willingness to pardon Libby stands in stark contrast with his campaign trail rhetoric about being "the first governor in modern Massachusetts history to deny every request for a pardon or commutation," a stance Romney took "because he did not want to overturn a jury." [AP, 6/12/07]
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Christina Smith
Wolf Blitzer often pretends to be a neutral broadcaster while framing his questions and his news using conservative frames. During the second Democratic debate on June 3, he was caught, and Barack Obama caught him. Wolf's "question" was:
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
It's another crime against women when such willful ignorance can still be found in U.S. government.
Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problem for the woman that's been raped?" the Kansas Republican asked at the St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers gathering.
Today, in letters to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former CIA Director George Tenet, Chairman Waxman explains that the previously scheduled hearing on the White House's use of pre-war intelligence regarding Iraq's nuclear program has been postponed while the Committee continues to interview senior government officials and review documents being provided by the CIA and State Department. The text of the letters follows:
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
The radical right is intent on attempting to revise history yet again! They want us to believe the founding fathers established a Christian nation and did not intend a separation of church and state -- WRONG! As a matter of fact some of our founding fathers were deists, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. Deists believe "the course of nature sufficiently demonstrates the existence of God. For them formal religion was superfluous, and they scorned as spurious claims of supernatural revelation." Deism is defined as "a rational belief in God, a belief in God based on reason rather than revelation, and involving the view that God has set the universe in motion but does not interfere with how it runs." A whole lot of difference than what the radicals are attempting to portray! Don't be fooled by a bunch of zealots with a political agenda!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg
It's been a month since 16-year-old Blair Holt, son of a Chicago Police gang investigator and a Chicago fire captain, was shot and killed riding the bus home from high school.
Like Bill Cosby's son, Michael Jordan's father, Serena and Venus Williams' sister, and Chicago-area Congressman Bobby Rush's son, family proved no hedge against gun violence for Holt.
by Rory O'Connor
I wanted to talk to Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilly -- but they were too busy talking to talk.
I wanted to ask talk show host Savage (born Michael Alan Wiener) about his continuing attacks on gay parenting and GLBT people in general. And I wanted to ask talk show host O'Reilly about the "white, Christian, male power structure" for which he says he's a part.
This would be like Limbaugh starting a think tank
That he'd promote on his show to the nation
Telling listeners that drugs such as Oxycontin
Were safe and fun to use for recreation.