July 22nd, 2009

Undercover cops kill Army veteran (but it's okay because he once went to prison for drug dealing)

His was a Brooklyn neighborhood riddled with the drug trade, and Shem Walker, who understood the pitfalls of that life firsthand, tried to fight it, urging neighbors to stay away from drugs and chasing men from the stoop of his family’s building in Clinton Hill.

On Saturday night, just such a confrontation with a man who Mr. Walker perhaps thought was involved in drugs — but who was actually an undercover police officer — led to his death.

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Catholic friars to open Hebrew academy in Poland


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WARSAW — Roman Catholic Franciscan friars are to open Poland's first privately-run Hebrew academy in October with the approval of the country's chief rabbi and a Polish cardinal, its rector said Tuesday.

"We've started recruiting and there's a lot of interest. We're thinking of accepting 45 students for a start," academy rector Father Maksymin Tandek told AFP.

"During my studies in Israel, I discovered its rich and beautiful history. Jews lived in Poland for a thousand years. My dream is to preserve the wealth and beauty of their society here," he said.

The three-year-long programme at the academy located in Torun, north-east Poland, will focus on Hebrew literature, linguistics, Israeli history, Poland's Jews, and modern, rabbinical and biblical Hebrew as well as Syrian and Aramaic.

"Polish archives and libraries contain a large number of documents with an an enormous wealth of Jewish thought, but now no one is examining them. We need specialists to catalogue them and make them public," Tandek said.

European Union funds will cover half of the operation costs of the academy, open to high school graduates. Students will have to pay 2,000 zloty (470 euros, 670 dollars) in tuition fees per semester, Tandek said.

The project has been endorsed by Poland's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich and Roman Catholic Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former private secretary of the late Polish-born pope John Paul II.

The academy is to be based in Torun, a university town of 200,000 residents, also home to Radio Maryja, a Catholic fundamentalist broadcaster run by Father Tadeusz Rydzyk criticised for nationalist and anti-Semitic programming.

The Hebrew academy is one of several recent moves aimed at reviving Poland's Jewish heritage obliterated by the Holocaust.

Construction began in June on the long-awaited Museum of the History of Polish Jews in the capital Warsaw. The multi-million dollar, multi-media facility is expected to open its doors in 2011.

The museum's virtual arm -- the "Virtual Shtetl" web portal also launched in June -- is aimed at giving it a head start online.

Prior to World War II, Poland was home to some 3.5 million Jews, roughly 10 percent of its pre-war population with nearly a millennium of Jewish settlement within its borders.

Some three million Polish Jews perished in the Holocaust
which claimed six million of pre-WWII Europe's estimated 11 million Jews.

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The article does not mention the number of Jews currently living in Poland, which can range from 100,000 to less than 20,000.

Just wondering this comm's opinion as sometimes the news of Poland that reaches here isn't always very positive. This does seem to be a step in the right direct in showing that Poland's Jewish history is about more than just death.
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Abortion is Latest Controversy in Health Overhaul

WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers opposed to federal funding for abortions said Tuesday the House leadership's health care bill contains a "hidden mandate" that would allow taxpayer dollars to be used to end pregnancies.

It's the latest controversy to hit the health care overhaul in a week that has seen Republicans sharpen their attacks and some Democrats start to waver on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

Abortion is not mentioned in the 1,018-page bill that Democratic leaders hope will be approved by the last of three House committees this week. Supporters of the legislation say that means the bill is neutral.

But abortion opponents say the bill's silence is precisely the problem.

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Liz Cheney Defends Birthers On Larry King




The Obama "birther" movement has sucked in a few Republican congressmen. But Tuesday night the conspiracy theorists who think our president isn't a citizen got a major boost from none other than Elizabeth Cheney, former State Department official and vice-presidential daughter.

Birthers took hits on television earlier in the day, after a YouTube video of one such extremist confronting Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) at a public event. CNN's Rick Sanchez spent a whole segment debunking the fantasy, and MSNBC's Chris Matthews confronted a congressman sponsoring a bill that "would require future presidential candidates to provide a copy of their original birth certificate."

Cheney was apparently unmoved. Appearing on "Larry King," she dismissed the Castle video and suggested that people have reason to question Obama's national loyalty.

"I think the Democrats have got more crazies than the Republicans do," Cheney said. "But setting that aside, one of the reasons you see people so concerned about this, I think this issue is, people are uncomfortable with having for the first time ever, I think, a president who seems so reluctant to defend the nation overseas ..."

