Charles McNeely was on KTVN with Bill Brown Sunday afternoon discussing the progress in downtown. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this city is lucky to have McNeely as our city manager, and I’m very happy about the renewed efforts by the redevelopment agency and the city council to build the canopy over 10 N. Virgina Plaza (is it me or does the new design look like a big white hammock?). Combined with the opening of yet another great downtown addition, the Imperial Bar & Lounge, I have become even more optimistic about Reno’s prospects to become a truly cosmopolitan city (well, cosmopolitan in the western sense anyway).
The idea of a candidate, party or even party wing running against a news outlet is hardly novel in the United States, which began its history with party-controlled newspapers, said Mark Feldstein, who left CNN to become an associate professor at George Washington University. In fact, the notion of a news media outlet being open to candidates from across the spectrum is the relative rarity in America.
With the action by the Nevada Democrats, however, the public may be witnessing the most direct sparring between a political party and a news outlet in recent years.
Eric Odom is demanding an apology from Republican legislator Dennis Nolan for saying “I don’t think any legislator is too worried about what cyberspace bloggers are doing” in an LVRJ article. I think its becoming obvious to most that blogs can have a significant impact in politics whether people are happy about that or not. Just ask George Allen and Tom Collins.
Believe it or not, I’ve been worried about is finding out just how much damage the current presidential administration has done to our nation, but even I was unprepared for the kind of facts that are coming out thanks to the newly discovered idea of congressional oversight. The fact that a number of Republican U.S. attorneys and their sponsoring senators are openly dissenting, is probably just a sliver of what we are going to discover over the next few years. Things we already know? The U.S. now condones torture, the illegal wiretapping of its own citizens. They thought little about lying to us about WMDs in Iraq and North Korea. They have abandoned thousands of Iraqi translators who worked for the military to almost certain death. I just can’t go on–its too depressing. But here’s the latest and its truly scary. The current administration have been using its power to influence the Department of Justice on a scale I would have thought was impossible. This goes beyond the purging of the U.S. Attorneys. A few excerpts from an ongoing report from Donald C. Shields and John F. Cragan titled “The Political Profiling of Elected Democratic Officials: When Rhetorical Vision Participation Runs Amok” (emphasis mine):
“…from 2001 through 2006 the Bush Justice Department investigated Democratic office holders and candidates at a rate more than four times greater (nearly 80% to 18%) than they
investigated Republican office holders and seekers. This was so even though, throughout the nation, Democrat elected officials outnumber Republican elected officials at the rate of only 50% to 41%.”
“From 2001 through 2006 the Bush Justice Department investigated elected Democratic office holders and office seekers locally (non-state-wide and non federal offices) at a rate more than seven times greater (nearly 85% to 12 %) than they investigated local Republican elected office holders and seekers. This was so even though, throughout the nation, Democrat elected officials outnumber Republican elected officials at the rate of only 50% to 41%.”
The breadth of their meddling into our system of law and order is simply terrifying.
FireDogLake gets the good press they deserve for their coverage of the Scooter Fibby trial from Jay Rosen of Press Think. Rosen is a real life professor of journalism at NYU so his conclusion, clear from the title of the post, “They’re Not in Your Club but They Are in Your League,” actually means something. Way to go bloggers.
And there is this extremely disturbing article on Salon about rape in the military. At times, the comments on the article are even more disturbing than the article itself. There are threads in which commenters are saying that rape is expected and tolerable–the old “she asked for it” trope reformed, and there is also a very disturbing thread in which some commenters argue that men are weak and can’t help themselves, which is not how I would want to be portrayed if I were a man. Two things we know; this is a problem unique to the American military, and its yet another way the Bush Administration has failed it troops