Saturday, August 07, 2004

Politics Trumps Security

Intelligence experts criticize the outing of the al Qaeda mole as a colossal intelligence blunder. Could it be that generating good PR for the "war on terror" is more important than winning it?

Friday, August 06, 2004


Here's a chart tracking the decline in Bush's ratings against terror alerts.

How Low Will They Go?

John McCain condemns Bush ads in battleground states accusing John Kerry of lying about his war record. McCain, who is Bush's campaign manager in Arizona, says the ads are blatantly false and calls on Bush to disavow them.

Bush Speaks the Truth

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Ridge's "Terror Alert"

Much of the information upon which Ridge's recent terror alert was based was three years old. Responding to the suggestion that the timing of the alert was politically motivated, a White House homeland security advisor pointed to the fact that the information had been updated last January. Er, and what month is this?

More on Right-Wing Media Bias

Today's headline in the NYT reads:

"Reports That Led to Terror Alert Were Years Old, Officials Say"

The San Antonio Express-News (a Hearst paper) reprinted the Same Story, same NYT byline with this headline (below the fold) instead:

"Alert Plays catch-up with terrorists"

This is a practice I've seen repeatedly at the Express-News: taking a syndicated story and spinning the headline to be easier on the Republicans (or tougher on the Democrats)

Monday, August 02, 2004

The Latest Cheney Outrage

Now our Vice-President is requiring citizens to sign a loyalty oath before they will be allowed to see him speak in "public."

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