A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Imagine waiting twelve long months for your loved one to return from serving in Iraq. For 365 days you watch the news, recoiling at every report of casualties. Dread encompasses every ring of the telephone. With just two weeks left before your son, father, brother, or friend returns, the anticipation is unbearable. You plan a huge cookout with the whole town, or maybe just a quiet family greeting, as you prepare to welcome your loved one back into normal life again.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jimmy Lohman
A caller to the Randi Rhodes show on Air America Radio yesterday ranted about how Randi hates America. "You only criticize and never say anything good about our country. Why do you live here, anyway?" he asked. As always, Randi deftly handled the poor fool, insisting that it is her love of America that compels her to criticize the horrid administration at the top of it.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
President Bush persists in thinking -- or wishing us to believe -- that his Commander in Chief powers give him the authority to wiretap Americans inside America without bothering to get a warrant. He is wrong.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"MSNBC canceled Phil Donahue's talkshow after an internal memo argued that he would be a 'difficult public face for NBC in a time of war. ... He seems to delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's motives.' The report warned that the Donahue show could be 'a home for the liberal anti-war agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity.' An email from a network executive, also leaked, suggested that it would be 'unlikely' that Donahue could be used by MSNBC to 'reinvent itself' and 'cross-pollinate our programming' with the 'anticipated larger audience who will tune in during a time of war' by linking pundits to war coverage, 'particularly given his public stance on the advisability of the war effort.'" Hmm, didn't matter Donahue had higher ratings, didn't matter there are more liberals than conservatives, didn't matter his guests were telling the truth! Here we are 3 1/2 years later, 0ver 2600 American soldiers dead, thousands of innocent Iraqis dead, an entire country destroyed, Osama still at large, the Taliban returning to Afghanistan, wondering why the American media was more interested in ratings, reinvention and cross-pollination, than the truth!
by Greg Palast in New Orleans
What is the unreported cause of the majority of the 2,000 deaths that occurred after the levees broke last year on August 29? Catch Greg Palast's investigative exposé this Monday on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! And on Tuesday, watch his one-hour Special on LinkTV. Listings at LinkTV.org.
The Year the Levees Broke
A BUZZFLASH EDITORAL
It's hard not to look back on this week and realize how divorced the mainstream media is from the reality of what's important in the news.
First of all, Bush had his most bizarre of bizarre news conferences yet. Only a Jon Stewart "instant analysis" of the event did it justice.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Independent, UK--ROBERT FISK: HIZBOLLAH'S RECONSTRUCTION OF LEBANON IS WINNING THE LOYALTY OF DISAFFECTED SHIA (Hizbollah has trumped both the UN army and the Lebanese government by pouring hundreds of millions of dollars -- most of it almost certainly from Iran -- into the wreckage of southern Lebanon and Beirut's destroyed southern suburbs. Its massive new reconstruction effort -- free of charge to all those Lebanese whose homes were destroyed or damaged in Israel's ferocious five-week assault on the country -- has won the loyalty of even the most disaffected members of the Shia community in Lebanon. ... A frightening side to this long-term promise for believers in the UN ceasefire is that Hizbollah has encouraged its Shia population to rent homes in Khalde, south of Beirut, since it intends to delay its entire city construction project for a year -- because of its conviction that the ceasefire will break down and that another Israeli-Hizbollah war will only wreck newly built homes.)
A lot of trees died in vain as newsprint this week, reporting details of President Bush wasted, desperate attempt to float a new trial balloon in his tortured six year war against logic, reason, gravity and physics. Apparently he's in need of a new sack of gas to tie his failed Iraqi war plan to. Due to the fact that his most recent verbal bag of helium, "stay the course," has been tossed onto the same discarded pile of shriveled rubber as "dead or alive," "smoking gun as a mushroom cloud," and "welcomed with flowers and candy."
This is Part 2 of the August 24, 2006 BuzzFlash Mailbag. Click here for Part 1.
Subject: Author of Bush's Brain on No Fly List (dailykos)
Sounds to me like the fascist state is becoming ever bolder in their abuses. You know none of us is safe when they put James Moore, author of Bush's Brain, and Air America Radio talk show host Randi Rhodes on the no fly list.
How long can we sit still for these flagrant abuses of our civil liberties? It's as if they don't have any worries about having to answer for this despotic behavior -- maybe because the voting machines will continue to rig the elections.
[BuzzFlash Note: This article was posted in January, 2006.]