In one of Glenn Greenwald’s updates to Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News notes a couple of echoes of the misinformation that surrounded the anthrax scare,
The Wall St. Jorunal Editors and former CIA Director James Woolsey — who insisted rather emphatically from the beginning of the anthrax attacks that Saddam was likely to blame. Indeed, the WSJ Editorial Page — along with others on the Right such as Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report and Fox News — continued even into 2007 to insist that the FBI was erring by focusing on domestic suspects rather than Middle Easterners.
I’m all for blogging as people powered publishing and a great tool to at least create some focus on an issue, but for right now even the A-list bloggers don’t have the kind of media platform that reaches and influences as many people as the WSJ, Fox and U.S. News. For these media outlets who as members of the press have some special moral responsibilities to the people beyond that a regular business would have to withhold and mislead the public is reprehensible. Then to be joined in that misinformation campaign by people like former CIA Director James Woolsey makes the whole tale even worse. Millions of Americans watched their TVs and saw those credentials flashed across the screen or signed at the bottom of an op-ed and felt they were being told the whole truth by people that would know what the truth is. One of the people that was part of that echo that tried to link anthrax to Iraq was John McCain. If McBush becomes president is he suddenly going to have a change of heart, take on some charter and integrity that he has failed to show America after such a long career in politics. Will he suddenly start being straight about anthrax, WMD, Iraq, Iran, the economy, the environment or the other issues. Since he can’t run an honest campaign or own up to years of lies there is little reason to think he’ll change in 2009.
For several years after 9/11, I served on Texas’ Bioterrorism Preparedness Coordinating Committee representing ACLU of Texas. I became convinced from that experience that the greatest threat of releasing toxic biopathogens comes not from Islamic terrorists but accidents or malevolent actions by an expanding cadre of US bioterrorism researchers.
This story is probably not over.
McCain, remember is running as the reformer, the guy with experience. His attitude in fact is how can you not vote for me, For McCain, Another Problem Fundraiser
A two-year suit against Berkman was decided last month when a jury found he had defrauded investors and ordered him to pay them $28 million.
Berkman, a former chairman of the Oregon GOP, co-hosted a $1,000-a-plate fundraising luncheon for McCain in January, and has donated $4,600 to McCain’s campaign, the maximum allowable by law, the paper reported today.
Is McCain the only guy that can sleep with dogs and not get fleas. Not likely.
“There has been a very intentional effort to paint him as somebody outside the mainstream, other, ‘he’s not one of us,'” said Gergen, who has worked with White Houses, both Republican and Democrat, from Nixon to Clinton. “I think the McCain campaign has been scrupulous about not directly saying it, but it’s the subtext of this campaign. Everybody knows that. There are certain kinds of signals. As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, ‘The One,’ that’s code for, ‘he’s uppity, he ought to stay in his place.’ Everybody gets that who is from a southern background. We all understand that. When McCain comes out and starts talking about affirmative action, ‘I’m against quotas,’ we get what that’s about.”
Gergen, a self described Independent who worked in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations is hardly a rabid partisan. If it was just one of the ads that had the “uppity” implication Mccain and his supporters might have a little of that old fashioned Bushie plausible denibility. To imply the same scurrilous message three times and then take to the networks and defend them leaves the scum where we found it, in the McCain and McCainiacs mindset.
Joe Lieberman personally attests to McCain’s manhood. Yea, I know, I find that disturbing too, Lieberman: John McCain is ‘all-male’
TOM BROKAW: … Among other things, Senator McCain has been very adamant about never raising taxes under any circumstances. That prompted this headline in the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal from the commentator Daniel Henninger. He said, “Is John McCain stupid? Is John McCain losing it? He said on national television that to solve Social Security `everything’s on the table,’ which of course means raising payroll taxes. On July 7 … he said: `Senator Obama will raise your taxes. I won’t.'” Daniel Henninger concludes, “This isn’t a flip-flop. It’s a sex-change operation.”
SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN: First, let me say that John remains all male. There’s no question about that. Secondly, he, he’s, he’s as smart, curious and intellectually alert as possible
USA Geo Map wallpaper. A little too artsy to be of practical use, but it looks nice on my desktop.