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Bias for their candidate hastily reworded moments later.
By Brad Friedman on 9/21/2004 1:07pm PT  

Perhaps it was the uncomfortable juxtaposition of the adjacent report about another American hostage killed today in Iraq. Or perhaps it was just one of those rare moments when Fox News realized the irony of one of their own front page headlines.

Either way, their website's original front page headline for their report on Bush's U.N. speech today was "A New Definition of Security" before it was hastily changed to the more on-message "Freedom Will Find a Way".

A new definition of security, indeed. Hopefully nobody noticed.

(Thanks to the sharp eye of home sick BRAD BLOG regular, Jaime, who did notice! Get well soon, Jaime!)

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Watch out Iran!
By Brad Friedman on 9/21/2004 12:26pm PT  

Uh, oh. Looks like the Bush Administration may have learned all they need to know to start another new war. This time in Iran:

NEWSWEEK has learned that the CIA and DIA have war-gamed the likely consequences of a U.S. pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. No one liked the outcome. As an Air Force source tells it, "The war games were unsuccessful at preventing the conflict from escalating."

By this administration's standards, that's almost a guarantee that we're goin' in!

If things get much worse in Iraq or Bush's poll numbers start to slide, I'd say "Watch out, Mullahs! More 'Freedom' is on it's way!"

Bush/Cheney '04: Why change horsemen mid-apocalypse?

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And his Lying Loyal Subjects Who Don't Seem to Mind.
By Brad Friedman on 9/21/2004 10:42am PT  

It's much easier to run for the White House when you have neither scruples, morals, or a conscience. The Right proves that every day.

The hypocrites that support George W. Bush have been breathless in their sycophantic rush to say "see I told ya so!" about the potential errors in part of Dan Rather's report. Predictably they go so far as to say that those errors somehow "prove what we've been saying all along" that somehow this demonstrates a "liberal bias" at CBS, and oh, while we're at it, the rest of the "mainstream media".

Happily, of course, they ignore the year long series of acknowledged incorrect and faulty reports of The New York Times who, under the byline of Judith Miller and others, and with the help of the Bush Administration and their discredited allies in the name of Ahmad Chalabi and friends, frightened the United States into an entire war over completely wrong and wholly disproven premises.

The New York Times was hardly alone, of course, who can ever forget the "accurate" reporting in The Washington Post like their Dec. 12, 2002 story, errantly aiding the run-up to war in their story headlined "U.S. Suspects Al Qaeda Got Nerve Agent From Iraqis; Analysts: Chemical May Be VX, And Was Smuggled Via Turkey"?

In other words, when the bias (accidental or otherwise) and faulty reporting ends up serving the desires of the Right --- and in the cases mentioned above, ironically, via the Right's other favorite whipping boys, the supposedly "liberal" New York Times and Washington Post --- you'll hear not a peep from the same folks who are simply "outraged" when an error occurs in a report whose information (true or otherwise) they don't like.

Need more proof? Where is the "outrage" and armchair amateur typographer's when it came to demonstrating that George W. Bush had used forged documents to make a case for war in his own State of the Union Address? The documents Bush used to suggest that Saddam was attempting to purchase uranium in Niger were long ago discovered to have been forgeries, and even acknowledged as such by the 9/11 Commission.

And yet, not a single amateur document specialist slash rightwing blogger seemed outraged over that mistake, by the "Commander-in-Chief", and one that also sent us on a path towards a mistaken war.

What, no self-righteous indignation over that one either?

And what of the story from just two days ago, screamed by Drudge and dutifully picked up and reported by both Rush and Sean that Drudge headlined "GIRL CRIES AFTER BUSH/CHENEY SIGN RIPPED BY THUGS..." The one with the picture of the poor little girl in tears on her father's shoulders after thugs in union t-shirts tore up her Bush/Cheney sign. The father, it turns out, who, in addition to happily making his six-year-old daughter cry so pictures could be taken, astoundingly, for the third election year in a row, was harrassed by "thugs" from the opposition party.

As it turns out those "thugs" were the father's other children. His sons. The story, which once run on Drudge will run everywhere else, was a fake.

None the less, the Rightwing D.C. rag The Washington Times picked it up and ran their own breathless and outraged feature on this fake story.

Haven't yet heard the wingnuts wailing and crying about the "outrageous" bias of Drudge and The Washington Times on the matter. How very strange.

Yesterday, Fox's "Campaign" Carl Cameron said that John Kerry, in a speech yesterday, called Bush "a warmonger who wants a perpetual state of war around the world". Well, Bush may be a proven warmonger, and he has suggested that we will now be in a perpetual state of war around the world. But the trouble is, John Kerry never said it. I wish he would. But he didn't.

