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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 06/2008

HuffPost News Hunt: Keeping the Media Honest When It Comes to Covering McCain

| Posted 06.02.2008 | Media

The same journalists rendered "too deferential" by George Bush's soaring post-9/11 approval ratings now seem intent on providing cover for McCain. To try to keep that from happening, HuffPost is launching the John McCain News Hunt, an investigative project designed to take a clear-eyed look at the media's coverage of McCain.

Announcing HuffPost Green: Our New Eco-News and Opinion Section

| Posted 06.04.2008 | Green

Our new HuffPost Green section features up-to-the-minute news stories, blog posts, video, and community forums. But don't expect too much finger-wagging. We're not interested in being greener-than-thou -- just greener today than yesterday. Read More Arianna on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Doing Leno: Behind the Scenes Footage Arianna on Larry King Discussing, Obama, Hillary, and What Comes Next

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.07.2008 | Politics

It was quite a week. Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee -- rousingly endorsed by Hillary Clinton. Oil hit an all-time high; Bush's approval rating hit an all-time personal low. McCain hammered Obama for being willing to meet with our enemies on the same day a new poll showed 67 percent of the public agrees with Obama. A Senate report re-re-re-confirmed that the Bush administration led us into war under false pretenses. Tom DeLay proved he hasn't lost a step -- or gained an IQ point -- calling Obama "a Marxist." Bill Clinton erupted. Again. My good buddy Al Franken moved another step closer to the U.S. Senate. And the Hummer hit a dead-end. GM killed the electric car; soaring gas prices killed the Hummer. Karma all around.

The Webby Awards Are Only Giving Us 5 Words...Help!

| Posted 06.09.2008 | Media

Tuesday night in New York, the Huffington Post will receive two Webby Awards -- the winners only get five words for their acceptance speeches. Now I'd love to get your input...

The Big Story You May Have Missed During the Obama v. Clinton Finale

| Posted 06.09.2008 | Politics

The Senate Intelligence Committee's 200-page "Phase II" report on how the White House used -- and abused -- pre-war intelligence in the run-up to the war in Iraq is a stinging rebuke.

Five Word Speech Submissions: Boy, Are You Guys Good!

| Posted 06.11.2008 | Media

On Monday, I asked for suggestions for the 5 word acceptance speech I would give at the Webby Awards. And you came through with an embarrassment of pithy riches -- offering up over 1,000 suggestions. Color me impressed.

War, Inc: Cusack's Savage Satire Strikes a Chord with Soldiers and Their Families

| Posted 06.12.2008 | Entertainment

John Cusack's righteous rage over the billions being pocketed in Iraq by companies like Blackwater, and Halliburton, is the beating heart of his brilliant War Inc. The film pulls off the near-impossible: it finds a savage, reality-altering humor amidst the tragedy of Iraq.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.14.2008 | Politics

This week, Bush's imperial presidency took another hit from the Supreme Court that initially put him in place. Score one for habeas corpus. John McCain once again showed there is very little space between himself and Bush on the "transcendent issues," declaring the Gitmo ruling "one of the worst in this country's history." McCain also claimed it was "not too important" when our troops come home from Iraq. Elsewhere, Fox News topped (or is it bottomed?) its "terrorist fist jab" sleaze, calling Michelle "Obama's Baby Mama." Somewhere, David Duke is smiling. This week also saw the shocking death of Tim Russert. The disbelief and sadness aroused by his sudden and untimely passing have led to many Father's Day weekend conversations about the fragility of life and the need to count our blessings while we are here.

John McCain: The Second Coming of Bob Dole

| Posted 06.16.2008 | Politics

We once again have a Republican nominee who is a war hero, personable and engaging, with a long Senate career, who is so out of sync with the times that his campaign feels stillborn. It's Doleja vu all over again.