Asked directly by King if she actually thought Obama was born in Kenya, Cheney responded, "No, I'm not saying that." But then she kept going. "I'm saying that people are fundamentally uncomfortable and fundamentally I think increasingly uncomfortable with an American president who seems to be afraid to defend America, stand up for what we believe in."

Fellow guest James Carville seemed momentarily flabbergasted before responding, "These poor pathetic people are believing stuff just like Ms. Cheney tonight. She refuses to say this is lewd, ludicrous because she wants these people to believe this."

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Ugh, this whole thing is out of control.  And I just want to slap that smug look off of Liz Cheney's face!

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Va. Tech gunman’s mental health records found.

Lawyers locate them in home of former director of university clinic

RICHMOND, Va. - Missing mental health records of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho have been discovered in the home of the university clinic's former director, Gov. Tim Kaine said Wednesday.

Cho killed 32 people on April 16, 2007, then committed suicide as police closed in. His mental health treatment has been a major issue in the investigation of the shootings.

A memo from Kaine's chief legal counsel to victims' relatives says Cho's records and those of several other Virginia Tech students were found July 18 in the home of Dr. Robert Miller.

The memo, obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, says the records were removed from the Cook Counseling Center on the Virginia Tech campus more than a year before the shootings.

"I appreciate your call, but I'm not making comment at this time," Miller said when reached at a number for his private practice.

The recovery of the records, which eluded a vast criminal investigation two years ago, was first announced by Kaine at a news conference.

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Blue Dogs Party After Health Care Reform Markup Canceled

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce was supposed to be the third leg supporting health care reform legislation already approved by two other House committees. Instead, this week it's become more of a fifth wheel. The committee's markup sessions for Tuesday and Wednesday have been canceled in the face of opposition to the bill from the panel's conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats.

So Monday's markup may have lasted past midnight, but on Tuesday evening the committee's Blue Dogs were free to party, and party they did! Reps. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) feted fellow Blue Dog Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Northwest Washington from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ross is the lead Blue Dog on health care reform.

According to an invitation to the event obtained by the Sunlight Foundation and posted on its website, www.politicalpartytime.org, the price of admission was a $2,500 contribution to Barrow's campaign committee. Blue Dog Reps. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) were also on the invite.

To be fair, the invitation went out as early as July 10th, long before committee members were told to expect to work late on both Monday and Tuesday. Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) made his announcement that Tuesday's markup would be canceled after Monday's markup ended.

Ross' name has popped up on no fewer than three fundraiser invites on www.politicalpartytime.org in a 24-hour period, starting with a Nationals game on Monday evening and a lunch on Tuesday afternoon, which the Huffington Post visited. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, health industry professionals are the top givers to Ross' campaign committee so far in the current election cycle.

Event organizers declined to provide info about the guest lists for any of these events.


Committee Blue Dogs met with President Obama on Tuesday afternoon but reportedly did not reach an agreement.
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Recession is cramping the style of bling culture



Herman Joseph's eyes light up when he lists some of his favorite clothing lines: True Religion. Rock & Republic. 7 For All Mankind.

Once, he even paid $300 for a pair of black and silver Gucci dress shoes.

"I used to like to be fly," the 19-year-old said of his pricey wardrobe. "It gave me confidence in myself."

But now, sitting in the Manhattan youth center where he's working toward getting his GED, Joseph is wearing no-name jeans. He, like several of the other young people in his program, lost his job. They've been talking less about who's wearing what, and wearing less of what's in style.

For young people from low-income backgrounds, often faced with paying their own way and helping support their families, interest in designer labels is waning as the economic downturn strains wallets and helps boost the appeal of frugality.

Staffers at programs serving low-income youth in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and New York notice a reduced focus on top labels, whether due to dwindling resources or changing tastes. It's a shift away from decades-old stereotypes of poor kids obsessed with bling and brand labels.

While people with lower incomes have disproportionately sought out high-end brands for at least the last 18 years, they've recently been turning away from them, said Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry analyst at market researcher NPD Group.

Spending on designer wear by families earning between $15,000 and $25,000 a year fell by 29 percent in 2008 from the year before, according to NPD.

That's a significantly larger decline than for any other income group tracked by NPD. Families earning between $50,000 and $100,000 yearly, for example, spent an estimated 7 percent less on designer apparel in 2008 compared with the previous year.


