Jan
20
2011

Terrorism and Spokane

Someone wanted to set off a bomb at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Washington. Luckily the suspicious bag holding the bomb was spotted,which likelysaved lives. As the Washington Post reported today: "The device appeared to be operational, it appeared to be deadly, and it was intended to inflict multiple casualties," said Special Agent Frederick Gutt, a spokesman for the FBI's Seattle field office. Law enforcement sources familiar with the device, which is being analyzed at the FBI lab in Quantico, Va., said it had a remote detonator and was positioned so that any blast would have […]

Jan
20
2011

Glenn Beck's Dangerous Obsession With Frances Fox Piven

In addition to his repeated murder fantasies, Glenn Beck harbors apocalyptic fantasies of mass death–suggesting, for instance, that if the direction of the country doesn't change, "God will wash this nation with blood." (Barack Obama, are you listening?) But the Fox News host harbors many deranged obsessions. He has long obsessed over Frances Fox Piven, the 78-year-old distinguished professor at the City University of New York. Central to Beck's lies about Piven is the charge that a Nation article she co-wrote with Richard Cloward in 1966 somehow holds the blueprint for a violent leftist takeover of the United States. Beck's […]

Jan
20
2011

No Room in NYT for Single-Payer Doctors, but Right-Wing Cranks Are OK

When I saw the headline (1/19/11), "Vocal Physicians Group Renews Health Law Fight," I thought maybe–just maybe–the New York Times might be talking about Physicians for a National Health Program, the group comprised of "18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance." But no. The Times story is about the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons,a3,000-member organization that is on the far right of the healthcare debate, and is garnering coverage now because they support repeal of the new healthcare law. How far? These excerpts from the Times piece should give you some idea: Founded […]

Jan
20
2011

Don't Joke About Sarah Palin: How to (Maybe?) Get Booted From Fox News

From comedian Joan Rivers' Twitter feed (read from the bottom up if you can): Fox says, for the record, that Rivers wasn't canceled due to the joke; the show was overbooked, and she'llbe rescheduled. As someone who has been booked–andthen canceled–by Fox a couple of times, I'm skeptical of Fox's story here.

Jan
20
2011

Charlie Rose Talks China with Kissinger

With Chinese leader Hu Jintao in Washington, you got some of what you might expect inright wing media outlets–Rush Limbaugh doing a fake Chinese accent, and Bill O'Reilly opening his Fox show last night with crack about a Chinese dinner that wasn't take out. Meanwhile, on public television's Charlie Rose Show, the hour was spent with… Henry Kissinger. I had to go back to the Extra! archives to remember the Kissinger/China connection, which includes most notably his defense of the Chinese crackdown on Tienanmen Square. From Extra!, 10-11/89: In recent months, Kissinger has used his high media profile in a […]