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Politics and Media Headlines 11/28/08

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White House sends out Christmas-themed Hanukkah invitations. (Think Progress)
President and First Lady Bush recently sent Jewish community leaders invitations to a Hanukkah reception at the White House next month. But as the New York Post reports, the invitations “raised more than a few eyebrows” because the image on them was that of a “Clydesdale horse hauling a Christmas fir along the snow-dappled drive to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave”:

Joe Klein's extreme revisionism (by Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory, Salon)
Joe Klein, this week's Time Magazine, on George Bush's legacy: “…I've been searching for valedictory encomiums… [like] the bracing moment of Bush with the bullhorn in the ruins of the World Trade Center, but that was neutered in my memory by his ridiculous, preening appearance in a flight suit on the deck of the aircraft carrier beneath the ‘Mission Accomplished’ sign…” Joe Klein, Face the Nation, May 4, 2003, with Bob Schieffer -- 3 days after Bush's Mission Accomplished speech: “…[T]hat was probably the coolest presidential image since Bill Pullman played the jet fighter pilot in the movie Independence Day.”… As bad as this absence of remorse is, it is simply intolerable to watch those who cheered on many of the worst excesses try now to pretend that they were skeptical, adversarial critics all along. Journalists with influential platforms have responsibilities, the primary one of which is to be accountable for what they say and do.

Commentary: Presidential campaign was awash in paradox (by J. Peder Zane, Raleigh News & Observer)
The 2008 presidential campaign offered a study in contrasts.
It revolutionized the political process by harnessing the power of the Internet to forge new relationships between the candidates and voters.
It was also a deeply traditional campaign decided by economic fears and get-out-the-vote efforts.
It was fueled by the raw power of bottom-up, grass-roots efforts.
It was also one of the most tightly scripted, top-down contests in recent history.
It provided voters with more information than ever before.
It also generated so much misinformation that it was harder than ever to separate fact from fiction.
Those were some of the paradoxical observations that four political reporters shared at a Duke University panel on media coverage of the 2008 election.

Obama: Change 'comes from me,' not his appointees (McClatchy)
WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama essentially said Wednesday that he is the change, striving to assure Americans that he'll shake up Washington despite filling his administration with old hands from the Clinton administration and the capital's corridors of power.
I guess he’s the Decider.—Caro

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