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Paul Martin visits Canadian Tire with Rick Mercer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiCle1Vk4Sg I’ve been explaining Canadian politics to RodneyHarrington, and found a 5 minute piece that beautifully (if quietly) illustrates more political cynicism, journalistic access, and tough questioning than the US media has displayed for decades. (True, it’s courtesy of our top satirist, but that fact just sums up our peculiar mindset.) Rick Mercer pumps the […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090115/en_nm/us_deceit_1 A new army of heroes is emerging on U.S. television — not with superhuman strength or the power to fly but the ability to detect lies and deceit in an era of public distrust of civic leaders and institutions… Now a crop of dramas is showcasing mind-readers, investigators with acute observational powers, psychics and […]

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Rather

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/17/business/media/17rather.html?hp CBS unceremoniously booted Dan Rather from the anchor chair he inherited from Cronkite, and which he had attained after paying his dues as a battle hardened reporter and correspondent. Now, with the sun setting on the Republican regime that demanded his ouster, the scurrilous facts about the case are coming out, in large part […]

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Rather

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/17/business/media/17rather.html?hp CBS unceremoniously booted Dan Rather from the anchor chair he inherited from Cronkite, and which he had attained after paying his dues as a battle hardened reporter and correspondent. Now, with the sun setting on the Republican regime that demanded his ouster, the scurrilous facts about the case are coming out, in large part […]

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Brisbane Times – Brisbane News, Queensland News &World News

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/ KristenLColby and I have been having a back-and-forth about a story posted on the Brisbane Times website. I’d never heard of this paper before, but a quick look at the “featured headlines” reveals it to be journalism of a deep ochre hue. I thought it was a News Corp. holding, but Wikipedia says it […]

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Op-Ed Columnist – The Mask Slips – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/opinion/11herbert.html?em As you’d expect, Bob Herbert recounts the Republican meltdown far more eloquently than I ever could: For the nitwits who vote for the man or woman they’d most like to have over for dinner, or hang out at a barbecue with, I suggest you take a look at how well your 401(k) is doing, […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081011/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_angry_crowds_8 A staple of every mad scientist movie is the scene when the scientist can only look on in horror as he loses control of his monstrous invention, which turns on him and threatens the general public. After weeks of fomenting fear and upset amongst jittery, redneck-y crowds, John McCain’s living that moment. Yesterday, he […]

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Palin Plays to Conservative Base in Florida Rallies – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/08/us/politics/08palin.html John McCain now seems like a doddering old fool, but Sarah Palin scares me. Reports of her rally in Florida have her drumming up fear and loathing amongst a crowd of crazies who have violent Pavlovian responses to her hateful keywords. I find it telling that these rubes compare conservatism to “leadership”, and that […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080918/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_markets_52 Bush says he’s working hard on economic turmoil … and has been for the last 8 years. Economic turmoil doesn’t just happen, you know! It takes a supreme amount of incompetence to generate turmoil out of simple unrest!

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080808/ap_en_ce/people_mr_blackwell Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell regains consciousness Sadly, this is an illness-related story, and has nothing to do with Britney, Lindsay, Paris and their ilk returning to the land of under-wearers.

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