Again, not so curiously perhaps, no outrage about the bias of Fox News from the Right.

I could, of course, go on and on pointing out one biased news report after another, based on fake information or simply out and out lies from the Right, in both Conservative media and the supposed (yet non-existant) "Liberal" media. From CNN's Bill Schneider who baselessly claimed on Sunday, with absolutely no evidence whatsoever, that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda "would very much like to defeat President Bush" (an absurd suggestion if ever there was one) to newspaper after newspaper which, to this day, continue to quote "information" from the discredited "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" even now after nearly every one of their allegations has been proven false and/or baseless by official contemperaneous documents from the Military themselves.

No cries of "See! Look how biased the media is!" from the Right in regard to such every day occurences. Stop by Media Matters for America for an endless cataloging of such blatant anti-liberal, pro-conservative bias in every quarter of the media, not just the expected culprits, as updated every five minutes or so.

But, like the evidence of a mistaken War, waged for no good reason, or the 25 or so different and ever-changing ones that Bush has continually created to justify his actions once each previous justification became "inoperable", hard evidence is no match for an immoral, power-hungry group of rabid partisans willing to lie their way across the consciousness of the good, but largely too-busy-to-keep-up-with-this-bullshit American people.

Yes, there are a few Republicans and/or Conservatives who still have a conscience. Even the thinly disguised Conservative Bill O'Reilly has the decency to point out that CBS was most likely the victim of shabby reporting rather than any sort of malicious bias. But for the most part, for the winning-is-everything crowd on the Right, such honest admissions are a rarity, and rather off-message for the Bush worshipping, zombified opportunists.

So, on they press, lying their way to the White House. "Things are improving in Iraq", "Freedom is on the march", "America is safer" and "the Mainstream Media has a Liberal Bias". All without the blink of an eye or the blush of a conscience.

Meanwhile, the lies and or misleads of factually challenged Rightwingers have directly lead to the deaths of thousands of innocents across this globe during George W. Bush's Reign of Error. Far more than the number that perished on September 11th, 2001. And there is little doubt that thousands more will die via such lies before the cycle can balance itself out. All the while, Drudge, Rush, Sean, the Fox "News" team and all of their immoral admirers likely sleep well at night, albeit with a loaded pistol beneath their pillows to keep them safe should any God-loathing, America-hating "Liberals" break into their house at night and threaten the only thing they actually care about; Themselves.

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Deadlines coming shortly!
By Brad Friedman on 9/20/2004 3:45pm PT  

Though the Pentagon has just made it much more difficult for U.S. Citizens overseas to register to vote this year (not military personnel mind you, just U.S. ex-patriots living overseas who are likely to vote againt Bush!), you can still get it done in time!

In 2000, six different states were decided by fewer than 8000 votes! Two of those states were deciced by less than 600 votes!

If you're living in the United States and you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?! The Republicans hope that you don't vote! Don't help them out!

The following links should take care of all registration needs! Click one of them NOW! Deadlines are now just days away! Bush will be defeated by turnout! But only if you do your civic duty this year!

Living overseas?
Click here to register to vote NOW via www.OverseasVote2004.com

Living in the US?
Click here to register to vote NOW via 'Rock the Vote'!

Living in the US in a "solid state" but going to school in a "swing state"?
Do what Dick Cheney did!
Register where your vote will count the most!
Click here to register to vote NOW via SwingStateVoter.com

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...as of 9/20/04:
By Brad Friedman on 9/20/2004 3:26pm PT  

Attacks by Insurgents per day:
80 avg.

Cities and Towns in Hostile Hands:
36

U.S. Military Dead:
1,033

U.S. Military Amputees, Wounded, Injured & Psychologically Disabled,
All now evacuated from Iraq:
27,450 est.

Iraqi Civilians Killed:
20,600 est.

Iraqi Military Killed (by end of "major hostilities"):
28,000 est.

Total Iraqis Killed (Civilian and Military):
48,600 est.

Population of Iraq:
25 million

Killed in the US on 9/11:
2,973

Population of US:
293 million

Stockpiles of WMD's found in Iraq so far:
0

Sources: Iraq Coalition Casuality Count, U.S. Dept. of Defense, McLaughlin Group

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By Brad Friedman on 9/20/2004 12:33pm PT  


CNN Admits It Cannot Prove Authenticity of Wolf Blitzer

In a shock announcement that will reverberate through broadcast journalism, CNN has acknowledged that it can no longer vouch for the authenticity of host Wolf Blitzer.

After months of being buffeted by accusations and speculation, CNN subjected Blitzer to a series of forensic tests over the weekend and determined that his beard is a polyfiber synthetic and his lack of affect was attributable to a defective chip insecurely fitted into his fliptop head.

