Month: September 2007

Thomas L. Friedman: 9/11 Is Over

Thomas L. Friedman tells us who he’s not going to vote for in the next election: 9/11 Is Over.

Friedman is talking about a president who will heal us and get us focused on our core values. Great, we need that. But, so many of our core values have been compromised by Bush and Cheney that rather than just moving on as if nothing happened I think we have to acknowledge what’s happened during their term.

Impeach Bush/Cheney, try them as war criminals and acknowledge and then clean up the messes they’ve made. If we don’t make right the bad we’ve done in the world it will matter little who our next president is.

Dan Rather stands by his story

Sidney Blumenthal has an incredible piece in Salon on the Dan Rather/CBS lawsuit: Dan Rather stands by his story.

Rather could have simply allowed the statute of limitations to run out, lived off his millions, and faded away. But the incident ate at him. On one level, the Bush National Guard story is about Bush and the National Guard. On another, of course, it is about Rather’s reputation. But on yet another it is about CBS’s overwhelming desire to please the Bush White House and censor itself. The White House campaign against Rather has been so successful that many in the national press corps behave as though in mouthing its talking points they are demonstrating their own independent thought.

This lawsuit has the potential to shine a bright light on how CBS and other news organizations have been systematically intimidated by the Bush administration, both the meddling but also the corporate support in suppressing information that might hurt Bush. I hope Rather kicks their butts, they desserve it.