Monday, July 19

News & Comment

Campaign Desk posts the satiric rundown of last week's Daily Show talking points sendup. Click over to read the segment that culminated with Jon Stewart saying: "Keeping up with current events is easier than you think. Talking points. They're true because they're said a lot."

Speaking of talking points, Boing Boing points to a Salon review of Outfoxed, the new documentary about FOX News. Apparently, the DVD release is selling like hotcakes, and there will be limited theater releases.

Matt Yglesias finds a press faux pas, with journalists claiming that the French backed up the Uranium from Niger claim alluded to in Bush's State of the Union, while the French claim is based on the same forgeries as the British claim.

Dave Neiwert talks about what conservatism used to mean, vs. its current meaning, which seems to be all about hating liberals. Here he lays out the case that the theft of the 2000 election may be the largest under the radar issue of the 2004 election. And he finds it suspicious that the American press seem to mostly be ignoring what sounds like a huge story: accusations that interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi personally shot 6 captive insurgents to death just days before taking his current position.

Jordan Barab of Confined Space explains what neither Tim Russert nor Homeland Security Committee Chair Chris Cox (R-CA) seem to know about how chemical industry lobbying affects homeland security legislation.

The Guardian posts an article on the Kerry campaign whirlwind.

In Sudan, the genocide in Darfur continues. Militia in the company of government troops have taken to wholesale public rape and abduction of women as they continue to terrorize the black African tribal people of the region.

At least 10 are dead in another suicide bombing in Baghdad. The bomb was detonated outside a police station.

Max Sawicky says the New York Times apology for its pre-war coverage doesn't go nearly far enough.

Finally, Kevin Drum writes about stagnating wages for Political Animal. Stagnating wages, that is, for the working stiff whose wages are said to be purely at the mercy of supply and demand. Noting that CEO pay rose 27% in 2003, Drum suggests a contest:

Is this the free market at work? That's what I'm told. So I have a contest in mind: a prize for the least laughable explanation for why CEO pay has gone up 7x since 1980 based on supply and demand. At a minimum, winning entries should explain the following:

  • Why the supply of CEOs has decreased.

  • Why the demand for CEOs has increased.

  • Why the elasticity of the CEO demand curve is apparently steeper than for any other commodity on the planet.

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