HuffPostcard from London: Bush, Brown, Nannygate, and The Youthful Government in Waiting

| Posted 06.18.2008 | Politics

I didn't plan my trip to London to overlap with President Bush's, but that's how it worked out. My reception has been decidedly less chilly than the one afforded Bush. Read More TIME Wants You to Ask Me a Question Time Magazine has asked me to take part in its 10 Questions feature. It would be fun to see how many of the questions Time picks are from HuffPosters. Read More John McCain: The Second Coming of Bob Dole If McCain continues to embrace the GOP message, he's going to meet the same fate as Bob Dole. On the bright side, I'm sure those Viagra commercials paid pretty well. Read More London Calling: the 24/7 Guardian, the BBC Empire, and Blogging with a British Accent

London Calling: the 24/7 Guardian, the BBC Empire, and Blogging with a British Accent

| Posted 06.19.2008 | Media
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The Beeb's HQ is a sprawling campus with coffee shops and food stands around every corner. Its World News alone reaches 230,000 million viewers and listeners around the globe. You get the sense here that the British Empire has relocated to the BBC.

TIME Wants You to Ask Me a Question

| Posted 06.20.2008 | Politics

Time Magazine has asked me to take part in its 10 Questions feature, where readers get to ask a question of someone in the news. It would be fun to see how many of the 10 questions Time picks are from HuffPosters.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.21.2008 | Huffington Post

This week, the dueling parties fell into odious and all-too-familiar patterns. As expected, the GOP, unable to run on its disastrous record, played the fear card. Leaping on Obama's defense of the rule of law (dear god, not that!), the Republicans pulled out their 2004 playbook and opened it to "Scare Tactics." Newt Gingrich said supporting habeas corpus could lead to the obliteration of a U.S. city. Rudy Giuliani (surprise) evoked 9/11 a bunch of times. John Bolton predicted an Obama presidency would lead to more terrorist attacks. And John McCain lapped it up. Buying into the 2004 mindset, House Democrats promptly removed their gonads and capitulated on telecom immunity and Iraq war funding. That, more than the fear-mongering of the right, is what sent a shiver down my spine.

McCain's Campaign Funding Hypocrisy: Why Are the Media Looking the Other Way?

| Posted 06.23.2008 | Politics

Amidst all the attacks on Obama's public funding "flip-flop," how much have you read in the old media about the fact that McCain has completely reversed himself on public financing -- and is currently breaking campaign finance law on a daily basis?

FearWatch '08: Keeping an Eye Out for GOP Fear-Mongering

| Posted 06.25.2008 | Politics

Things are always less scary when the lights are on, so throughout the campaign HuffPost will be conducting a FearWatch, keeping our eyes peeled for attempts to scare the public into voting their fears. And we need your help... Read More McCain's Campaign Funding Hypocrisy: Why Are the Media Looking the Other Way? Amidst all the attacks on Obama's public funding "flip-flop," how much have you read in the old media about the fact that McCain has completely reversed himself on public financing -- and is currently breaking campaign finance law on a daily basis? Read More Watch Arianna on: BBC News' Hardtalk, CNN's Election Center, and Anderson Cooper 360

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 06.28.2008 | Politics

Writing about conservatives backing Barack Obama (dubbed "Obamacons"), Bob Novak reported this week that Colin Powell will likely endorse Obama. Given Powell's popularity and national security cred (tarnished though they may be by his loathsome pre-war presentation at the UN), this would be a coup for Obama. But Novak documents something even more significant: the overpowering sense of revulsion with Bush and today's Republican Party felt by many conservatives. The money quote is delivered by a long-time GOP loyalist: "The Republican Party is a dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of Weekend With Bernie [sic], handcuffed to a corpse." I didn't think it could be done, but that tops Republican Rep. Tom Davis' classic "If we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf."

Memo to Obama: Moving to the Middle is for Losers

| Posted 06.30.2008 | Politics

By running to the middle in an attempt to attract undecided swing voters, the Obama campaign is making a very serious mistake. It didn't work for Al Gore in 2000. It didn't work for John Kerry in 2004. And it didn't work when Mark Penn convinced Hillary Clinton to do it in 2008. READ MORE Seven Things Barack Obama Should Do to Keep from Blowing It To counter the conventional wisdom pundits, the cautious campaign advisers, and his own inner cautiousness, I'm offering Obama seven suggestions for staying true to the vision that took him from longshot "unlikely candidate" to presidential frontrunner. READ MORE Watch Arianna Discussing Secretary Rice's "Proud" Comment on CNN's The Situation Room