22 April 2004

Kerry recommends invading Iraq and stealing their oil


I believe the American people deserve a president who just isn’t going to have a friendly talk, but who is going to fight to guarantee that we lower [oil] prices for Americans

Senator John Kerry

Gosh, and I thought it was President Bush being controlled by the oil cabal who wanted to fight to bring about lower oil prices.

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Three's a crowd

Via Instantman we have a photo essay on a protest at the Supreme Court. What’s interesting is the different between the situation in these photos and what was reported in Big Media. One has a few stragglers while the other has a Very Important Protest. Guess which is which.

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We'll just spruce that up a bit - no need to be pedantic


The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Michael Getler, admits the paper engaged in a little subjective phrasing in Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus’ story about the now-famous Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) from August 6, 2001:

The lead of the story by reporters Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus said: “President Bush was warned a month before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that the FBI had information that terrorists might be preparing for a hijacking in the United States and might be targeting a building in Lower Manhattan.” The story said the information was in the written daily briefing presented to Bush on Aug. 6, 2001. Well, that is close to, but not exactly, what the document said. After a reference in the PDB to some earlier and uncorroborated reports about al Qaeda hijacking plans, the pertinent paragraph says: “Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.”

The memo refers to “federal buildings” and not “a building,” as the story’s first sentence does. The memo does not use the word “targeting.” It mentions “New York” but does not specify “Lower Manhattan.”

Getler goes on to note that “The words ‘targeting a building in Lower Manhattan’ present a mental picture closer to the World Trade Center than does ‘federal buildings in New York,’ which could mean many locations.”

Does anyone think that Milbank and Pincus will suffer in any way for writing that distortion?

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Political dirt

[source, source]

The wife of Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus has been charged with assaulting another woman following a Tuesday night dispute over mulch at a Washington, D.C., garden center.

It used to be drunken Senatorial wives, now it’s ones who spend too much time watch the H&G channel.

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