December 16, 2002
Replace "religion" with "race" in ...

Paul Krugman's latest column and the storm of criticism around Trent Lott's statements would be look like a gentle breeze. The only identifiable group that it is still OK to demonize on the pages of The New York TImes are conservative Christians. Krugman's latest takes aim Christians as part of a grand, undeniably evil plot, […]

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December 15, 2002
More on the Saudis and kidnapping

On from William McGurn. For months now Prince Bandar has watched American distrust of Saudi Arabia climb even as his kingdom is spending millions to fix its battered image. But the exodus of three founding partners from the Saudi's U.S. public relations firm, Qorvis Communications, suggests that the Saudi ambassador's problem is not limited […]

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December 15, 2002
The view from the emergency room

I spent four hours today in the Grossmont Hospital emergency room, and I'm happy to say that the medical system in La Mesa, Calif., appears to work reasonably well. I was injured playing football with some fellow Union-Tribune employees. I thought I may have dislocated or broken my wrist, but, thankfully, the X-rays revealed only […]

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December 15, 2002
A gem from National Review ODT

(That's On Dead Tree for the acronym-challenged). How many times during the midterm campaign did Democrats say that a vote for Republicans was a vote to abolish Social Security, ban abortion, gut environmental laws, and put right-wing extremists on the bench? The people voted. Let the fun begin! Which brings me another opportunity to point […]

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December 14, 2002
Mark Steyn is a genius

You can read his latest here, at It's about doomed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. In his summary of Kerry's faults, (the fact that he's a Massachusetts liberal is at the top) Steyn points out that Kerry is opposed to the death penalty. Steyn points out the twisted logic Kerry displayed on a recent […]

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December 13, 2002
The other face

The Democratic Party has long proclaimed itself the friend of the "average American," taking the side of the "people against the powerful." But, that's the face they show the public, with the connivance of the national media -- The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN. The hidden face, is […]

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December 11, 2002
Thankfully Democrats aren't going overboard on this Trent Lott thing

Except for the New York Times editorial page. Specifically, columnist Bob Herbert. Look, Lott said something very stupid. It definitely hurt his reputation, and it is also hurting the Republican party. Lott should probably step down as Senate Majority Leader. But, Bob Herbert goes too far. But Mr. Lott is not the only culprit here. […]

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December 11, 2002
Well, this is interesting

It's now been widely-reported that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers may have used Mace or some other chemical to help takeover at least one of the hijacked planes. But what hasn't gotten a heck of a lot of press is this final paragraph: Last week, a German investigator testified that the business card of […]

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December 10, 2002
Jimmy Carter and the Peace Prize

I just saw a bit of Carter's speech after he was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize. Carter said: War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always evil. Never good. War is always evil. Never good? The Revolutionary War? Evil or Good? The Civil War? Which resulted in […]

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December 10, 2002
I watched Al Gore on ABC's "This Week"...

And I'm becoming convinced that he will find it very difficult to win the Democratic nomination, let alone the presidency, should he choose to run for President again. He still came across as arrogant and professorial -- something that hurt him in the debates and the last election. George Stephanopoulos did an solid job questioning […]

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🧵Please indulge me more on this topic: Yesterday's Bloomberg article misrepresenting Thune's comments on entitlement reform is part of a broader issue:
Most media coverage of Social Security, Medicare & unsustainable debt has long been narrative-driven and, yes, dishonest. (1/)

More broken accountability at the International Fact-Checking Network (@factchecknet) and the @Poynter Institute.

The IFCN allows people to register complaints about the its stable of "verified" signatories to its code of principles. @Google and @YouTube $hould pay attention.

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