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POSTED: Monday, April 10, 2006, 5:58 AM
Filed Under: Weblogs

Often you go to a site like Memeorandum and the bloggers on the left are writing about their issues and the bloggers on the right are writing about their issues. Here's one everyone started swinging at -- a Sunday Washington Post editorial that defended the president's selective declassification of intelligence. It's headlined, "A Good Leak." The administration's mis-step was clumsiness, the piece argues. The president had the right to make his best case that Saddam Hussein sought weapons of mass destruction. He just should have disclosed the declassification in a press conference, rather that letting vp Dick Cheney direct his top aide, I. Scooter Libby, whisper it to a New York Times reporter.

Right Wing Nut House took the opportunity to declare its long love for the Post, praising it as more of a national newspaper than the Times, and cheering its minimum of bias.  The editorial rekindled blogger Rick Moran's conviction that "the Post is still a fairly honest voice in our national debate. We might not like some of the news they write but thatÂ’s not their fault; events can be unwelcome and they are, after all, just the messengers."

The Left Coaster, meanwhile, chooses the headline, "A Washington Post Editor Caught Brazenly Lying: When is this going to stop?" Blogger eriposte calls the editorial "deeply fraudulent." "It's not just that they get the facts wrong, but by a fair accounting this editorial involves deliberate lying that also specifically excluded contradictory information, much like what George Bush did ..." The main beef: Libby told reporter Judith Miller that Iraq's pursuit of uranium was a "key judgment" of the intelligence report, a term used for centrally important conclusions. In fact, the uranium claim was not supported.

Daniel Rubin @ 5:58 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Friday, April 7, 2006, 8:07 AM
Filed Under: Music

QianaIt's Friday, so it's time for another round of free music.

More than three dozen shows are coming to town this weekend. Lots of tunes to get you ready. Continuing what we started two Fridays ago, Blinq presents its newish and maybe-even regular music-tasting menu:

Friday at the Keswick Theatre, get out your high-heeled sneakers and quiana shirts, it's a trip in the way-back machine with Tower of Power and Average White Band. For starters, how about a blast of TOP playing "Ain't Nothing Stopping Us Now?" AWB's more generous with their music - their home page links a stream of a 2005 in-studio performance and interview for KJZI in Minneapolis. Includes "Work to Do" and "Pick Up the Pieces."

Daniel Rubin @ 8:07 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Friday, April 7, 2006, 7:47 AM
Filed Under: Media

BurkleOne of the bidders for The Inquirer just got an ugly lesson in newspapering.

A New York Post gossiper is accused of trying to extort Ron Burkle, managing partner of The Yucaipa Cos., to stop unflattering and flat-out-wrong items about him, reports the rival New York Daily News.

Alleged price of doing business: $220,000. Feds have videotape.

Daniel Rubin @ 7:47 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7:35 PM
Filed Under: Poli Sci

Georgebush Leaker-in-chief? Or a lawful turning of the spout?

Let's go to straight to reporter Murray Waas, who's led on the story about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame since the beginning. He writes in the National Journal:

Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of a highly classified intelligence assessment to the media to defend the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq, according to papers filed in federal court [PDF] on Wednesday by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case.

Daniel Rubin @ 7:35 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7:20 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Streakgone Jimmy Rollins didn't catch Joe DiMaggio. He didn't catch Willie Keeler.

He is, however, the Phillie to hit in the most consecutive games.

His streak ended today at 38 games, after went 0 for 4 against the Cardinals, who took their third from the Phillies

Daniel Rubin @ 7:20 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, April 6, 2006, 6:05 AM
Filed Under: Stuff

Angelo Angelo Cataldi could use some friends.

His new MySpace place seems a little lonely. Only 15 pals are in his corner so far. Ok, so it's a new medium for the morning personality on WIP-AM. He uses his space to tell us he's 52, a Leo, and that he's interested in Vermont Teddy Bears, Cingular Wireless and "whatever corporate whore pays us to talk about them."

He likes the Eagles, the Phillies, the Flyers and the Sixers - in that order.

Daniel Rubin @ 6:05 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 11:45 AM
Filed Under: Weather

Snowphotobynoa It's snowing. And blowing.

Where's the Philadelphia Forecast Challenge when we need it?

Did my kids go to school in shorts today?

Daniel Rubin @ 11:45 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 9:25 AM
Filed Under: Movies

Kate Speaking of A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago (see item below), that Kate Beckinsale item you wrote about yesterday, how the bitty Brit wants to play Wonder Woman?

April Fools.

Yeah, you couched your post with the word "apparently," but apparently not. The news came from IMDB's Web site, which wrote this on Tuesday:

Daniel Rubin @ 9:25 AM  Permalink | 0
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