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Sally Bedell Smith Renews Debunked Myths about President Clinton

On Page 101, Smith writes, “Bill was caught by White House reporters holding up traffic at Los Angeles International Airport for forty-five minutes while he got a two-hundred-dollar haircut on Air Force One from … Hollywood stylist, Christophe Schatteman.” In fact, Clinton’s haircut did not delay air traffic. As I wrote when Ed Klein included this long-debunked anecdote in The Truth About Hillary, his 2005 attempt to swift-boat Clinton, “The incident, and the debunking of claims that he caused air traffic delays, are sufficiently well-known that it is nearly inconceivable that this is an honest mistake.”

As Media Matters notes Smith claims her book is just full of new insights and revelations when she didn’t even do her own interviews, but rehashes bits and pieces from reports done by other journalists at Time and The New Yorker among others. But the liberal media like the Today Show is all too ready to let her make assertions like the airport myth unchallenged. Then all smiles thanking her for being on the show. One supposes the segments with the likes of Coulter and Smith are ones the network can point to and claim balance, much in the way they could have someone on that asserts the moon is a heavenly body and then give equal time to someone that believes the moon is all and nothing but cream cheese. This strange dichotomy at work where the morning news shows feel they have to have every other hack on in order to present what they consider balance is odd at best. The conservatives kooks are entertaining in their own surreal way and what ever pumps up your ratings, but how about challenging them on the, oh what are those things called…..facts. If the anchors on these shows cut off the Smiths tiresome spin every time they used opinion, conjecture and debunked gossip that might be good for ratings too and many of us watching might start to believe the morning talking heads are actual journalists.

Experts cast doubt on reality of Iran nuclear threat

WASHINGTON — Despite President Bush’s claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger “World War III,” experts in and out of government say there’s no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.

Even his own administration appears divided about the immediacy of the threat. While Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney speak of an Iranian weapons program as a fact, Bush’s point man on Iran, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, has attempted to ratchet down the rhetoric.

Its “curve ball” all over again, Curve Ball . There is what the administration and the wingnut Chicken-littles say and then there is the truth.


Conservative blogger A J Strata isn’t a doctor, but plays one on the “internets”

We’re twinseparable! Happy with his brother, the boy who refused to die

When doctors found that Gabriel was weaker than his brother, with an enlarged heart,and believed he was going to die in the womb, his mother Rebecca Jones had to make a heartbreaking decision.

Doctors told her his death could cause his twin brother to die too before they were born, and that it would be better to end Gabriel’s suffering sooner rather than later.

Mrs Jones decided to let doctors operate to terminate Gabriel’s life.

Firstly they tried to sever his umbilical cord to cut off his blood supply, but the cord was too strong.

They then cut Mrs Jones’s placenta in half so that when Gabriel died, it would not affect his twin brother.

But after the operation which was meant to end his life, tiny Gabriel had other ideas.

Although he weighed less than a pound, he put up such a fight for survival that doctors called him Rocky.

Astonishingly, he managed to carry on living in his mother’s womb for another five weeks – until the babies were delivered by caesarean section.

I’m aware of the adage that everything is politics, but I failed to see how this story was political. Doctors noted a medical condition, consulted with the mother. A decision was made by the doctors with the mothers approval. It wasn’t a mater of a condition that was only going to kill one fetus, but if allowed to continue might kill both. The Republican blog The Strata-Sphere, Posted by AJStrata on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 at 11:25 am.

Doctors Will Kill To Cover Their Financial Butts

If there is any doubt that some doctors (or to be more accurate; hospitals run by lawyers trying to avoid getting sued) will make decisions that is best for their legal position and not best for the patient we have a story today that eliminates any of that doubt. It is about twins and the difficulties bringing them (or any multiples) to a successful birth (something we here at the Strata-Sphere are all too well experienced in). And it is about a terrible decision (due in part by medical system pressure no-doubt) to sacrifice one to supposedly save the other

Strata looked into his crystal ball and saw the meeting between doctors and hospital administrators where they plotted to murder one of the twins so they wouldn’t get sued. Strata stakes out his credentials, “(something we here at the Strata-Sphere are all too well experienced in)”. So someone he knows or related to had twin births, so to hell with all that med school crap he is now an expert on any and all complications related to twin pregnancies. This reminds me of the wingers who thought and still think that someone with a dead brain stem is still alive in any practical sense of the word. From the news article,

But at her 20-week scan, doctors had some devastating news. One of the boys was half the size of his brother.

They didn’t know what was causing it, but somehow he wasn’t getting enough nutrients.

Then doctors said his heart was three times normal size and it was likely he would have a heart attack or a stroke in the womb.

Mrs Jones said: “They told us that if he died, it could be life threatening for his brother.

“We had to decide whether to end his life and let his brother live, or risk them both.”

They said it would be impossible to keep him alive afterwards as he was so poorly.

It would be kinder to let him die in the womb with his brother by his side than to die alone after being born.

“That made my mind up for me. I wanted the best thing for him.”

Strata’s crystal ball probably has three holes in it. The mother had the final say, not that vile band of conspiring weaselly doctors trying to avoid civil liability. Couldn’t they have also been liable if they had told her there might be a problem, but they’re taking no action. Then there is the most obvious glaring fact that what the doctors did do is what likely saved the twin with the low weight and enlarged heart. If they had not severed the placenta the small one might well have died in the womb or shortly after birth. Sine I took the pre-med track as an undergrad I’ll do a little speculating of my own based on my experiences. That the doctors involved will write this episode up for one of the medical journals. That some researchers will be taking some rats pregnant with twins and splitting the placentas to eventually see how this might become a standard medical practice in some situations so future Ieuans will have a better chance of survival.