Friday, July 14, 2006

Bush Would Let Secret Court Sift Wiretap Process
“This is the president and the Congress coming together to codify the capacity for future presidents to take actions to protect the country,” said Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman.


The president and the Congress came together in 1978 to sign FISA.

Bush's warrantless wiretap program flips the bird to FISA, to the law of the land.

This is not an issue to be compromised, an issue on which to seek the middle ground. This isn't about bullshit Broder-esque compromise. This is about whether or not the law was violated, and if so, what are the consequences.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Via Think Progress:

[Head of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel Steven] BRADBURY: The President is always right.

Get that man a Medal of Freedom.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

From this week's on-line discussion with Howard Kurtz:

... This episode, for the umpteenth time, raised serious questions about the credibility of commenters such as Michelle Malkin and Powerline. Do you agree that credibility is an issue with these commenters, and will that affect whether or not you will continue to highlight their work in your column?

Howard Kurtz: I will leave it to my readers to decide which bloggers have credibility and which do not.

Kinda raises some questions, don't it?

Like, what then is the value of a Media Notes column? If I want to see what's going on on the internets, I can just look at

But Kurtz is an experienced reporter. He has experience and judgement with which to evaluate the reporting, the opining, and the wanking. He sometimes comments on the excerpts he presents, sometimes he doesn't.

Here he is saying that he does not bring his judgement to bear on a writer's credibility. And that brings me back to, what is the value of his column?

Kurtz, whether he wants to admit or not, is lending his credibility to wankers like Malkin and PowerTools when he presents their material.

Pretty irresponsible, especially in light of this episode.