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Early a.m. radio blog from the doughnut shop.  You have to hand it to NPR and the BBC.  Biased they may be, but they are also superb reporting organizations.

It took ABC Radio's Martha Raddatz only two sentences to report the vote on the Iraqi constitution.  In the first, Raddatz allowed as how the referendum probably passed.  In the second, Raddatz said (my memory),

"It cannot be denied, however, that thousands and thousands of Sunnis will be living under an Iraqi government they did not want."

Yes, Martha, in elections, that's the way it works.  One side wins and one side loses. 

Hurricane Katrina gave New Orleans a head fake on Monday, then slammed a right hook into Mississippi instead.  But just as the Garden City thought it had gotten through the worst, the storm-created floods began -- 24 hours later.  That day-long gap accounts for most of the bitter griping about inadequate preparation and aid.  And the floods hurt worse than the storm, far worse.

Columnist Matt Towery, writing today on, lays out a compelling – and, once you see the time line, plainly true – case that Big Media, stuck in its Eastern coastal elite attitudes, failed to provide anything like proper coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Today’s Boston Globe op-ed page carries a blast of propaganda so undiluted it makes you look around blinking and wonder how you strayed into a teach-in. "Katrina’s Real Name," by Ross Gelbspan, author of "The Heat Is On" and "Boiling Point," builds on a rhetorical trope: The "real name" of various disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, "is global warming."’s home page subhead probably caught the attitude of most conservatives best when Pat Robertson said the U.S. ought to assassinate Venezualan President Hugo Chavez: "Rev. Pat’s off his meds again." Of course, the MSM didn’t see it that way, trumpeting the TV preacher’s stupid remark far and wide as emblematic of conservatism as a whole.

Today’s edition of The Capital Times of Madison, Wisc. ("Wisconsin’s Progressive Newspaper"), tells about a town hall meeting where, by 100 to 1, participants favored a "paid sick days" ordinance for all workers in the city. Link here:

Not until the fifth paragraph does one quoted participant give the game away.

John Tierney, who has taken over the retiring William Safire’s op-ed slot in The New York Times, weighs in today with a  column comparing golf to other Pleistocene interests of men. A self-confessed golf-hater, Tierney spends his 800 words ringing through a series of "men are from Mars" cliches. His sole insight, from a round of playing disc (or Frisbee) golf? Men like to look down on a savannah-like landscape and shoot something at it.

ABC’s quick-cut radio news broadcasts, two minutes or less of content dropped in at the hour and half hour on thousands of stations across the country, reduces the key content of any given media day to one or two stories. That’ll be the message most of the country gets, because that’s how most of the country gets its news. So language is significant.