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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 04/2008

Want a Taste of the McCain Presidency? You've Already Had One

| Posted 04.02.2008 | Politics

McCain may not have a clue about what's going on in Iraq, but he's certainly seen those right track/wrong track polling numbers. That's why he's suddenly running as fast as he can from the Bush presidency.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.05.2008 | Politics

This week saw the public unveiling of Bill Clinton 3.0 -- twice the finger-pointing rage with half the unload time. But the killer app of this version is the ability to instantly reboot and advise everyone else to "chill out." Politician, heal thyself! John McCain meanwhile touted his relative "self-restraint and mellowness" while desperately trying to distance himself from "the Bush presidency," which would be like Hillary trying to distance herself from "the Clinton presidency." Given the many encomiums both Clintons have offered McCain, if Obama prevails in the Democratic race, maybe McCain can offer Bill his VP slot. It would be Temper Ticket '08. Or a prolonged audition for Grumpy Old Men 3. Elsewhere, Deb Stabinow's husband demonstrated how different the sex-for-hire price list in Michigan is from New York.

Petraeus' Call for a Pause is Really Just "Stay the Course 2.0"

| Posted 04.07.2008 | Politics

Since "stay the course" was 12 slogans ago, the Bush administration had to come up with a new one.

The Clinton-Colombia Connection: It Goes Back a Long Way

| Posted 04.09.2008 | Politics

A week ago, if you'd asked most people to say the first thing that popped into their heads when they heard the word "Colombia," you might have gotten: "coffee," "cocaine," or maybe even "kidnappings." Today that list would probably be led by "Clinton."

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.12.2008 | Politics
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This week, being sent to the Principal's office took on a whole new meaning when we learned that the National Security Council's Principals Committee - which included Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Don Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, George Tenet, and John Ashcroft - discussed and approved very specific details of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA could use against al Qaeda suspects, down to the number of times they could be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or waterboarded. Talk about hands-on management! The money quote on this sordid episode was delivered by Ashcroft who, after one meeting, said: "Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly." And with that, Bush's Principals took a hatchet to America's principles.

John McCain Should Go on Vacation, Hillary Clinton is Doing His Job for Him

| Posted 04.14.2008 | Politics

By attacking Obama in a way that confirms every right-wing demagogic caricature of her own Party, Hillary has adopted the frames, lies, stereotypes and destructive clichés long embraced by the likes of Karl Rove.

A Pollster Takes Me to the Cyber-Woodshed on Colombia and the Drug War: I Respond

| Posted 04.16.2008 | Politics

Writing in The Hill, pollster Mark Mellman took me to the cyber-woodshed yesterday. Mellman claims that Lockheed hired him to produce "a serious study on the underexplored subject of drug policy." Very noble of Lockheed.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.19.2008 | Politics

In my new book, Right Is Wrong, I show how the lunatic fringe of the right has hijacked the media (along with our democracy) -- not via Fox News and the blowhards of talk radio, but through the complicity of high-profile enablers in the mainstream media. This week's disgraceful debate on ABC was further evidence. The slime parade was straight out of the Rovian playbook. For much of the night, I wasn't sure if I was watching Gibson and Stephanopoulos or O'Reilly and Hannity. In fact, Stephanopoulos' ludicrous question about 60s radical Bill Ayers had been suggested to him by Hannity the day before the debate on Hannity's radio show. After Hannity made his Ayers pitch, Stephanopoulos revealed the hijacking in process, saying: "I'm taking notes right now." And indeed he was.

The Latest Proof that the Karl Rove Playbook Has Become the MSM's Bible

| Posted 04.21.2008 | Media

The mainstream media seems intent on confirming that it has so internalized the Right's framing and messages they have now become part of its DNA. The first of the latest round of exhibits proving this was offered into evidence during last week's ABC debate. This was followed by the New York Times' epic revelation of the unseemly complicity between the Pentagon and the media in delivering the Bush administration's talking points on Iraq via "a kind of Trojan media horse" -- Pentagon-approved, prepped, and financially-enriched "military analysts" dutifully parroting the Bush party line, with nary a raised eyebrow from the TV stations and newspapers offering these highly-decorated sock puppets their prestigious platforms. And it's not just the media. Witness Hillary Clinton repeating the Rove-promoted lie that MoveOn was against intervention in Afghanistan after 9/11.

The Toxic Thinking of the Right Infects the Body Politic

| Posted 04.22.2008 | Politics

The Neanderthal wing of the GOP has dragged the political debate so far to the right that even Democrats find themselves getting cozy with ideas that not so long ago would have been the exclusive domain of arch-conservatives.

The Self-Loathing Liberal Media

| Posted 04.24.2008 | Media

Coming in the wake of Newsweek's hiring of Karl Rove, and the Times' hiring of Bill Kristol, the mainstream media's embrace of these unabashed propagandists has revealed a self-loathing streak a mile wide.

Howard Kurtz's Take on Self-Loathing Liberal Media: Naïve, Disingenuous, or Willfully Ignorant?

| Posted 04.25.2008 | Media

In his column today, Howard Kurtz takes me on over my post on the self-loathing liberal media -- and completely misses the point. "Is Arianna saying the media shouldn't employ conservatives at all?" he asks. Of course that's not what I'm saying, Howie. MSM outlets should absolutely include conservative voices in the mix. Just not those whose careers have been built on intentionally deceiving the American people. READ MORE The Self-Loathing Liberal Media Newsweek hires Karl Rove. The New York Times hires Bill Kristol. CNN hires Tony Snow. By embracing these unabashed propagandists, the mainstream media have revealed a self-loathing streak a mile wide. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 04.26.2008 | Politics

This week featured the through-the-looking glass moment when Bill Clinton accused Barack Obama of having "played the race card on me," then denied saying it just a few hours later -- even though he'd said it on the radio. I know Toni Morrison called Clinton the first black president, but that's taking things too far. Joining the outrageous parade, John McCain said it's "very clear" that Hamas wants Obama to be president, and that he would be open to "tearing down" New Orleans' Katrina-devastated Lower 9th Ward. Not to be left out, Hillary Clinton vowed to "totally obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel, and repeatedly claimed to have "received more votes" than "anyone else" -- which is absolutely true... if you "totally obliterate" her pledge to disavow Michigan and Florida.

Probing a Political Paradox: Why the Discredited Right Still Sets the Agenda and Dominates the Debate

| Posted 04.28.2008 | Politics

What used to be considered "left wing" positions have now become part of the mainstream, and the views of the Right are now at odds with the majority of the American public -- and with reality.

Shameful Days: Why Won't The Media Pursue the Pentagon Propaganda Scandal?

| Posted 04.30.2008 | Media

The near-complete blackout on the Pentagon propaganda story, self-imposed by the culpable news organizations, is a despicable abdication of their role as a constitutionally protected check on our government. Read More Probing a Political Paradox: Why the Discredited Right Still Sets the Agenda and Dominates the Debate How is it that the 28 percent of the population that continues to support George W. Bush no matter how many bodies pile up in Iraq, how many jobs disappear overseas, or how high gas prices get, continues to dominate our politics? Read More Watch Arianna On: Good Morning America, 20/20, Charlie Rose, Real Time, The Situation Room, AC 360, CNN's Election Center, and MobLogic TV