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Even more batshit racism pushing towards the mainstream

Mainstream Preacher Invites Radical Slavery Defender to Conference Honoring Calvin’s Birth

The senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a major Minneapolis-based congregation with more than 6,000 worshipers, has invited extremist preacher Doug Wilson to speak at an upcoming national conference commemorating the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. John Piper, who preaches at Bethlehem and runs Desiring God, an outfit that promotes his religious beliefs, is regarded as a mainstream evangelical, and Bethlehem is a member of the Baptist General Conference.

Wilson, based in Idaho, is anything but mainstream. He has written that Old South slavery was “a life of plenty” and has said he believes adultery should, in certain circumstances, be punished by execution.

This is the second time this year that Wilson has found favor in mainstream Christian circles. In June, he was on the bill at a conference put on by Charles Colson, recipient of the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal and a revered Christian Right leader for decades, dating back to 1975 when he founded the Prison Fellowship ministry after serving time for obstruction of justice in connection with the Watergate scandal.

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And Wilson's built "a far-flung, far-right religious empire that included a college, an array of lower schools, an entire denomination of churches, and more. " And how nice to learn that the racist Wilson plagiarized is "known to many as the father of the Christian homeschooling movement. "
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Pelosi To Senate: "We're Not Ever Going To Be A Chicken"

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Democrats are getting increasingly close to a health care reform vote on the House floor and need to seize the moment.

"I always call Washington the city of the perishable. When you've got the votes, you take the vote," she said, punching her left hand hard with her right, "Because if you think you're going to wait around until you get more of this or that -- you just never know what happens."

Pelosi was interviewed Wednesday afternoon by reporters from the Huffington Post, Washington Post and The Nation magazine. Earlier Wednesday, she had assured reporters that she had the votes to pass the health care overhaul, a prediction she repeated in her later interview.
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Crisis: Nearly Five Million Adults Have Lost Insurance Since Sept. '08

As President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation tonight, a new survey provides a boost to his claim that the health care system is at a perilous place and in need of reform. Since September of last year, nearly five million adults have lost their insurance.

A survey of more than 29,000 individuals in June by Gallup shows that 16 percent of Americans over the age of 18 are currently without health insurance. That number reflects what the survey's authors describe as a "small but measurable uptick in the percentage of uninsured adults."

Indeed, the average number of uninsured adults recorded by Gallup in 2008 was 14.8 percent. In September 2008, the monthly total recorded was at a yearly low of 13.9 percent.

While the difference in percentage may seem small, the aggregate number of additional uninsured is vast.
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Rep. Blackburn: "We're Not Going To Cry 'Emergency' Every Time We Have A Katrina"

The Meaning Of "Emergency"

While extolling the virtues of a balanced budget during a PAYGO debate on the floor of the House, Rep. Marsha Blackburn shamefully exclaimed:

Let's agree that we're going to have PAYGO enforcement. That we're not going to cry 'emergency' every time we have a Katrina, every time we have a Tsunami, every time we have a need for extra spending, that we don't go call for a special appropriation that allows us to circumvent the PAYGO rules.
 

This statement is shocking on many levels. While we can all appreciate the benefits of a balanced budget, those benefits pail in comparison to the virtues of saving lives in the midst of an actual emergency. If saving thousands of lives costs a few extra dollars, so be it. That's why it's an "emergency." dumbass

For instance, Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,464 in Louisiana alone, would surely qualify as an emergency by anyone's standards. In fact, Rep. Blackburn herself supported the "Emergency Appropriations" bill in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Rep. Blackburn has either changed her mind about what qualifies as an emergency, or she is deliberately exploiting the suffering of others to score political points. Either way, it's just not right.

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WELL!  Someone sure started the day off with a big bowl of stupid for breakfast!

Crazy cop spotlight: Sheriff Joe Arpaio

In case you don't know who Sheriff Joe Arpaio is, he fancies himself as "America's toughest sheriff". By "tough", he means "racist, sexist, and costing Arizona money hand over fist". The Phoenix New Times has an entire archive based on this guy's antics, and it's updated regularly. Highlights of Arpaio's 17-year reign include breaking a woman's arm, crushing a prisoner's larnyx, taping women inmates in the restrooms, some financial funny business and the occasional baby death.

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Unfortunately, the New Yorker want you to pay in order to read the article. Well, the good folks at newslinx.org said fuck that noise. Something this important shouldn't come w/a price tag.

See also:
Reasonable Doubt
: a five-part series on Arpaio that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting
Arpaio on The Colbert Report (thanks acmeeoy !)

