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Long-shot Democratic presidential candidates Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson have recently been blessed with prominent profiles in the Times. Connecticut senator Dodd got a highly flattering front-page profile September 24 outlining his quest to vindicate his father, the late Sen. Thomas Dodd, censured by the Senate for diverting campaign funds to personal use. This Tuesday, second-tier Democrat Biden made the front page with Michael Cooper's " A Senate Star Sparkles Less On the Stump ." And on Thursday, the flattering spotlight turned to former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in Leslie Wayne's " Candidate Has an Eye On... continue reading
It’s ironic when the “CBS Evening News” takes up for a business that openly breaks the law, but such was the case on the October 10 broadcast. “Jim Zappala says the federal crackdown is killing his business right in the middle of harvest,” CBS correspondent Seth Doane said. “His onion farm in western New York has been targeted by immigration officials twice in just six months. Workers have been deported. Others are too scared to return.” Zappala is the owner of Zappala Farms and has openly admitted to hiring illegal immigrants. One solution Doane proposed to Zappala – pay more... continue reading
On the eve of a possible Nobel Peace Prize for his work on fighting"global warming," reporter Jim Rutenberg gave some oxygen to the burgeoning "Draft Gore!" movement, a far-flung attempt to getthe former vice president'sname onto the Democratic primary ballots in various states (" Supporters of Gore Lead a Movement That Lacks a Candidate "). "The former vice president has undergone an extraordinary metamorphosis, after all, publicly evolving from likely president-elect to stunning loser to lost soul to national and even international hero. Committed to bringing attention to global warming and other environmental issues, he has a new sense of... continue reading
Reporter Adam Nossiter, who strongly hinted that white racism cost a black Democrat a Senate seat in Tennessee in 2006, ventured into Mississippi and found a Democratic gubernatorial candidate attacking the popular Gov. Haley Barbour from the (religious) right for Wednesday's " In Mississippi, Democrat Runs in G.O.P. Lane ." "The candidate is running to serve his Creator. He is running to restore prayer in schools, bring Jesus into public discourse, force the 'money changers' from the state capitol, and move his extensive gun collection into the governor's mansion. "It is not extraordinary in the local context, except that John... continue reading
One of the guys starring in MTV's new sexploitation “reality” show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, gazes at the mansion where it all takes place. “Like, holy crap!” Well, he's half right. There's nothing holy about MTV's latest attempt to seduce kids into orgiastic partying and homosexuality. The show, which debuted Tuesday night, is, in a word, what the other guy said. The premise is 16 young men and 16 “lesbians” competing for the right to “love” Tila Tequila, a no-talent media creation known mainly for having 2 million “friends” listed on MySpace.com. Tila first entertains the men,... continue reading
There's good news and bad news in the world of children's books. First, the good news: And Tango Makes Three , a picture book for 4- to 8-year-olds about two penguins who are into homosexual “parenting,” is the “most challenged” book on the American Library Association's ( ALA ) Banned Books Week list. This means some parents are still on the job and are not turning their children over to the tender mercies of the Free Sex Lobby, which effectively runs the ALA. The bad news is that the ALA 's annual campaign of parental intimidation appears to be working... continue reading
Although the October 9 GOP presidential debate at times strayed from its central theme of being about the economy, some of the Republican candidates responded to the moderators questions that indicated they had the right ideas when it came to growing the economy, reducing the tax burden and curbing the growth of government spending. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani when asked by Chris Matt hews if there was a downside to wealth created by private equity firms and hedge fund managers: “I mean, the free market is our – one of our greatest assets and the leading Democratic candidate... continue reading
ABC, NBC, and CBS couldn’t find a temperature that was “just right” to fit yesterday’s projections of the upcoming winter months by the Energy Department. Whether winter was to be warmer or colder, the networks all assured viewers it was going to be bad. On CBS’s “Evening News,” Katie Couric stated that “the government predicted today that temperatures this winter will generally be above average. Even so, it will cost you more to heat your home.” But ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson” led its broadcast with the Energy Information Administration’s report by saying “Tonight, news of a cold wind... continue reading
In the clamor over Britney Spears’s children and O.J. Simpson’s latest caper, the media haven’t told much about an impending Senate vote that could impact the U.S. economy, national security and international relations. At issue is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – a.k.a. the Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST. If brought to the Senate floor, it will require a two-thirds majority to be approved. The Associated Press said a Senate vote could occur “by year’s end.” Ronald Reagan rejected the treaty when he was president. Bill Clinton signed it in 1994, but the... continue reading
David Herszenhorn's front-page " Political Memo " Wednesday, "Capitol Feud: A 12-Year-Old Is the Fodder,"is devoted to the fight over Graeme Frost, the boy pushed forward by the Democrats to deliver the response to Bush's weekly radio address on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). Mark Steyn is one of several conservative writers unhappy with Democrats "desperate enoughtosend a boy to do a man's job." Herszenhorn accused Republicans and "conservative bloggers" of attacking the boy and his family. "There have been moments when the fight between Congressional Democrats and President Bush over the State Children's Health Insurance Program seemed... continue reading