In Washington calls are intensifying for President Bush's chief advisor Karl Rove to resign because of his role in the outing of an undercover CIA agent. For nearly two years the White House has denied Rove had any part in the leak, but on Sunday Newsweek revealed that Rove personally spoke with a reporter from Time Magazine about the agent, Valerie Plame, although he did not state her name. On Monday, White House press spokesperson Scott McClellan refused to answer questions about Rove claiming that it would be premature to do so since the investigation is ongoing. But two years ago when allegations about Rove first emerged the White House repeatedly denied he played any role in the leak. In September of that year McClellan told reporters that he had spoken personally with Rove and that it was "simply not true" that Rove had any role in the leak. As for the president, he has repeatedly said he would fire anyone involved in the leak of classified information. On Monday Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said "I trust they will follow through on this pledge."
On Monday President Bush vowed to keep waging the so-called war on terror. Meanwhile a new CNN poll has found that a majority of Americans now believe the war in Iraq has made the United States less safe from terrorism. The percentage of respondents who felt this way jumped from 39 to 54 percent following the bombings in London. Just 40 percent of Americans believe the war in Iraq has made this country safer.
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The head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kenneth Tomlinson, came under fire from Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) at a Senate panel Monday for his decision to secretly monitor public television and radio programs, and about other controversial moves that have led to calls for his resignation. We play an excerpt of the hearing. [includes rush transcript]
We speak with Ernest Wilson, a board member for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting about Monday's hearing, Kenneth Tomlinson's monitoring of the political content of public broadcasting and the hiring of former RNC co-chair Patricia Harrison as CEO of the CPB.
As the Senate Appropriations Committee meets this week to consider the budget of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting we host a debate on government funding of public broadcasting with David Boaz of the Cato Institute, Bill Reed, the president of KCPT in Kansas City and Jeffrey Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy.
In Washington calls are intensifying for President Bush's chief advisor Karl Rove to resign because of his role in the outing of undercover CIA operative, Valerie Plame. We speak with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) who is calling for Congressional hearings into Rove's role as well as journalist David Corn of The Nation.
McClellans statements are much less important than Bushs. Two years ago, the sitting president said, I want to know the truth. Obvious question for a Bold Leader: Why are we just starting to get the truth two years after this public statement? And: What do you plan to do to the person who kept you in the dark?
(We're going with that excerpt because his criticism of others could easily apply to my own remarks at this site. I stand by remarks. Highlighting others who have made similar points and are singled out would seem, to me, to be acting as though I hadn't said much of the same. It would also be hard to not, in fairness, make some sort of comment re: X's statement at his site or Z's at their site. So I'll go with the above as our excerpt but note that the entire Howler is worth reading and that, as always, it's educational and entertaining.)
(And by the way, Bill Reed is a guest on today's Democracy Now! and making points in response to David Boaz's incessant chirps of "Bill Moyers! Bill Moyers!" Bob Somerby addressed Reed's performance on PBS' NewsHour June 28, 2005.)
We look like occupiers (whether or not we say we aren't) and we've made it easy for the propaganda machine on the other side to succeed. This isn't WWII. This is 2005. Communication is immediate. People don't sit around for weeks wondering how the battle turned out. Photos and stories are sent with a quick download and, with one click of a key, the world sees what it wants to see...hears what it wants to hear. I'm no Nostradamus, but I sure as hell could have told you that this was a misguided way to win hearts and minds - as a matter of fact, I did tell you on this very blog, time and time again.
In order for there to be an appearance of any form of "success" for the U.S. in Iraq, the Iraqi army and police must be the key in this wicked propaganda battle between the U.S.-led occupation forces and the insurgents for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. Our failure to adequately and promptly train these Iraqis is in direct proportion to the loss of so many hearts and minds. I fear what we've done has been too little - too late.
As noted by The Third Estate Sunday Review, Jude doesn't mine the standard sourcesor go for the obvious. Her entry point for this essay is one that many might otherwise miss. Which is why she's a strong voice and one that speaks to the community.
Staying on the strong voices theme, we'll now note Matthew Rothschild's latest This Just Ins.
First, "The Cult of al Qaeda:"
Now I dont believe in caving in to terrorists. I hate Al Qaeda, and Al Qaeda hates me.
