NEWS BRIEFLETS

* Via Diplomadic: “The Islamic Commission of Spain has asked the parliamentary panel probing the Madrid train bombings to refrain from referring to terrorists as ‘Islamic’ or ‘Islamist’”.

* Andrea Harris remarks of a certain above-his-station East Coaster: “In a politer, if more restricted age, Wolcott’s blitherings would have been brought to a dead halt by some elder statesman rising up indignantly and saying ‘Sir, do you realize that you are in public?‘“

* We sure are in public; even Lynne Cheney is watching.

* It’s the tiny, touching details in Steve Bell’s cartoons that so impress; note here, for example, where an angry dog in the form of Tony Blair is shown gnawing on an Iraqi infant.

* “America’s MoveOn.org is probably the most successful example of web activism,” claims The Guardian. As Mark Steyn has already observed, however: “Nobody ever seems to point to any examples of what they’re spectacularly successful at.”

* Commenter Jeff S., a regular here and at other quality sites, is in Kuwait on active duty. He sends Currency Lad some shots of David Letterman’s Camp Arifjan performance—featuring Grinder Girl!

* International educator Harry Hutton is this week’s Normblog profile subject.

* Drooble calls for change: “Please, can we not talk about ‘the War on Terror’? Could we perhaps cut to the chase, and call it the liberation of Iraq?”

* The Joplin Globe’s Joseph Perkins writes: “A new Gallup survey is rather disquieting for those of us in the media. It finds that not even a quarter of Americans perceive either television or newspaper reporters to have ‘very high’ or ‘high’ standards of ethics and honesty.

* Loads of excellent news links now up at the Postmodern Hegemon. Please visit.

* And don’t miss the quotes of 2004, arranged in monthly order for easy readin’.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/27/2004 at 01:30 AM
    1. > “America’s MoveOn.org is probably the most successful example of web activism,”

      No, they are an example of what happens when socialists are at work: they spend nearly twice as much as they earn and they happily pour $17,435,782 down in the drain.

      Posted by jorgen on 12/27 at 02:50 AM • #

 

    1. …not even a quarter of Americans…” is “…rather disquieting…”, eh?

      More spin.  If I were a journalist (which I am not, thank God), I’d be saying something on the order of “Oh, shit!!”, and start firing people.

      But then, I’m not a journalist, am I?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 12/27 at 03:42 AM • #

 

    1. MoveOn.org is best summed up by the bit of dialogue from the great 1936 film My Man Godfrey, in which rich scatterbrain Irene (Carole Lombard) explains a charity event to “forgotten man” (ie, homeless) Godfrey (William Powell):

      Irene: Well, a scavenger hunt is exactly like a treasure hunt, except in a treasure hunt you try to find something you want, and in a scavenger hunt you try to find something that nobody wants.

      Godfrey: Hmm, like a forgotten man?

      Irene: That’s right, and the one who wins gets a prize, only there really isn’t a prize. It’s just the honor of winning, because all the money goes to charity, that is, if there is any money left over, but there never is.

      Posted by Mike G on 12/27 at 04:20 AM • #

 

    1. Wolcott must be groovin’ on this tsunami.

      Posted by Donnah on 12/27 at 04:56 AM • #

 

    1. Perkins’ command of the obvious:

      In many cases, if not most, the reporter may simply be calling it as he or she sees it.

      Of course this is true, and in most cases.

      America…Bad!
      Americas founders…Bad!
      American Military…Bad!
      Christianity…Bad!
      Christians(believers anyway)…Bad!
      Capatalism…Bad!
      Unequal distribution of income…Bad!
      Unequal distribution of misery…Bad!
      Republicans…Bad!
      Oil Companies…Bad!
      Drug Companies…Bad!

      And so on.

      The less than 25% who still see MSM as a fact gathering institution, without an agenda, probably remember the days when anchors smoked, while on the air.

      This demo, does not a future audience make.

      Posted by Thomas on 12/27 at 05:37 AM • #

 

    1. “War on Terror” is a misnomer which is untimately misleading.  There is no “war on terror.” The coalition is not making war on ETA (Basque) terrorists, or the Irish Republican Army, or the Wanker Liberation Front (little known group from Alice Springs).  The Coalition is making war on ISLAMO-FASCISTS.  But we want to pretend we’re not as not to appear insensitive to the Religion of Peace.

      Posted by Ioxymoron on 12/27 at 05:53 AM • #

 

    1. Good link for Postmodern Hegemon Tim, thanks.

      This article was worth pursuing; a stoush between Piers Ackerman and the ABC as determined by the Press Council.

      A real can of worms.

      Posted by rog on 12/27 at 07:12 AM • #

 

    1. And the best the ever-parochial Americans are leading with is thousands of holiday travellers stranded because of an airline dispute.  Here’s a chance for the Yanks to shine.  After all, their monster base at Diego Garcia is just west of all this –and probably got a bit of splash too.  They’ve got logistics to help, starting with the Maldives just to the east.  Let’s see what they do, eh?

      Posted by Carl on 12/27 at 06:42 PM • #

 

    1. Carl, you put this comment on the wrong post. Also, you are a rude asshole: but I suspect I’m not telling you anything there you don’t already know.

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 12/27 at 11:31 PM • #

 

    1. “They’ve got logistics to help, starting with the Maldives just to the east. Let’s see what they do, eh?”

      Yeah, because we Yanks have never provided humanitarian disaster relief in the past.

      Dickhead.

      Posted by Dave S. on 12/28 at 02:53 AM • #

 

    1. Just to expand – Carl, you can bet your ass that within 30 seconds of the news, the commander at Diego Garcia was on the horn to his superiors to tell them what immediate resources he had available and where he could send them as soon as he got the go-ahead. Which he would.

      Posted by Dave S. on 12/28 at 02:56 AM • #

 

  1. Americans never help anybody.  It was the fucking Martians who started the Martial Plan, Carl.

    Posted by Mike G on 12/28 at 10:19 AM • #