Friday, December 03, 2004


E-mails asking about today's post on the Times.  I have no idea what happened but I'm sure it's something I did wrong.  I think it's readable (if you really, really try) and there's so much more to deal with that I'm not sure I'll have time to correct it today.
I want to steer your attention to four things.
1) Unfiltered today with Joe Trippi is a must listen if you have time.  Air America Place has archives of the Air America Radio programs.
Log in (registration is free), hit the archive button, go to Unfiltered and you're selecting Friday, December 3rd's episode.  (I download the smaller version because it takes less time to download.)
2) Unfiltered had an interview with Senator Barbara Boxer Thursday that is also worth hearing.
The same web address above, the same directions but select Thursday's December 2nd episode.
Unfiltered is a three hour show.  I believe Joe Trippi was a second hour guest, but I could be wrong.  At any rate, there's plenty of news and comedy mixed in that will keep you listening while you wait for Trippi or Boxer.
3) Democracy Now! addresses the Ohio voting issue again today.  Juan Gonzales discusses with Amy Goodman some of the things he and fellow New York Daily News reporter Larry Cohler-Esses have uncovered.  You can watch or listen, but there's no rush transcript as of yet (Gonzales' New York Daily News article that this site linked to earlier is posted in full),
at and there's one more segment I really want to push.
4) Again, no rush transcript as of it yet; however, you can listen or watch here
It is a controversy that has been brewing for months. Some say it's part of the US-led attack on the integrity of the United Nations as retribution for its stance on the invasion of Iraq; others say it shows corruption on the part of an institution that the US has termed soft on dictators and an obstruction to US policy. President Bush Thursday called for what he termed a "full and open" accounting of the U.N. oil-for-food program. But he would not say whether he thought U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan should resign.
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At issue is a $64 billion program for Iraq, administered by the United Nations and supervised by the 15-nation Security Council. For months, accusations of corruption within the program have been consistently launched at Annan and other UN officials.
[. . . .]
To discuss this issue, we are joined now by two people who have been following this story very closely.


I'll also add that Joy Gordon's article for The Nation on this subject can be found here  and also here .  The comments coming into this site regarding Judith Miller's UN "coverage" indicates there's interest in this topic so if you're interested in the topic, please check out the debate from Democracy Now! (there's no fee or membership needed to watch, listen or read at Democracy Now!).

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