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Wouldn't you think a woman who went through rehab, suffered public breakdowns and lost custody of her children would avoid – not court – more controversy? Not if the woman is Britney Spears. The singer's latest CD contains sleazy photos of a provocatively-dressed Spears cavorting with a priest in a confessional. Does Britney have to do everything that Madonna does? Catholic imagery appears to be too tempting a target for the Pop Tarts to ignore. There's little doubt that Britney is taking cues from her role model. In 1989, Madonna used similar symbolism in her “Like a Prayer” video. She... continue reading
Intelligence reporter Scott Shane's Tuesday "News Analysis," " On Torture, 2 Messages And a High Political Cost ," lamented the price the U.S. has paid in its international reputation - but focused mostly on a case of torture that happened in Syria, based on faulty intelligence received from Canada. "Six years after the Bush administration embraced harsh physical tactics for interrogating terrorism suspects, and two years after it reportedly dropped the most extreme of those techniques , the taint of torture clings to American counterterrorism efforts. "The administration has a standard answer to queries about its interrogation practices: 1) We... continue reading
It’s an attention-getting statement: multibillionaire Warren Buffett doesn’t think the rich pay enough in taxes. “[B]uffett sees a fundamental injustice that he says touches all Americans,” Tom Brokaw said on the October 29 “NBC Nightly News.” That might seem bizarre coming from the third-richest man in the world, but the Berkshire Hathaway CEO has been a proponent for some time now of a change in the tax system that would likely work against him. “The taxation system has tilted toward the rich and away from the middle class in the last 10 years,” Buffett said. “It’s dramatic and I don’t... continue reading
In a Tuesday online posting, Katharine Seelye enthused about " Campaign Coverage That Is Raw and Fresh " from two new journalism sites - staffed almost exclusively by liberals. " We're taking a look today at two new Web ventures that could help change how politics is covered . One, OffTheBus.net , is all of three months old, which these days makes it practically establishment. The other, Scoop08.com , is so new it hasn't even started yet. It's a national daily online newspaper by and for college and high school students and is preparing to go live on Sunday. That... continue reading
In a Tuesday online posting, Katharine Seelye enthused about " Campaign Coverage That Is Raw and Fresh " from two new journalism sites - staffed almost exclusively by liberals. " We're taking a look today at two new Web ventures that could help change how politics is covered . One, OffTheBus.net , is all of three months old, which these days makes it practically establishment. The other, Scoop08.com , is so new it hasn't even started yet. It's a national daily online newspaper by and for college and high school students and is preparing to go live on Sunday. That... continue reading
You know troubled times are looming if Hillary Clinton is elected president when even the once-top aide to the former liberal Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and MSNBC “Hardball” anchor Chris Matthews says so. Matthews appeared on CNBC’s October 29 “Mad Money” to discuss his new book, “Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success,” with host Jim Cramer. “I know that most people are very fearful of Hillary being elected,” Cramer said. “Well, they ought to be fearful,” Matthews responded. “Democrats raise taxes and Hillary already said she's going to repeal... continue reading
On the eve of Halloween stories are dotting the mainstream media landscape about the sleazy costumes for young girls this trick-or-treating season. From a front page article in The Washington Post , to a feature on Newsweek.com, and similar stories in outlets ranging from phillyBurbs.com, WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York, and even the Globe and Mail in Canada, the plethora of skanky, smutty costumes seems to be the story du jour this Halloween. Page 18 of the November 5 print edition of Newsweek : “One version of a Little Bo Peep costume for preteens, on sale at Buy Costumes.com, has... continue reading
Ford's September sales are down 21 percent from last September, the largest decline in the past six months. The company's sales have declined almost continually for the past year and a half. You'd think the media would want to report on all the possible reasons for the decline, but not in this case. In April, the Culture and Media Institute reported that the media are virtually ignoring the American Family Association (AFA) boycott of Ford Motor Company over Ford's pro-homosexual activism. Six months later, nothing has changed. Nexis searches of the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today from... continue reading
It’s a good thing CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston isn’t a financial advisor, at least in the short-term. If you watched his report about the likely ousting of Merrill Lynch CEO Stanley O’Neal that led off the October 28 “Evening News,” then acted based on his version of the news, you would have missed out on a good day on Wall Street. It’s a good thing CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston isn’t a financial advisor, at least in the short-term. If you watched his report about the likely ousting of Merrill Lynch CEO Stanley O’Neal that led off the October... continue reading
Even though NBC’s “Today” crew is fretting over the effects of climate change and the price of oil, exceeding $90 a barrel – that isn’t stopping them from traveling to the “ends of the earth” in the name of climate change. The trips will release nearly 25 tons of carbon into the atmosphere – more than three times what a typical American uses in a year. “Well, the journey has begun,” co-host Matt Lauer said on the October 29 broadcast. “‘Today’ is going to the ends of the earth to report on the changing climate and examine the limits of... continue reading