But I also dont believe that the United States should continue pursuing immoral policies just because Al Qaeda opposes those policies.
The Iraq War is immoral.
The unconditional support that the U.S. gives Israel is immoral.
The United States should get out of Iraq and stop giving Israel a blank check not to appease Al Qaeda but because its the right thing to do.
Al Qaeda will continue on its bloody path, and it will find other excuses for its inexcusable, despicable actions.
But its appeal will diminish, and well be the safer for pursuing decent policies.
Now we'll note Rothschild's "The Plame Grenade:"
Well, is he going to hold Rove accountable?
Or is he going to cover for Rove?
Bush prizes loyalty and hardball over legality and decency. Why else does he have Rove and Cheney around?
But if Bush makes a wrong move here, hes in cover-up land.
Already, Bushs press secretary, Scott McClellan, is hopelessly compromised. Back when the scandal first broke, McClellan vouched for Roves innocence and said that the President knows that Karl Rove wasnt involved. McClellan also said, back then, that he personally had talked with Rove, and Rove denied being involved.
Willie Nelson can come up with radical phrasing effortlessly, but other people, like Jamie Stewart from the Seattle band Xiu Xiu, have to work harder at it.
Over the last five years, Xiu Xiu has come to make an utterly original mixture of home-studio goth-pop, confessional singer-songwriter outpourings and chamber music. Mr. Stewart, the band's singer, guitarist and songwriter, locates the most fragile and overwrought position he can find within himself - some combination of a mortified whisper, a sob and a scream - and starts from there. On much of "La Forêt" (5 Rue Christine), the band's fourth album, he sounds close to hyperventilating. No question, it's not for everyone; it's both fey and aggressive. But it's quite real.
Where he (and the listener) can touch down in the familiar is in a kind of 80's goth-pop - a Bauhaus-like sound, with cheap-sounding, reverberant electronic percussion and keyboards. Sometimes the band incorporates this into noisy collage work; Mr. Stewart has a sharp, practical and imaginative ear for texture. But on "La Forêt," where Xiu Xiu really turns it on and becomes extraordinary - and in a more delicate and musical way than before - are in the quietest songs, with only Mr. Stewart's voice and acoustic guitar, singing bits of surreally sexualized poetry, and sometimes sparely written arrangements for cello and vibraphone and piano. "We closed our lips/ and we called it our love," he sings in "Clover." "Swallowed a clover made of lead/ It's unmanageable to just keep on living/ Please, please, please don't, don't, don't walk like my single hope." It's all an act of supreme control.
The article reviews three albums. The above excerpt covers Xiu Xiu. Mark (who first brought Xiu Xiu to our attention also e-mails this morning about the Tuesday article. He adds that this is a good place for information about the band (album reviews, concert reviews and more). So Xiu Xiu and Carole King both have albums due out this morning. (Lori e-mails to note she's already gotten Carole King this morning and "I love it.") (Surely we aren't the only site noting Xiu Xiu and Carole King, are we?) (And here's a link to Carole King's official web site.) (To answer the previous question, fine if we are. Music's important to this community.)
Brady e-mails to note an article at the Times web site by Richard W. Stevenson entitled "White House Silence on Rove's Role in Leak Enters 2nd Day:"
President Bush was asked today if he planned to fire Karl Rove, a senior aide at the center of an investigation over the unmasking of an undercover C.I.A. officer, and he offered only a stony silence in reply.
"Are you going to fire him?" the president was asked twice in a brief Oval Office appearance with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore. Both times, the president ignored the questions.
Then a White House aide signaled that the session was over. "Out those doors, please," the aide told journalists. "Thank you very much."
Nearly two years after stating that any administration official found to have been involved in leaking the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer would be fired, and assuring that Mr. Rove and other senior presidential aides had nothing to do with the disclosure, the White House is refusing to answer any questions about new evidence of Mr. Rove's role in the matter.
It's the same article we noted this morning (as Brady points out), but they've added the paragraphs above to it, slapped on a new title and, like Alberto Gonzales, started singing "Brand New Me."
(Carl Hulse, David Johnston, Adam Liptak and David Stout contributed to the Stevenson's article.)
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