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Entries by Marty Kaplan from 08/2007

Our Years of Magical Thinking

| Posted 08.08.2007 | Politics
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Today, magical thinking is the belief that a Democratic White House and a filibuster-proof Congress is all that stands between the country and meaningful political reform.

I See Dead People

| Posted 08.12.2007 | Media
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The television news business isn't about information; it's about attention. It isn't about telling us what we need to know in order to be good citizens; it's about attracting our eyeballs so they can be sold to advertisers.

The Truths Rove Told

| Posted 08.19.2007 | Politics
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It's hardly surprising that the mother of all talking points realizes he can keep getting away with the Big Lie as long as journalists remain too musk-awed to follow up.

Vietnam. Watergate. What's Next -- Disco?

| Posted 08.22.2007 | Politics
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There's no longer any doubt about the master narrative of the Bush Administration. Their purpose is to re-litigate the 1970s. Nixon's downfall, and all that followed, clearly stuck in Cheney's craw.

T4: The Postpartisanator

| Posted 08.26.2007 | Politics
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This is a story about the sham of "postpartisanship," the consequences of ideology and the underappreciated contributions of the mainstream media.

Bye Bye 'Berto

| Posted 08.27.2007 | Politics
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Yesterday, his name was "embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales." Tomorrow, he'll swap "embattled" for "former." Not "disgraced." Not "impeached." Not "indicted." Not even "controversial."

Senator Craig I Am

| Posted 08.29.2007 | Politics
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I am not gay when I tap your foot I am not gay keep your big mouth shut I am not gay in a bathroom stall I am not gay, not gay at all