"Though we regret learning Wolf Blitzer is animatronic," said CNN chief Bip Peterson, "this in no way undermines the integrity of the journalism he did for the network, or CNN's commitment to the reelection of George Bush."

Speculation now turns to CNN's Judy Woodruff, rumored for years to be a stick-figure pictogram, despite fierce denials from colleagues who claim to have ridden the elevator with her.

"Judy, Wolf, Larry King--none of them are real," says a former intern at the network who still has nightmares.

(From James Wolcott via BRAD BLOG tipster Bryan)

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Yes, another Rightwingnut has pissed me off. This time the honor goes to that great American Christian, Jimmy Swaggert who was kind enough recently to remind us why the hell we've got to take our country back from the fundamentalist extremist goons that are turning America into everything it was designed NOT to be.

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Disaster in Iraq.
By Brad Friedman on 9/19/2004 12:34pm PT  

A few other pieces excerpted via today's "Today in Iraq", apparently one of the few places that bothers to deliver daily war news anymore.

In sum, listen to the experts. Those commanders on the ground, in the theater, or in the know, and who aren't running for anything...

Officer who rallied UK troops condemns 'cynical' Iraq war

British officer sounds off. “Colonel Tim Collins, the British commander whose stirring speech to his troops on the eve of the Iraq invasion was reportedly hung on a wall in the Oval Office by George Bush, has criticised the British and US governments over the war. The officer, who has now left the Army, condemned the lack of planning for the aftermath of the conflict and questioned the motives for attacking Iraq. He said abuses against Iraqi civilians were partly the result of ‘leaders of a country, leaders of an alliance' constantly referring to them as the ‘enemy ... rather than treating them as people.' This attitude was inevitably adopted by some soldiers on the ground, he said.”

Most senior US military officers now believe the war on Iraq has turned into a disaster on an unprecedented scale

No good options.

[A]ccording to the US military's leading strategists and prominent retired generals, Bush's war is already lost. Retired general William Odom, former head of the National Security Agency, told me: "Bush hasn't found the WMD. Al-Qaida, it's worse, he's lost on that front. That he's going to achieve a democracy there? That goal is lost, too. It's lost." He adds: "Right now, the course we're on, we're achieving Bin Laden's ends."

Retired general Joseph Hoare, the former marine commandant and head of US Central Command, told me: "The idea that this is going to go the way these guys planned is ludicrous. There are no good options. We're conducting a campaign as though it were being conducted in Iowa, no sense of the realities on the ground. It's so unrealistic for anyone who knows that part of the world. The priorities are just all wrong."

Jeffrey Record, professor of strategy at the Air War College, said: "I see no ray of light on the horizon at all. The worst case has become true. There's no analogy whatsoever between the situation in Iraq and the advantages we had after the second world war in Germany and Japan."

W Andrew Terrill, professor at the Army War College's strategic studies institute - and the top expert on Iraq there - said: "I don't think that you can kill the insurgency". According to Terrill, the anti-US insurgency, centred in the Sunni triangle, and holding several cities and towns - including Fallujah - is expanding and becoming more capable as a consequence of US policy.

"We have a growing, maturing insurgency group," he told me. "We see larger and more coordinated military attacks. They are getting better and they can self-regenerate. The idea there are x number of insurgents, and that when they're all dead we can get out is wrong. The insurgency has shown an ability to regenerate itself because there are people willing to fill the ranks of those who are killed. The political culture is more hostile to the US presence. The longer we stay, the more they are confirmed in that view."

As Josh Marshall said yesterday, "Bush on Iraq: Who you gonna believe? Me, or your lyin' eyes?"

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By Brad Friedman on 9/19/2004 12:21pm PT  

While it may have been another quiet week in Lake Wobegon, it was anything but quiet in Iraq. According to "Iraq Coalition Casualty Count" --- a website that posts publically released Pentagon data on Iraq casualties, but is blocked by the Pentagon in Iraq so that troops there cannot have access to it --- there have been 1,032 US Troops killed so far.

And here's what you probably haven't heard all that much about over the last two days there. Once again from "Today in Iraq" (another site blocked from troops in Iraq by the Pentagon):

War News for September 17 and 18, 2004
Bring ‘em on: One US Marine killed in fighting in al-Anbar province.
Bring ‘em on: Thirteen Iraqis killed, 50 wounded by car bomb in Baghdad.
Bring ‘em on: Twenty-three Iraqis killed by car bomb at Iraqi army headquarters in Kirkuk.
Bring ‘em on: Three Iraqis killed, three wounded in US air strike in Fallujah.
Bring ‘em on: Iraqi working for British troops in Basra assassinated.
Bring ‘em on: Kidnapped governor of al-Anbar province executed by insurgents.
Bring ‘em on: Nine Iraqis killed by mortar fire in Baquba.
Bring ‘em on: Iraqi oil official survives assassination attempt near Mosul; four bodyguards killed.
Bring ‘em on: Two American, one British contractor kidnapped by insurgents in Baghdad.
Bring ‘em on: Insurgents execute three Iraqi truck drivers transporting US supplies.
Bring ‘em on: British troops raid al-Sadr's offices in Basra.
Bring ‘em on: One Iraqi killed, two wounded by roadside bomb in Baghdad.
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By Brad Friedman on 9/18/2004 1:23pm PT  

