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wFriday, February 28, 2003

Wow, Salon is great today.

First, their leading story is about Alterman's book: All conservative, all the time
Alterman paints a bleak picture: Talk radio is dominated by Rush Limbaugh and his imitators, the Web has fallen to Matt Drudge, and cable TV is ruled by Ailes and his wannabes at the rival channels. Smart, media-savvy conservatives like William Kristol and Pat Buchanan quietly acknowledge that there is no longer a liberal media monolith -- but that doesn't stop them from "working the refs," writes Alterman, and using the myth to pressure mainstream media to tilt further right. "Many conservatives who attack the media for its alleged liberalism do so because the constant drumbeat of groundless accusation has proven an effective weapon in weakening journalism's watchdog function ... As [New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes]: 'The next time the [Bush] administration insists that chocolate is vanilla, much of the media -- fearing accusations of liberal bias, trying to create the appearance of balance -- won't report that the stuff is actually brown; at best they'll report that some Democrats claim that it's brown.'"

More about Tony Blair's issues: A bitter pill for Blair
The upcoming U.N. Security Council vote on whether to go to war, expected to take place within the next two weeks, now becomes critical for Blair. If the 15-member council does not approve an invasion, and Blair opts for war anyway, as expected, he would face a potentially catastrophic split within his own party.

And here's something most of you may not be aware of, the Israeli Refuseniks: Hell no, Bibi's nephew won't go
Ben-Artzi was also offered the opportunity to see a military psychologist who could declare him mentally unfit, but again he refused. "I'm not mentally ill," his sister quotes him as saying. "I'm a pacifist. That's not a mental illness. Don't tell me to go to a psychologist who will sign a letter so it will give you a way out so you don't have to deal with me."

In other news, court costs were $22.80. I can't be arrested for a year, and I'm banned from Boeing property for a year. In case you were wondering.

P.S. About the "Terrorism of the First Amendment" Editorial: It's an editorial, she's supposed to be writing with a bias. And she wasn't saying anything that bad about the people harassing Smith shouldn't be allowed to - she just said they're jerks. Which they are.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:13 AM

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