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You can't help those who won't help themselves

So once again PBS is fighting for its political life. Boo hoo.

For decades both National Public Radio, the NewsHour, Charlie Rose, Washington Week, and the rest of PBS public affairs programming has acted as meme laundries for right wing stink tanks.

They recycled every false charge against the Clintons, sneered at counting the votes in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, and have generally boosted the right at every opportunity. And now they are reaping the harvest. Read below the fold...

The Ronald Reagan We Remember, And Not So Fondly

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It would take an entire library to move the mountain of fake history spun around the life and career of Ronald Reagan by now. Sometimes only a cartoon can approach the truth.

Aaron McGruder, in this intro to a Boondocks episode of a couple years ago, comes as close to capturing a piece of the mean and nasty spirit of the Gipper as anybody ever will.

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pdrub gives Ezra Klein and Derek Thompson a clue

pdrub comments on Derek Thompson's guest post on Ezra's blog:

Terrible, just terrible. You and Ezra, despite what Jamie Galbraith tried to explain to him, still don't understand the sectoral balances that make domestic deficits imperative.

Government deficit (surplus)=private sector surplus (deficit)
by definition!

Balanced budgets mean removal of financial assets from the private sector, which then needs to turn to indebtedness.

Really, start reading Randall Wray, Warren Mosler, Bill Mitchell and wrap your head around fiat currency regimes such as ours. We are not on a gold standard anymore!
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How to stop the freak show

Contrary to what Atrios suggests, there is a way to stop the freak show, or at least stop it from mattering.

Tell Capitol Hill to TURN OFF THE TV!. Every office on Capitol Hill has the cable harpies on, which is why they can warp our politics so easily. Moreover, no one else watches the cable harpies, let it be known that Capitol Hill had turned off the freak show and their advertising dollars would dry up. The ratings on these shows are not very good. Read below the fold...

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Crony journalism at the NewsHour

Check out this transcript from a show run on November 16th of this year:

JIM LEHRER: In the worst-case scenario, the panel says courts could block foreclosures. Banks would be left holding bad mortgage loans that cost them billions of dollars. That in turn would deepen disruption in the housing market.

But, in the best case, the Oversight Panel acknowledges, concerns about mortgage documents may prove to be overblown, a view embraced by the financial industry. This afternoon, executives from two major lenders, J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee.

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Arthur on Lies. Also, Paul Craig Roberts

On the heels (no pun) of the Girl Scout post, Arthur is starting up a series on fundamental lies. He starts off with Paul Craig Roberts' (former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury) analysis of the recent jobs data which he says show we have unemployment of 22.5% if using the same "less-gamed" criteria as 1980, so let's just go to that. Read below the fold...

Comment of the Day

In a Volatility blog thread entitled Kleptodicy and the NYT’s New Public Editor, Jake Chase opines that other commenters' expectations regarding this momentous appointment, low as they are, are unlikely to be met, and suggests a suitable response: Read below the fold...

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Live, From AP! It's - The Double Reverse Spin!

Oh my goodness. I'm getting dizzy from all the spinning, yet!

Obama overtures to business fall flat
WASHINGTON, Mon Aug 09, 08:36 PM
Labeled antibusiness by Republicans and some corporate chiefs, President Barack Obama mounted a campaign to show he wasn't. But his charm offensive has hit a rocky patch.

Business leaders gripe about burdensome new financial and health care regulations, what they see as unfriendly tax policies and vast government spending. They were put off by Obama's harsh depiction of "fat cat bankers" and "reckless practices," a label he applied both to Wall Street and to oil-spill giant BP.

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The Wages of Limitless Pragmatism

Jason Rosenbaum, who runs the Seminal Blog at FireDogLake gives us an object lesson in what passes for "pragmatism" in Washington today. It is a pragmatism without a sense of limits. And we have seen it from the President, his closest advisers, and the "official" progressives resident in Washington and New York "think tanks" and institutes, in the media and in the "access blogosphere." He says: Read below the fold...

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Journolist

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David Dayen defends the list here:

Read some of the avatars of liberal opinion, particularly those online writers in the DC corridor, and the same names always crop up. Everybody links to each other’s posts.

And that of course is the problem. Group think, little Versailles, the Petite Trianon if you will.

Ezra Klein explains starting and folding the list: Read below the fold...

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Why is Henrico County pimping Michael Isikoff?

Why is the Henrico County Economic Development Commission hosting a book event for Michael Isikoff in Fairfax County? (a two hour drive from Henrico County even in good traffic)

Henrico County Virginia presents Newsweek's and MSNBC's Mike Isikoff

Hear him answer the question on the mind of every business person:
“Obama’s Record and the Election
Outlook for 2010: How Vulnerable
Are the Democrats?”
Join Michael Isikoff for an exclusive free-of-charge breakfast/conversation.

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Getting through to PBS and Frontline

Michael Getler, PBS's Ombudsman writes a follow op column on the Frontline Follies, check out the letters he reproduces: Read below the fold...

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We have been heard, Michael Getler of PBS responds

Our calls and emails have been heard, Michael Getler responds to our criticism of Frontline:

At least some of that ambivalence was in evidence this week when our office was deluged with almost a thousand critical e-mails from people who said they were upset and angry that an hour-long look back at how the White House ultimately hammered out a historic agreement on health care, aptly titled "Obama's Deal," failed to deal with the single-payer system advocated by many of those who were not part of the deal.

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Contact PBS ombudsman Michael Getler at 703-739-5290 and demand that Front Line correct its coverage of the Baucus 8

Margaret Flowers: PBS Shies from Single-Payer Debate

“Obama’s Deal” endeavored to reveal the significant influence of health industry dollars on our political process; however, as in Frontline’s “Sick Around America,” the producers did a disservice by the failure to educate the public about the bigger picture of the health care situation in this nation and the range of possible solutions.

Curiously, just as it was in the health “debate,” single-payer, improved “Medicare for All,” was excluded from the film.

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