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Thursday, April 12, 2007
You’ve Got Incriminating Mail!
According to this morning's Los Angeles Times:
The White House said Wednesday that it may have lost what could amount to thousands of messages sent through a private e-mail system used by political guru Karl Rove and at least 50 other top officials.
According to a report issued this afternoon by CREW (Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington) and leaving the issue of email's perminant destructibility:
CREW has also learned through two confidential sources that the Executive Office of the President (EOP) has lost over five million emails generated between March 2003 and October 2005.
Those RNC servers handling the gwb43.com account among others must have accomodated huge bandwidth demands as illicit monies and official US Government information was e-slopped around Washington in exchange for winks, nods and the occasional prostitute.
FYI--Here's a 50 second YouTube video of Maria Bartiromo discussing "the Google" and the President's curious email behavior with a very chatty George W. Bush on October 29, 2006.
Here's the 5 minute interview at the WSJ site.
Modified Image: Google, Microsoft
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
They have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto…
Rational, thinking people, that collective and oft ignored American god, have grown increasingly befuddled with the tasteless slapstick that now defines our Constitutionally-vital public discourse as “guided” by the various large-headed, on-air Pontifices Maximi within the corporate media priesthood.
Like an elitist politician unfamiliar with the price of milk or bread, million dollar media stars ponder, scry and sublet their amplified thoughts at a far remove from our mortal, even web-enabled, realm.
But an icy remove and a fat purse have proven to be no guarantee of honesty, accuracy or, even, common sense in a manipulated environment of lurid and often dehumanizing stunts, photo ops and shilled “opinions” that comprise today’s deregulated information and entertainment environment.
The post Easter Passion of traumatized shock jock Don Imus following his verbal Holy Week crucifixition of the innocent Rutgers Scarlet Knights is, obviously, the most egregious current example of corporate media’s cruel post Fairness end times.
Is it merely coincidence or bizarre bushiness that allows Mr. Imus’ highly publicized suspension to end as the May sweeps begin?
Is a “punishment” that intentionally delivers increased ratings a punishment?
And, could someone explain to me how the phrase “nappy-headed hos” crosses a racial and sexual line not crossed hundreds if not thousands of times previously by Mr. Imus, his corporate media guests and his anal-fixated, misogynistic producer?
Is an ad lib remark by a shock jock more offensive than the tactics used by the Republican Party to defeat Harold Ford in Tennessee’s hotly contested Senate race last year?
Has the golden calf of deregulated media, as exemplified by the casual racist sexism of an elite insider, again proven itself a hollow sculpture of gilded base metal?
Shortly after 6:30 PM Eastern, this evening, NBC News ended the Imus radio simulcast on MSNBC.
According to the New York Times:
NBC said...it made its decision to drop Mr. Imus’s program after a review and “many conversations with our own employees”.
Funny how even the most liberal TV voice never seems to connect today's poisoned media environment with the technical blurring of what exactly constituted a "news program" and the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine and the blurred recollection of the Equal Time Provisions of the Federal Communications Code by the Reagan administration in the mid 1980s.
Technically, I'll wager, Imus was logged as a "news program" under the same broad intrepretation that has allowed corporations to classify, on their federally mandated broadcast log reports and used to justify liscense-holding, Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael and Howard Stern as "news programs" and, classified as such, thus allowed the widest range of broadcastable expression exempted from the Equal Time Provisions, still technically in effect.
Modified Image: Scatt.Bilegrip.com, ThinkProgress.com
Sunday, April 08, 2007
A trashy, foil-wrapped marshmallow news nugget in our Easter morning basket from the morning's Washington Post:
The bald, mustachioed street cop appealed to Bush...A high school dropout and son of a prostitute apparently killed by her pimp, Kerik became an undercover narcotics detective with ponytail and diamond earrings.
Please note that George Chauncey's ground-breaking Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay World 1890-1940 (a facinating insight into modern male behavior that I would recommend to women in particular) defines "rough trade" as "hustlers, aggressively masculine in their self-presentation".
Modified & Unmodified Images: Bodybuilder-Photos.com,Perrspectives.com, PoliticalFriendster.com, Reuters