A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeff Cohen, author of Cable News Confidential
I fear for Keith Olbermann.
Like so many others who hunger for some journalistic independence on TV news, I often marvel at Olbermann's dogged reporting and unique commentary. In a cable news environment of conformity and conservatism, the MSNBC host takes on the Bush administration for "demonizing dissent," for abusing our Constitutional traditions, for "taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love [following 9/11], and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death."
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
You would think that with the GOP betrayal of our youth still red hot in the news, the Republican leadership wouldn’t be raising money for a Congressman who last year was outed for allegedly trying to strangle his mistress.
DNC: Where’s The Outrage?
Washington, DC – In the wake of a scandal involving Republican Congressman Tom Foley’s inappropriate and criminal communications with underage Congressional pages, it is clear that the leaders of both the GOP House re-election committee and the Speaker of the House knew that Foley had engaged in behavior that was, at best, highly questionable. According to ABC News, a Republican staffer warned pages about Foley five years ago. Statements from House Republican leaders indicate that they knew of Foley’s behavior but did not act to stop Congressman Foley at the time that they first learned about the inappropriate emails.
Subject: Molly Ivins Column
Molly's column of Sept. 28 was about torture. She was commenting on why the press is not talking about this more. The other night Andersen Cooper had an interview with the Canadian who was picked up and tortured. Before the interview he was saying that though they have and are discussing this issue many don't because of ratings. Apparently people tend to turn the channel when the topic comes to torture.
It seems people would rather not hear about to salve a guilty conscience than to face the subject head on. This leaves the hatemongering spin misters like Limbaugh to make fun of and light of this and how it's needed to fight the war on terror.
This info gets to the least informed and more reactionary elements in the country who listen to garbage like this. And since they watch Fox and have their prejudices re-enforced and won't get told the other side of the issue due to the MSM not reporting it due to ratings, we are not getting the balance of information. People just are either turning it off and only one side is heard.
Because of the seriousness of the issue this is what is the most tragic in the whole debate. Ignorance.
Machesney Park, Il
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Ronald B. Weinert, Col, USAFR (Retired)
Dear Senator McCain:
You have sullied the reputation of the country as well as your own by your participation in the charade you and your cohort senators (Graham and Warner) call a "compromise" on S3931. There was precious little compromise, it appears. The man in the White House now has the "legal" capability to name anyone he so desires as a terrorist threat, and to subject that individual to whatever "aggressive interrogation" he deems fit. You admitted in a statement on a Sunday news show that you did not know what "techniques" might be employed. That is truly amazing. You don't know? Do you even care?
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZ
"It's vile. It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction." That was Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), commenting on President Clinton after the Starr Report was released in 1998. Be careful of the things you say, for sooner or later they could come back to bite you in the ass! “Six-term Republican Rep. Mark Foley of Florida resigned from the U.S. Congress on Friday following reports he sent sexually inappropriate e-mails to underage male congressional interns.” Resignations from those Representatives who enabled Foley’s behavior by covering it up should be the next order of business in The United States Congressional House, unless of course the Repuglicans are enjoying the reputation of being PIMPS!
THE ANGRY LIBERAL
I’ve thought over the predicament that former Florida Rep. Mark Foley finds himself in and I can’t help but wonder if he wasn’t a bit hasty with his resignation, which was based on a cheap liberal smear. I mean, what did he do that his constituents would find so terrible?