28 June 2004

True fact of the day

KTAR David Leibowitz has bandied about on how Michael Moore can be loose with the truth (even though Fahrenheit 9/11 fact checking has been verified) so I thought I'd do some fact checking on one of Mr. Leibowitz's past screeds. From a column in the Arizona Republic in April, 2003:
Officially, you began holding your breath Wednesday at 10 minutes before 8 in the morning. This was the moment the statue of Saddam Hussein toppled from its concrete pedestal in Firdos Square in Baghdad. You could feel the statue's thud 7,500 miles away in Phoenix. At that moment, you breathed deeply and paused.

The question riding on that last sip of air: Did "they" feel that thud too?

"They" meaning the doomsayers and America haters who have so viciously opposed this war. If so, if they felt it and if they saw those jubilant Iraqis, sky-high and thrilled at their first sips of freedom, well then, when will the anti-war crowd apologize? Or, at the very least, acknowledge the glaring naiveté of their opposition.

Boastful and gleeful, the host chastised anti-war voices, yet Mr Leibowitz was the one playing loose and free with the factual record.

Yes, it's a year later and this is old news, but his article is falling off the Google cache and seemed relevant with Leibowitz's attacks on Moore's credibility, given his penchant for serving as unabashed cheerleader for war and his trumpeting of the "good news" in Iraq, despite the words of those living there.

21 June 2004

Party of Inclusion

Democrats opening up convention coverage to web bloggers.
Democrats say they'll offer media credentials to a handful of bloggers. The Republicans say they've yet to decide what to do about them — credentialing deadlines passed with no announcement on whether bloggers could even apply.

GOP spokesman Leonardo Alcivar said details are still being worked out, but some analysts believe the party is wary of bloggers, who tend to be less predictable than mainstream journalists.

More evidence of the myth of liberal media bias — Republicans are quite happy with the conventional media and are leery of open reporting.