A few things from this morning’s news

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May 29 2006

Senator Norm Coleman (R-Cargill) doesn’t seem to have the same enthusiasm for investigating wheat scandals as he displayed in oil-for-food scandals.

Here’s an interesting headline: St. Paul store blends meal-making and socializing. It’s followed by a story about one of those “Hey mom, here’s a way you can cram even more guilt-inducing stuff into your life and still let the lazy bums in your family do nothing” services. Trouble is, the store isn’t in St. Paul. It’s not even in Minneapolis. Sheesh.

You know those 750 signing statements issued by Our Glorious Leader wherein he explains why his signature on a piece of legislation doesn’t really mean he agrees with it or intends to enforce it? Always seems a bit over the top for me to believe that Bush – a man not known for sweating the details – actually thought about such things. Well, it turns out he didn’t. Cheney did.

I’m getting sick and tired of North Korean Moments:

Bush ‘planted fake news stories on American TV
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 29 May 2006
Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies’ products.

Investigators from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are seeking information about stations across the country after a report produced by a campaign group detailed the extraordinary extent of the use of such items.

The report, by the non-profit group Centre for Media and Democracy, found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts, known as Video News Releases (VNRs). Not one told viewers who had produced the items.

“We know we only had partial access to these VNRs and yet we found 77 stations using them,” said Diana Farsetta, one of the group’s researchers. “I would say it’s pretty extraordinary. The picture we found was much worse than we expected going into the investigation in terms of just how widely these get played and how frequently these pre-packaged segments are put on the air.”

I’m headed out today to find as many copies I can of It Can’t Happen Here for Spotty’s book collecting on Thursday.

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