Unless I'm mistaken, I recall two distinct visits by Bush to Florida (swing state) in the aftermath of Hurricanes Charley and Frances. The "President" cared so much, he was photographed handing out bags of ice and cases of water with his brother Governor Jeb to Florida's bereaved voters victims.

Then came Hurricane Ivan, as powerful as Charley, as big as Frances, which hit Alabama (solid red state) and killed some 42 people.

George W. Bush will be spending some down time this weekend at his family's compound in Kennebunkport, ME. No scheduled compassionate fake conservatism visits to Alabama to survey the damage and help the victims there currently on the "Presidents" calendar.

Bush/Cheney '04: Cynicism in Motion

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West Virginia voters put on notice!
Apparently, just another page from the RNC's 'Anything to Win' file...
By Brad Friedman on 9/18/2004 12:52pm PT  

Would Republicans actually do this?

Campaign mail with a return address of the Republican National Committee warns West Virginia voters that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if liberals win in November.

The literature shows a Bible with the word "BANNED" across it and a photo of a man, on his knees, placing a ring on the hand of another man with the word "ALLOWED." The mailing tells West Virginians to "vote Republican to protect our families" and defeat the "liberal agenda."

Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie said Friday that he wasn't aware of the mailing, but said it could be the work of the RNC. "It wouldn't surprise me if we were mailing voters on the issue of same-sex marriage," Gillespie said.

So does that sound like the Republicans? The same group who called South Carolina voters during the 2000 primary to ask what they thought of John McCain fathering a black out-of-wedlock baby? Oh, yes. It sounds a lot like them. Gillespie's inability to deny it, of course, seals the deal. Your Republican Party: Anything to Win.

(If anyone finds a scanned graphic of that mail, please let me know!)

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Bush Sr. Corresponded with Air National Guard General!
By Brad Friedman on 9/17/2004 9:40pm PT  

Guess what? More documents on Bush's Guard Service released by the Pentagon just now! This despite previously claims by the White House (several times) that they've released everything on the matter.

Also note this release comes late Friday (when they release info they wish to bury from the mainstream media) and a few days after White House Spokesman, Scott McClellan had hinted that more could be coming. I guess he already knew.


The Pentagon Friday released more documents on President Bush's Vietnam-era Air National Guard Service, including a letter from his then-congressman father George Bush thanking a general for “taking interest in a brand new Air Force trainee.”

...

“That a major general in the Air Force would take interest in a brand new Air Force trainee made a big impression on me,” then Texas Rep. George Bush wrote to Maj. Gen. G.B. Greene Jr., commander of the Lackland Air Force Base Military Training Center, on Sept. 11, 1968.

...

I was surprised and very, very pleased to receive your letter of August 27th,” Bush's father said in the letter, which was written on congressional stationery. The file does not contain Greene's letter to Bush's father, but shows the letter his father wrote back.

...

“General Greene, this is a personal letter but I did want to write to you from the heart and thank you for what you, Sgt. (Henry) Onacki and the others are doing, and obviously doing well,” Bush concluded.

Developing...

UPDATE: .PDF of letter from George HW Bush here. .PDF of Press Release about young Bush and the fact that he is son of U.S. Congressman here. (Most ironic line from the release: “George Bush is one member of the younger generation who doesn't get his kicks from pot or hashish or speed. Oh, he gets high, all right, but not from narcotics.”)

(Thanks to BRAD BLOG tipster Jaime!)

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By Brad Friedman on 9/17/2004 4:22pm PT  

In a victory for Republicans hoping to win by getting Ralph Nader on as many ballots as possible, in lieu of confidence that their man is good enough to win on his own, the Florida Supreme Court has just ruled that Nader can be added to the ballot because the Florida Legislature's law was not clear enough to determine the matter one way or another. So they decided to rule in favor of inclusion on the ballot.

That's nice. But wouldn't that seem to go against the Republican's argument from 2000 that the Florida Supremes were all Democratic activist judges, and that a lack of clarity in the law concerning ballot counting meant that the law should be ignored in favor of not counting every ballot?

Apparently judiciaries are only biased "activists" when they rule against what Republicans want.

Hypocrisy in the Republican party?! Say it ain't so!

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