Tuesday, October 19, 2004

fanmail from some flouders

let's open the ol' skippy mailbag:

who's lying, deciding that since reality doesn't matter, has an interview with awol.

dave johnson at seeing the forest muses on how (ny) times have changed.

a wringing endorsement

the talent show points out that american conservative magazine doesn't endorse awol, and in fact, only 2 of the 7 editors can bring themselves to endorse anyone...the constitution party’s michael peroutka.

maybe awol should change his catch phrase to "compassionate neo-con."

sinclair out your desk, you're fired!

reader and contributor rose sends us this washpost piece that tells us sinclair broadcasting fired its washington bureau chief for speaking out against their plans to force it's affiliates to air the anti-kerry film "stolen honor":

jon leiberman, who also was the lead political reporter for the 62-station television chain, told cnn last night that he was terminated for his criticism, which was quoted in yesterday's baltimore sun. he spoke out, he said, because "i feel so strongly that our credibility is at issue here. . . . i feel our company is trying to sway this election”…

sinclair vice president mark hyman said in a statement: "everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, including jon leiberman. we are disappointed that jon's political views caused him to speak to the press about company business." the statement called him a "disgruntled employee."

leiberman, 29, called that characterization "completely unfair," telling cnn's paula zahn that sinclair had promoted him twice and treated him well until he criticized plans to have the news division handle the upcoming hour-long special at a meeting sunday.

he told the sun's david folkenflik that the program -- which is to include the anti-kerry film "stolen honor: wounds that never heal" -- is "biased political propaganda, with clear intentions to sway this election. for me, it's not about right or left -- it's about what's right or wrong in news coverage this close to an election."

the movie, which a kerry spokesman has called "a 42-minute attack ad" in demanding equal time for the democratic campaign, features 17 former prisoners of war accusing kerry of betraying his country -- and in some cases extending their captivity -- by testifying in 1971 about u.s. atrocities in vietnam. "those were point-blank lies," one ex-pow, tom mcnish, says in the film.

leiberman called it a "slanted documentary" and said there was no way for sinclair, which owns the nation's largest collection of network affiliates, to verify the allegations. "call it commentary, call it an editorial . . . but don't call it news," leiberman said. he added: "viewers aren't going to trust us if we call it news. . . . i couldn't be part of this special and call it news when what it is is political propaganda."

leiberman acknowledged that he was violating sinclair policy by giving an unauthorized interview and revealing part of what happened at a company meeting, but said he felt he had no choice but to speak out. "i knew i had nothing to gain by doing it and everything to lose," he said. "i need to be able to sleep at night."
so do we, jon. good move!

addendum: joe gandelman at the moderate voice gives his views on this firing.

freep yahoo

while technically not a "freep," we'd direct your attention to this yahoo news article outlining jon stewart's smackdown of the crossfire kids last week.

we'd ask that you'd go to the bottom of the article and give it a '5' rating, so that it appears in the "top stories" segment on the yahoo news front page.....

tainted glove

[ed. note: referencing a motorcycle clothing accessory for that pun is a bit of a stretch, don't you think?]

appropos of nothing except that we loved their hit and their band name, we bring you the news that marc almand, half of the 80's group soft cell, was injured in a motorcycle crash. reuters:

british singer marc almond, who had a worldwide hit in 1981 with "tainted love" as part of duo soft cell, was recovering in hospital monday after a motorcycle crash, police said.

the 47-year-old, english-born singer was the passenger on a bike that collided with a car near st. paul's cathedral in central london sunday. the driver of the motorcycle was also hospitalized.

"there was a serious collision between a car and a motorcycle in london sunday afternoon and the motorcycle passenger, marc almond, suffered severe injuries," a city of london police spokesman said.
we wish mr. almand only the best, as he is apparently in serious condition. the duo's rendition of the old gloria jones r&b standard, especially the long-form version where it sequed into the supremes' "where did the love go?", was one of the most interesting things to come out of the 80's.

like a xerox of a xerox, there's nothing like a cover of a cover. search for "tainted" on this page to see how many bands covered soft cell's cover.

and finally, though we don't wish to make light of mr. almand's condition, we have to point out the final line in the reuters piece:

soft cell split in 1984 but reunited for a show in 2001.
would that be reverse mitosis?

freep yahoo

while technically not a "freep," we'd direct your attention to this yahoo news article outlining jon stewart's smackdown of the crossfire kids last week.

we'd ask that you'd go to the bottom of the article and give it a '5' rating, so that it appears in the "top stories" segment on the yahoo news front page.