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Sullivan on the Republican Base

By on 9.7.06 | 6:05PM

Andrew Sullivan cites a quote that appears at the bottom of a CNN piece mainly about Southern women who are disenchanted with President Bush:

"There are some people, and I'm one of them, that believe George Bush was placed where he is by the Lord," Tomanio said. "I don't care how he governs, I will support him. I'm a Republican through and through."

On the basis of this, Sullivan feels comfortable concluding, "For the first time, one of the major parties is, at its core, a religious organization."

Word Weary

By on 9.7.06 | 5:49PM

The verbosity of the Kean-Hamilton "Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission" is forecast in its title: "Without Precedent." Couldn't they have said "Unprecedented" and hewn to similar economy in the remainder of the writing?

ABC Alters Miniseries

By on 9.7.06 | 5:11PM

The LA Times reports:

After much discussion, ABC executives and the producers toned down, but did not eliminate entirely, a scene that involved Clinton/>/>'s national security advisor, Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, declining to give the order to kill Bin Laden, according to a person involved with the film who declined to be identified because of the sensitivities involved.

Re: Irwin

By on 9.7.06 | 3:59PM

Phil: But the risk is still there, despite the reason for being a police officer, etc. And the effect is the still the same for the family of the fallen.

And, extending your logic again, Dale Earnhardt was also irresponsible, not to mention every race car driver with a family.

Finally, where would Michael Kelly fall into this? Was he seeking glory or trying to do a public service by reporting on Iraq?

Making having a family contingent on the amount of risk in one's job is probably going to take you down roads you don't want to go.

Re: Irwin

By on 9.7.06 | 2:56PM

David, you write, "While your concern is understandable, if we were to follow your logic to its conclusion, it would mean that no one who is a police officer, fire fighter, or soldier could have a family either."

I don't think that's a fair comparison. Soldiers, police officers and fire fighters risk their lives to save and protect people -- that's a lot different than seeking glory on television.

Berger and “Path to 9/11”

By on 9.7.06 | 2:47PM

One of the most controversial scenes in the ABC minseries involves Sandy Berger/>. The Clinton/>/> letter says:

The drama leads viewers to believe that National Security Advisor Sandy Berger told the CIA that he would not authorize them to take a shot at bin Laden. This is complete fiction and the event portrayed never happened. First of all, the 9/11 Commission Report makes clear that CIA Director George Tenet had been directed by President Clinton and Mr. Berger to get bin Laden (p. 199 & 508-509). Secondly, Roger Cressy, National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism from 1999-2001, has said, on more than one occasion, “Mr. Clinton approved every request made of him by the CIA and the U.S. military involving using force against bin Laden and al-Qaeda.”

What Do…

By on 9.7.06 | 2:39PM

...Sidney Blumenthal, Newsweek, and Joe Conason have in common? They all owe Karl Rove an apology, according to David Broder.

An apology from that lot? I know I'm going to hold my breath.

RE: Steve Irwin

By on 9.7.06 | 2:31PM

Phil: Saw your blog post yesterday, and I have to disagree. While your concern is understandable, if we were to follow your logic to its conclusion, it would mean that no one who is a police officer, fire fighter, or soldier could have a family either.

On a different note, I got back late from vacation Tuesday evening, and turned on the TV which one of my roommates must have left on CNN. I caught the end of a segment of Larry King Live before it went to commercial. All I saw was a picture of Steve Irwin and heard some somber music. I knew immediately. God bless Steve Irwin, and may He look over his wife and children

Steve Irwin was a pioneer. He transformed the wildlife show, turning the genre into something that was both educational and fun. He showed that you could be goofy and still take wildlife seriously. Without Irwin, someone like Jeff Corwin would probably wouldn't be on television.

RE: $$Media Matters$$

By on 9.7.06 | 2:16PM

Wlady: I particularly liked the phrase "reformed right-wing reporter," as though being a right-winger is tantamount to being a criminal or drug addict.