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VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg

Ever notice how quiet the NRA is after a mass shooting?

You'd think that nothing happened in Salt Lake City and Philadelphia on February 13.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter

New York, New York: Deals, Deals, Deals...

That's what the media industry is really all about, churning businesses, consolidating one day, downsizing the next. The geniuses who run the big media companies, the men once labeled "masters of the Universe" are today's real flip-floppers. They buy into one bit of the conventional wisdom or "buzz" one week and then abandon it the next. Their compensation goes up even when their revenues plummet.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Since he apparently doesn't read PDBs, would someone please tell George Bush, "Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border ... Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, had been steadily building an operations hub in the mountainous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan." Leaving Afghanistan and preemptively invading Iraq before capturing bin Laden was a stupid mistake! The terrorists have grown in number and they are gaining strength, due to a personal, tactical, dumb, "strategery" made by a "decider" who doesn't have a clue!

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 INTERVIEW

...Whistleblowers have been blacklisted at best, and completely terrorized at worst. -- Jesselyn Radack, former Justice Department ethics specialist

DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
On Tim Hardaway

Oh the irony of it all. There's Tim Hardaway, former National Basketball Association All-Star, who happens to be African-American, sounding off about gays. "I hate gay people. I'm homophobic." If he found one on his team, he allowed, he would ask to have him traded, or lacking that, ask to be traded himself. My-oh-my, shades of the appropriately named Fred "Dixie" Walker, racist and star right fielder for the 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers. When Jackie Robinson came to the Dodgers training camp in the spring of 1947, Walker reacted in much the same way. Robinson, of course, became an All-Star and opened the gates for every African-American player since. Walker, along with every other racist on the team, was shut down by the true Southern gentleman and Kentucky colonel Harold "Pee Wee" Reese.

Friday, 16 February 2007 03:39

Peter Michaelson: Bush's Inner War With Iran

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

George Bush can't help toying with the idea of a military strike against Iran. Psychological evidence indicates that he's compelled to act aggressively and to experience that aggression as satisfying if not exhilarating. It makes us queasy to see our leader's malignant psyche. And it terrifies us to realize that his aggressive impulses toward Iran are as pathological as a demented cult leader toward another sect.

Friday, 16 February 2007 01:50

Will Durst: The 14th Annual TGFTLSBIAC Awards

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Better strap a hair spray filter over your mouth, because it's red carpet season everybody. That blessed time of the year when mere mortals like us derive major entertainment value from watching famous singers, actors, starlets, athletes, has-beens and other celebrity wannabes strut and pout and smirk and flaunt and blandish blatant attempts at replicating sincerity during that tiny window of their career that occurs between hiring a big league publicist and having had so much plastic surgery, they start to frighten small children and weasels, by which I mean their agents.

Friday, 16 February 2007 01:17

BuzzFlash Mailbag for February 16, 2007

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Subject: Ricky Martin has a new message for Bush - Celebrity News - MSNBC.com

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