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  • Somerby: MoDo "play[s] the fool"

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    On his incomparable site, The Daily Howler, Bob Somerby once again targets The New York Times op-ed page for devoting valuable real estate to the columns of Maureen Dowd. From the sublime -- the "striking report," by Dexter Filkins on the front page about heroic Afghan girls enduring torture and its continued threat just to go to school -- to the ridiculous -- the "typical mess" that is Dowd's column today - Somerby highlights the Times at its best and worst all in one section of one day's paper.

    Specifically, Somerby called attention to this tripe - what Somerby calls Dowd's "latest novel" -- about Hillary Clinton in today's column:

    She will easily intimidate the world's dictators, just as she often intimidated Obama in the primaries. But it remains to be seen whether she can put aside her tendency to see disagreement as disloyalty. Can she work at the State Department with those who deserted her to support the usurper Obama? Can she manage Foggy Bottom better than she managed her foggy campaign?

    Obama and Hillary continue to be engaged in an intense tango.

    The new president is confident enough to think he can do what has never been done. He thinks he can pull out - like a diamond from carbon - the sparkling side of the Clintons that can make them exceptional public servants, extracting it from the gray side of the Clintons that can make them tacky, greedy, opportunistic and ethically shady.

    Cleaning out the Augean stables was nothing compared to this task, with Obama trying to bend Hillary and Bill to his will, while they try to bend him to theirs.

    In what way is Obama having to "try[] to bend Hillary and Bill to his will" or vice versa? Maybe Dowd doesn't have to say. She did after all write a "novel" under the guise of a New York Times column.

  • In disparaging possible sec. of state appointment for Clinton, on MSNBC and CNN, Hitchens offered purported 15-year-old quote he has yet to source


    Criticizing Sen. Hillary Clinton over her possible appointment as secretary of state, in three separate appearances, Christopher Hitchens purported to quote Clinton from 15 years ago to attack her foreign policy credentials. On MSNBC and CNN, from November 17-19, Hitchens claimed that Clinton directed her husband in 1993 not to intervene in the Balkans because it would detract attention from her health-care program. But the source he has previously cited for the assertion does not support it.

  • Where's the rest of the story?


    The media finally seem to be showing interest in the refusal on the part of the town of Wasilla, Alaska, while Sarah Palin was mayor, to pay for rape kits for the victims of sexual assault. The Associated Press has a fairly informative article on the subject, but we can only assume that its last paragraph was inadvertently lopped off. Here's how one version of the AP story currently ends:

    Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for the campaign of Palin and John McCain, said that Palin "does not believe, nor has she ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test."

    The AP gave no indication that it asked Comella the obvious follow-up: Why, if Palin does not believe that rape victims should have to pay for their own evidence-gathering test, did this practice continue for four years while Palin was mayor, with the practice ending only after the state legislature stepped in and outlawed it?

  • MSNBC shows great interest in purported Clinton "enemies list," despite NY Times article's absence of on-the-record evidence


    Despite the absence in a June 11 New York Times article of on-the-record evidence of a Clinton "enemies list," MSNBC interviewed New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich twice and devoted a total of nearly 25 minutes to the topic in at least 10 separate segments that day.

  • No "façade": CNN correspondent Sylvester rebuffs Dobbs' efforts to get her to affirm his false accusations of secrecy against Appleseed


    On Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs introduced a segment by Lisa Sylvester about a report by the nonprofit group Appleseed by asserting, "Many of these groups call themselves nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations when in reality they are nothing more than advocates for illegal alien amnesty and, in many cases, open borders. Lisa Sylvester reports on the façade." But Sylvester did not expose any such "façade," and Sylvester rebuffed Dobbs' efforts to get her to assert that Appleseed is something other than what it claims to be -- "[a] non-profit network of 16 public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico ... dedicated to building a society where opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest."

  • By falsely accusing Clinton of playing the "race card," Wash. Post columnist Meyerson himself fueled "race card" politics he calls "despicabl[e]"

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    In a blog post on the American Prospect website, Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson falsely accused Sen. Hillary Clinton of playing the "race card." Meyerson described a phone call a friend in Los Angeles had received in which a "gentleman with a very exaggerated, old style -- Amos 'n Andy, in fact -- black pattern of speech ... sing[s] the praises of Barack Obama." Without any evidence to support his accusation or any indication that he had attempted to contact the Clinton campaign, Meyerson pronounced the phone call "a Clinton ploy against Obama."

  • Daniel Pipes relied on disputed LA Times article to revive Obama-Muslim falsehood


    On, Daniel Pipes purported to consider whether Sen. Barack Obama was "ever a Muslim or seen by others as a Muslim." But in support of his statement that "available evidence suggests Obama was born a Muslim to a non-practicing Muslim father and for some years had a reasonably Muslim upbringing," Pipes cited a March Los Angeles Times article, critical parts of which have been challenged by the Chicago Tribune.