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Friday, May 06, 2005

Friday Blogaround 

People are still being blown up in Iraq, Tom DeLay is still in office, Osama bin Laden is still on the loose, and American Idol is still on the air. Stop the madness.

Here's the buzz around the Liberal Coalition:

  • All Facts and Opinions notes the passing of a true pioneer for gay rights.
  • archy orders deli.
  • Bark Bark Woof Woof looks at Daddy Dearest Dobson.
  • BlogAmY has a question for you.
  • bloggg has tenants in the birdhouse.
  • Chris has tidbits of news, including weather in Fresno.
  • Collective Sigh on the Ugly Baby syndrome.
  • Corrente on the pursuit of the science of the Middle Ages.
  • NTodd reveals why the Tonight Show never returned his phone calls.
  • Echidne is fair and balanced.
  • edwardpig continues his look at Republican family values.
  • First Draft reports on fair pay at Wal-Mart.
  • The Fulcrum on "self-defense" in Fallujah.
  • The Gamer's Nook discovers that Satan is really from Italy... or southwest Michigan, if you go by area code.
  • Happy Furry Puppy uses Pat Robertson for a chew toy.
  • iddybud reflects on faith.
  • In Search of Telford on the mindset against biofuels.
  • The Invisible Library writes on reading.
  • Left is Right has a recruiting poster for the real Army.
  • Make Me a Commentator has fun with math.
  • MercuryX23 continues his dissection of the Big 10.
  • Michael reams out NPR.
  • Pen-Elayne takes a stroll downtown.
  • Rook's Rant is about the attack on America by religious fanatics.
  • rubber hose has some winning pictures.
  • Scrutiny Hooligans on the open-mindedness of one particular church.
  • SoonerThought does some accounting.
  • Speedkill on TM and reducing cancer.
  • Steve Gilliard reports on the British elections.
  • T. Rex gets a little well-deserved glory.
  • Trish asks a good question...who gets your e-mail after you die?
  • Wanda tackles Pat Robertson.
  • WTF is here in Florida.
  • Steve is stunned by tasers.

    That's all for now. Keep on reading.

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2005

    NPR sells out 

    It was only a matter of time. They keep cutting back on actual news coverage, devoting more and more time to talk about less and less. They fire Bob Edwards, and keep wingnuts like Juan Williams, Cokie Roberts, and Barbara Bradley Hagerty. But this is the living end.

    I'll give Mr. Dvorkin his first point. Un-redacting a redacted document posted to NPR's website and then publishing it was a questionable move, especially when that document revealed the names of the personnel involved in the Calipari shooting, and details of policies and procedures for hostage incidents.

    But Dvorkin spectacularly missed the larger meaning of the incident. His conclusion? Blame the bloggers:

    Second, the blogosphere has proven once again to be an amoral place with few rules. The consequences for misbehavior are still vague. The possibility of civic responsibility remains remote. It is a place where the philosophy of "who posts first, wins" predominates.


    The blogosphere has proven to be nothing of the kind. The MSM, on the other hand, has repeatedly demonstrated its amorality, its disdain for elementary rules of objectivity and fairness, and has abdicated any sense of civic responsibility. They are, purely and simply, bought and paid for by the rich and powerful on whom they fawningly report with great and nauseating regularity.

    Read the rest at Musing's musings today, or at Unbossed tomorrow.