I learned a lot watching Bill Moyers' exceptional program Wednesday night. Moyers went pica pica with the pathetic state of U.S. journalism since Bush seized control of the country and the press. Do not miss the Moyers video and/or the Moyers transcript. Full disclosure: I am now enrolled in the online Pat Robertson School of Cherry-Picked, Bush-Administration-fed Information-Spewing and French Cooking. Today's mixed load reflects my new-found learning about how to take a fragment of truth and craft a story that is marketable, that is good for the bottom line of one's newspaper, radio or TV employer. Here are my scoops du jour with a half twist: Of course there's more!
' Hugh Grant used a rocket launcher to hurl a 50-pound tub of baked beans at Elizabeth Hurley. The linguistic humor was lost on him.
' The Veeper, Dick Cheney, refused the honorary doctorate of public service conferred on him yesterday at Brigham Young University in the liberal state of Utah. "I am not worthy," said Cheney.
' General David Petraeus concedes that there is little to no progress being made in Iraq. He cites 2003 as the most sensible time for withdrawal of U.S. forces.
' Rep. Henry Waxman, commenting on the Congressional subpoena issued to Condoleeza Rice, said, "A subpoena is not a request; it's a demand for information." Rice's response: "Damn straight. I'll be there."
' Russia's Vladimir Putin is suspending "Russia's obligations under the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, ratcheting up a tense stand-off with NATO over U.S. plans to station a missile defense system in Eastern Europe." President George Bush says, "No worries. Remember, I looked into Vlad's eyes and saw'pupils!"
' New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says we need only another six 87.37 months to achieve stability in Iraq, thereby recalibrating the benchmark 6-month Friedman Unit.
' Things are really looking up in Iraq. Great progress is being made. We are winning this war and should be out of Iraq in a Friedman or so.
' Today, George W. Bush said he is tormented about the possibility of vetoing the Congressional war spending bill. "I want to do the right thing. I am the people's president. I am the uniter. God bless Amurca."
Hey! This is fun. No wonder so many journalists gave up research, fact-checking and challenging the Bush administration on pretty much everything.
Remember the French cuisine part of my journalism curriculum? For the past six years, much of American journalism has been all about cooking and presentation. Well, that, and the thing Phil Donahue said on the Moyers show.
Reflecting on his network's decision axe his show, presumably because he resisted their requirement that he have two conservatives to every liberal on his show, Donahue pointed out that under the Bush administration, dissent is not good for business. He was referring to the business of fully and truthfully informing the American people. Are you thinking I made this up? If only.