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1/18/2005

Even the Independent?

Home to Mr. fisk, England's Independent is about as wet as they get; but here is a surprising quote,

But the bad cop is sending another message to Tehran: If negotiations fail force is very much an option. A nuclear-armed Iran is "unacceptable," Mr Bush has repeatedly said - and as the mullahs and the whole world knows, when the 43rd president says something, he means it.
the independent
Of course the article goes on to explain that the United States could not win militarily in IraN, that it would have no allies, that the Iranian people - no matter what - will not overthrow the mullahs.

Yeah, right.

Blogs Unite!

Bloggers of all stripes are realizing that we, as a medium, are facing an attack from the media establishment -- from the newsrooms to the J-schools. They hoped we would go away after the election but we're still around causing all kinds of trouble, so they will use every hook to try and discredit the blogosphere.

As Jerome notes, we're at war with the Right, and the conservative bloggers see themselves at war with the Left. But I think we're seeing a measure of solidarity when our medium is under attack. And make no mistake about it, the media establishment is gunning for us.

Their latest tactic is to create impossibily high financial standards for bloggers. Journalists get paid for their work. Bloggers, with few exceptions, cannot make a living off their work. So, we will all, by definition, have outside financial interests.
daily kos
I have zero time for Kos but he does have a point regarding the accusations tossed at him by the Wall Street Journal after Zephyr Teachout wrote that, er, yes the Dean campaign was hoping Kos would support the Dean campaign after it started paying him $3000.00 a month for "technical consulting". As Kos disclosed his relationship to the Dean campaign I'd say there is simply no story here.

I think Kos is a bit over the top about legacy media's reaction to blogs; but there are certainly people paying attention this year who were not a year ago. Attention means scrutiny and those of us who blog have to be careful to disclose if - come the day - we are getting paid by politicians, parties, corporations or unions. That's what's fair for our readers.

2020

The National Intelligence Council in the US is a body which advises the CIA. It has published what amounts to a global tour for the year 2020. While the analysis is not particularily deep - China and India poised to become world economic powers, WMDs spread, globalization is here to stay - it is a really interesting look at what some smart people are seeing for the future and what they are willing to make available to the general public.

Worth a read.

1/17/2005

An honour to be Nominated

I am amused to see that this wee blog came sixth in the Conservative category in the first annual Canadian Blog Awards - Hats off to Mike Brock who won the category. And a round of applause to Robert McClelland for taking time away from being the most irritating commentor on this and many other blogs and putting this together.

Balance?

Interesting dicussion over at the Tyee on the question of balance in MSM and the stautus of the Tyee - which is unabashedly left in orientation. To quote Norm Spector,

First, there is greater diversity of opinion in the National Post and in any CanWest paper than there is in the Tyee. So, in that sense, I would say that you've moved down the journalism standards food chain in leaving the Sun and joining the Tyee in part, as you acknowledge, because it is consistent with your "political outlook."
the tyee, comments
I happen to disagree with the vast majority of the material the Tyee publishes; but I think that as a publication, the Tyee has quickly established itself as a critical alternative to the homoginized pieties of MSM in BC. Which can only be a good thing.

1/16/2005

Whose Bitch?

New Ideas eh,

New Democratic Party top donors:

1. $909,775.00 CEP (Trade Union)
2. $775,919.60 UFCW Canada (Trade Union)
3. $823,289.60 CAW (Trade Union)
4. $374,789.68 CUPE (Trade Union)
5. $791,064.34 USWA (Trade Union)
6. $252,619.60 OPSEU (Trade Union)
7. $219,440.00 Canadian Labour Congress (Trade Union)
8. $205,900.00 IAM & AW (Trade Union)
9. $159,850.00 SEIU (Trade Union)
10. $105,246.40 Ontario Eng Catholic Teacher's Association (Trade Union)
stephen taylor
Nice.