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Typically absent from the Washington Post's coverage (and most top media's coverage) of the federal budget is whether Congress should be spending anything on certain programs. In this case, a national energy bill. Think about it: A national energy bill. Is this the U.S.S.A?

American freelance journalist Steven Vincent has become the first American journalist to be attacked and killed in the Iraq War.

Unlike many (most?) journos covering the war in Iraq, Vincent supported the invasion, calling it part of a much larger campaign against "Islamo-fascism."

It's ironic how feminist journalists, always decrying the unfair standards of beauty for women, could turn around and attack Katherine Harris for her makeup.

TAMPA - During the presidential election recount of 2000, Florida was in a white-hot spotlight, focused on a woman not accustomed to national publicity - then-Secretary of State Katherine Harris.

Harris' decision against a ballot recount made her a hero to Republicans and anathema to Democrats. She also was bashed for something else: her makeup.

One Democratic commentator compared her to Cruella DeVil of the Disney movie `"101 Dalmatians.'' Comic Jay Leno said a cold snap made Florida so chilly Harris "put on a third layer of makeup.''

On Monday, on a conservative radio talk show, Harris, now a congresswoman from Longboat Key running for the U.S. Senate, hit back, blaming newspapers for the criticism and charging that some - without saying which - altered her photographs.

"I'm actually very sensitive about those things, and it's personally painful,'' Harris said when host Sean Hannity asked about her image problems from 2000.

"But they're outrageously false, No. 1, and No. 2, you know, whenever they made fun of my makeup, it was because the newspapers colorized my photograph,'' Harris said.

A story by Mike Allen and R. Jeffrey Smith in the Washington Post on 3 August, 2005, reviewed many of the background documents just released concerning Judge John Roberts, nominee for the US Supreme Court. The article’s title got the subject right, “Judges Should Have 'Limited' Role, Roberts Says.” However, once the authors got into the basis of Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade, their understanding of the subject evaporated.

The article said,

Today's (Wed. August 3, 2005) Los Angeles Times has a story about a child-support lawsuit in Oregon between a woman and the (Catholic) Archdiocese of Portland.

Ever since last Friday, when Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced that he would support loosening restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, the "mainstream" media has become absolutely giddy over the prospect of George W. Bush bowing to political defeat on the issue.

Sunday's 60 Minutes closed, as usual, with a crabby commentary by everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Andy Rooney. His kvetch of the week had to do with how much people incessantly using cell phones annoys him.

Now, perhaps in a spirit of corporate synergy, today's Against the Grain column by CBS News's Dick Meyer happens to be about how much people incessantly using cell phones annoys him.

At one point Myers defensively insists:

Contrary to what you undoubtedly think by now, this column is much, much more than just a misanthropic, Luddite rant by a cranky middle-aged white man. This is a genuine public service.

I'm sure Rooney tells himself the same thing, except for the "middle-aged" part.

Media blast oil companies, lawmakers but fail to investigate financial boost to inefficient energy source.

Dramatically cleaner air downplayed in a story about threats to Clean Air Act because troubles remain.

In 2003, Mike Paranzino, a conservative activist, organized in response to the Tiffany Network planning to air a horrendously biased (not to mention poorly acted) miniseries on Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Paranzino and others were successful in getting CBS to drop-kick the dramatic monstrosity to a sister cable network Showtime.

Fast forward to today, and CBS and Paranzino again cross paths, but this time on more amicable terms.

Despite assertions otherwise, the liberal media in general and the AP specifically continue to make Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ Catholic faith an issue. In a piece called, “Roberts, Catholics at center of scrutiny,” they titularly admit it.

Richard N. Ostling’s first paragraph:

When is a baby a baby? Apparently for the media not when in the womb, even if that child is "planned and wanted" as former Clinton Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders was wont of saying. Reporting on the recent birth of Susan Anne Catherine Torres, the daughter of Virginia woman Susan Torres, who suffered a stroke resulting in brain death in May, CBS Early Show correspondents used medical jargon to refer to baby Susan when she was as yet unborn:

The Early Show
3 August 2005 (Wednesday)

The Pentagon has admitted an "egregious" fault in using the same quote from an anonymous Iraqi in two press releases 11 days apart.

Besides one brief mention last week, however, there's been no comment from the New York Times, which is rather surprising -- or perhaps not, given the Times' own quote-recycling history.

Ken, it's sad to see coverage of embryonic stem cell research in general, which often omits is that the embryo is currently destroyed before the stem cells can be extracted. All the sympathy is expended on the Cody Unsers, who we recognize as fully human, but the embryos don't even have a cute ultrasound picture to show us they're fully human.

This is a public service since the only people besides me who saw Tucker Carlson’s “The Situation” on MSNBC on 1 August, 2005, were probably an Irish Setter and three bowls of goldfish. Carlson introduced the subject that Atkins International, the company founded by Dr. Robert Atkins, had just filed for bankruptcy. Dr. Atkins had died 17 April, 2003, in a coma after striking his head in a fall outside his office.

Mort Zuckerman, publisher of “U.S. News & World Report” and “The New York Daily News,” was on the program, and responded as follows: