Debate Wrapup

Overall, a much more interesting discussion than I had expected. I think it is fair to say that this discussion earned the title “debate”, to my surprise. I’ll give Lehrer credit for running a tight (but not too tight) ship — while standing by my (and Hewitt’s) dismay at the Kerry-slanted nature of the questions. […]

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TTLB Debate Coverage

Hey! My server appears to be behaving, at least for the moment. So that means debate coverage! No promise of continual drunk liveblogging (only just started the beer), but I’ll toss a comment here and there if the urge strikes. 1) And there’s the first violation of debate rules by CNN — showing a split […]

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Memo to Steven Levy: Bugger Off

Perhaps Mr. Levy might recall that while “Taking the low road is a well-trodden path to big readership,” so is twisting source’s quotes so they fit your predetermined-and-yet-oh- so-charmingly-contrarian-storyline. Glenn says “I’ve always thought well of Levy, and I’m sure that he didn’t intend to misrepresent my meaning,” but I think he’s being too charitable […]

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TTLB Server Status

Folks: You may have noticed that we are having some intermittent server problems around these parts: every now and then, the site will become completely inaccessible for a short period of time. The good news is that the folks at Hosting Matters are on the case. While we still aren’t sure exactly what the issue […]

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Cahill: Send the French!

Just caught Kerry campaign manager (one of ’em, anyway) Mary Beth Cahill speaking to NPR’s Steve Inskeep on the way in to the day-job this morning. Inskeep asked a good question: Inskeep: “One of the things that Senator Kerry has said repeatedly is that he would speed up the training of Iraqi forces, that’s one […]

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Northern Alliance Radio: A request

I’m a bit of an Internet-radio addict; my usual habit is to turn on a show while doing just about anything around home. Left, Right and Center is a particular favorite, as are Don Imus’ interviews, and Fresh Air, when the guest is of interest. So it should come as no surprise that, having now […]

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NYT Magazine Discovers Bloggers

Glad they could join us. Disappointed that I only had to read Page 1 of 10 before hitting a factual error: “Then in 1999, Mickey Kaus, a veteran magazine journalist and author of a weighty book on welfare reform, began a political blog on Slate. On kausfiles, as he called it, he wrote differently.” Wrong. […]

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Like AWACS for Memes!

Time Magazine, pg. 30 of the September 27th dead tree edition: Bush staff members rely on technorati.com and truthlaidbear.com, which track political blogs and websites to see what items in local papers, on websites and in blogs are getting the most hits. “If a story moves up through the rankings and linking, we can know,” […]

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Burkett To Sue CBS

Drudge has the news we’ve been expecting: Burkett will sue CBS: CBS DOC SOURCE SET TO SUE NETWORK FOR LIBEL Wed Sep 22 2004 00:05:20 ET Bill Burkett, the man identified yesterday by CBS as the source of the controversial documents used in its September 8

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Not Long Now

The NYT says The End Is Near: After days of expressing confidence about the documents used in a “60 Minutes” report that raised new questions about President Bush’s National Guard service, CBS News officials have grave doubts about the authenticity of the material, network officials said last night. Those officials, who asked not to be […]

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Ecosystem Maintenance

I’m doing some maintenance to the Ecosytem. Everybody chill. Update: Maintenance is complete. Everything should be back to normal, and a little bit shinier now.

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Warbloggers vs. Space Nazis!

Here’s a blogging first, at least in my experience: use of a “blogger” as a main character in a science fiction novel: “Ah! Hmm.” A thoughtful look creased the short guy’s face. “You a journalist, then?” “No, I’m a warblogger,” Frank admitted, unsure whether to be irritated or flattered… …”You’re a fucking anarchist, and your […]

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NZB on Northern Alliance Radio

I just called in and surprised Captain Ed, John Hindraker, Scott Johnson, and Mitch Berg on Northern Alliance Radio. I started with a question on PowerLine’s latest news that Big Dan is heading to Dallas, and they not surprisingly had a few questions for me on the Ecosystem. My first radio appearance, as it turns […]

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Blogger Jammies: Soon!

No, I haven’t forgotten about creating actual blogger jammies. With my major work deadline successfully survived on Tuesday, I’ve gotten some sleep and am now more or less caught up with laundry, watering plants, and similar life functions. And I’ll be devoting some attention to the Pajama Project this weekend. Suggestions on possible vendors who […]

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MoveOn’s Quagmire: What could have been

The problem with MoveOn.org‘s latest ad, ‘Quagmire’, is not what is shown. The problem is what isn’t shown. The ad ends with a powerful final image of an American soldier trapped in quicksand, his hands held over his head in a position of surrender. But that shouldn’t have been the final image. The final image […]

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What, no cake?

Quick, call Shrum: Somebody let Teresa out! NEW YORK – Teresa Heinz Kerry, encouraging volunteers as they busily packed supplies Wednesday for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean, said she was concerned the effort was too focused on sending clothes instead of essentials like water and electric generators. “Clothing is wonderful, but let them go […]

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CBS Asking for Defamation Lawsuit?

Conventional wisdom over the past week has been that the actual target of the CBS story — President Bush — could certainly try to sue CBS for slander, but that he obviously won’t due to the political implications of such a move. But observe this passage from from the full CBS statement: “Two of the […]

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Deja Vu

“We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate or we would not have put them on television. There was a great deal of coroborating [sic] evidence from people in a position to know. Having said that, given all the questions about them, we believe we should redouble our efforts to answer those questions, […]

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