Monday, August 15, 2005

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Susan e-mails to note the AP article "Mom's Protest Riles Gun - Toting Neighbor:"

Undaunted by counter rallies and even a neighbor's gunshot blasts into the air, a woman whose son died in Iraq said Sunday that she will continue her anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch for three more weeks.
''We can't give up, no matter hard it gets,'' said Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif. She started the protest Aug. 6 in memory of her 24-year-old son Casey, an Army specialist killed in Iraq last year.
Her makeshift campsite along the road leading to the Western White House has grown to more than 100, and hundreds more have stopped by for a few hours to show their support. Sheehan says she won't leave ''Camp Casey'' until Bush meets with her and other grieving families or until his monthlong ranch visit ends.
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Sherry Bohlen of Scottsdale, Ariz., drove with two friends to Crawford last week but didn't leave Sunday as planned.
''This is history in the making, and it's hard to walk away from that,'' said Bohlen, whose son Thor has been in Iraq for a month.

Lewis e-mails to note David Carr's "Murdoch and Clinton: An Unlikely Alliance" which echoes the relationship Murdoch cultivated with Tony Blair:"

Both sides could benefit from the thaw. The News Corporation is in the midst of a counteroffensive against a change in the Nielsen ratings that it says undercounts minorities, and that, oh, by the way, could cripple its local stations. The company has hired Howard Wolfson, Senator Clinton's campaign spokesman in 2000, and other Democratic lobbyists to reframe the issue as a new version of voting rights, drafting a Senate bill. The subsequent grass-roots-cum-Astroturf media campaign issued a plaintive "Don't Count Me Out" message. Mrs. Clinton initially sent a letter of support, but currently has no official position on the bill.
Mr. Murdoch has a history of backing and engaging political winners, most notably Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, the Labor Party leader, even though Mr. Murdoch all but invented Thatcher-mania back in the 1980's. Because he has no romanticism for lost causes, The Post apparently will not try to maim Mrs. Clinton in a Senate race with Ms. Pirro that is beginning to seem over before it has begun. They still whack Ms. Clinton occasionally, but it is more on general principle - they do it to stay in shape - and not with the same glee as in the past.


It's Monday. The New York Times has little to offer on Mondays. Add in that we did the Sunday feature of reporting from outside the mainstream US media on Iraq and on a mixture of countries . . . That's standard for Mondays but e-mails have come in of late from new visitors wondering why Monday's have little about the Times. That's why.

From The Japan Times (via Asia Media), we'll note "US: Pair wants reporter's Pulitzer for '45 story on A-bomb revoked:"

Two journalists in New York said Tuesday they want a Pulitzer Prize awarded to a New York Times reporter for his coverage of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki revoked, saying he was employed by the U.S. War Department when he wrote his articles.
As a New York Times reporter, William L. Laurence was given the prestigious U.S. award in 1946 for his eyewitness account of the bombing of Nagasaki and a series of 10 articles on the development, production and significance of the atomic device.
Amy Goodman, host of the national radio and TV program "Democracy Now!" and her brother, David, a contributing writer to Mother Jones magazine, are hoping other journalists will follow their lead in asking the board to revoke the prize.
The pair said Laurence, a science correspondent for the New York Times, was also on the payroll of the U.S. War Department.
"For four months, while still reporting for the (New York) Times, Mr. Laurence had been writing press releases for the military explaining the atomic weapons program. He also wrote statements for President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson," the pair wrote in an Op-Ed piece that appeared Friday in the Baltimore Sun.
"He was awarded by being given a seat on the plane that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki, an experience that he described in the Times with religious awe," they wrote.
[. . .]
If the prize is not revoked, they said the award "will be tainted," because it sets a precedent for journalistic standards.
"It is absolutely critical that we, that the media, do not simply become a megaphone for those in power, that we hear victims' voices," Goodman said.

The Unembed the Media Tour continues:

* Amy Goodman in Hopland, CA:
Sat, August 20
10th Annual Sol Fest Benefit
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Hopland, California
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