Archive: August, 2009
I wouldn't even know where to start on this one (h/t Romenesko). But I'm going to have a little more to say in the immediate near-future about this growing notion of a significant role for government in saving journalism.
There ought to be a revolution.
Not here, silly. I'm talking about our friendly neighbors to the north in Canada and our former colonizers in Great Britain. I mean, living under the yoke of socialized medicine all these years...why haven't the Brits and the Canadians started guillotining their politicians and their doctors in the nearest public square? Could it be because the vast, and I mean vast, majority of folks in those countries are happy with a kind of health care that dare not speak its name here in the United States?
There's an interesting item on the Editor and Publisher blog about an upcoming event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a Robert Redford retrospective that will include a showing of "All the President's Men" followed by a panel discussion with Redford, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. It led me to check out the schedule for the whole event, and I was struck by the synopsis for one of my favorite political movies, "The Candidate."
This Oscar-winning satire skewers the American political machine. Redford stars as a handsome young politician who compromises his liberal ideals in order to win a senate race he was never supposed to have a shot at.
Blogger's note: Last week I referred to a blog post that I wrote in October 2005 about the Bush administration using terror alerts to political ends. This notion - scoffed at by many back in the day -- has now been endorsed by Bush's own former Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge. Thanks to some great detective work by reader montani semper liberi, you can read it yourself and see why crazy liberal ideas sometimes prove to be not so crazy after all. Here's the post from 10/7/05:
Remarkably enough, Karl Rove's possible legal problems were book-ended today by two pieces of terror news. Before, came a presidential speech on the war on terror. After, came a supposed terrorist threat to New York's subway system. Stop what you're thinking. It's just an amazing coincidence. The terrorists just happened to wait to make these threats until there's bad news about the administration that it needs to preempt. Just a coincidence.
So I had tickets for today's Phillies' game at Citi Field for several months, but found there wasn't a single editor left here at the DN who could switch my Sunday night gig. So I had to leave Queens with the Phils up comfortably, 9-5, in the eighth inning. What could I possibly miss?
...just kill me now.
I am still hoping that a few days of serious forensic computing can recover a blog post that I wrote on Oct. 7, 2005, or nearly four years ago. It documented the strange timing and the political backdrop of Bush administration terror alerts, especially in the months before the 2004 election that gave George W. Bush his 51 percent re-election "mandate." Back then, you were considered in Roswell territory for suggesting such a God-awful thing as our government politicizing the terror-alert system, which of course is a nice way of saying "trying to unnecessarily scare the American voter."
Well, take off your tin-foil hat and tip it to one Tom Ridge:
Hey, I'm back, just in time for the real dog days of August, as promised...and the newspaper is still here, as promised. Good deal.
Now, hopefully nobody did anything incredibly stupid while I was gone, and...