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Sen. Graham to Back Sotomayor

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that he will vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, breaking with his party's conservative leaders to back President Barack Obama's choice to be the first Hispanic justice.

The South Carolinian, who had hinted during Sotomayor's confirmation hearings that he might back the 55-year-old judge, said he would vote yes because "elections matter," and he believes she's a well-qualified jurist with a mainstream record that shows her "troubling" statements on race and gender don't drive her decisions on the bench.

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Crist Won’t Endorse Sotomayor



America’s favorite orange-skinned reformed bachelor, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, is a pretty OK guy stuck with the unenviable task of governing a drooping land-phallus stuffed with meth fiends, unemployed real estate agents, and pythons. But now Crist has chosen to act like something of a dick to nice Sonia Sotomayor, for whom he would not vote if he were a senator due to her maybe being wishy-washy on the Second Amendment — which is Governor Crists’s favorite amendment of all.
Without warning, Crist took a stand on her nomination on a day when he had no public appearances scheduled. “I have strong concerns that Judge Sotomayor would not strictly and objectively construe the Constitution and lacks respect for the fundamental right to keep and bear arms,” Crist said.
If you’re running for the US Senate in a heavily Hispanic state, why would you not support a Hispanic Supreme Court candidate? Because your primary opponent, who has already unfairly “played the race card” by being Hispanic, is more of a threat than you’d like and you have to pretend that you are equally conservative.

So now Crist has to say that, just like Marco Rubio, he does not care for this Sotomayor character. And he will have to hope that people remember this principled belief of his right up until primary day and not a day after that.

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I don't think my Twitter BFF Marco Rubio and his lackluster fundraising are much of a threat (sorry babe) so idk what Crist is doing this for. Such a goofball.
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Clove Cigarettes Outlawed, Goths Across the Nation Sink Deeper into Darkness

Obama signed a bill placing tighter regulations on the tobacco industry, in terms of the types of products they can sell, the nature of language used in marketing them, and the placement of tobacco advertising.

* FDA regulations will supersede weaker state laws, a major expansion of federal power;
* The bill bans the words "light" or "mild" in tobacco advertising, as well as any words that give the impression that one cigarette is less dangerous than another;
* It bans flavored tobacco products, like clove or cappuccino cigarettes (yes, they exist);
* It requires companies to submit a complete list of ingredients in the tobacco, paper, filter and other components, and allows the FDA to require the removal of any additive it says is dangerous;
* It requires this list of ingredients to be placed on all labels, which will itemize chemicals added to tobacco products;
* It restricts tobacco marketing to children, such as tobacco billboards near schools.

Finally, the legislation applies to all tobacco products, not just cigarettes, and it passes all of the additional costs of new regulations back to the tobacco companies.


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I'm still deciding how I feel about this, tbh. I'm pretty anti-smoking and am all in favor of state laws and/or businesses' policies banning smoking in public areas. Federal regulation to this extent seems to be a bit much though.
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Crazy Wingnut Healthcare Attacks Exposed

The other day, I overheard a random "Republican analyst" on MSNBC's The Ed Show suggest that the public option should never be implemented because of the DMV. This was her whole thing. The DMV. According to her logic, the DMV, which is run by state governments, is really slow and awful and therefore the public option would force us to wait in line for medical treatment.

My first reaction was that this lady has clearly never been to an emergency room. When I crashed while cycling last year, I waited in an ER exam room with a fractured T10 for nearly two hours before a doctor popped into the room. And I was pretty lucky to be seen so quickly. Contrastingly, I've never once waited in line at a DMV for any longer than 10 or 15 minutes in my entire life.

The last time I renewed my driver's license, it took less than five minutes. If I ever have the privilege of sitting in a doctor's office waiting room and, subsequently, the exam room, for less than five minutes I'll voluntarily pay triple the fee and send the doctor an enormous gift basket filled with, you know, a Lexus.

All in all, we can only wish that private healthcare was as efficient and speedy as the DMV.

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I am honestly puzzled by the whole tactic of saying that because the public health care option is cheaper, it is bad.  I'm thinking that certain members of Congress think it will be bad for THEM, and screw the rest of us.
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LIVE POST: CNN Moment of Truth/Obama healthcare presser/Black In America II.

This'll be the official live discussion post for three CNN special programming events:
  • "Moment of Truth" -- 7pm EST
  • Obama Healthcare reform presser -- 8pm EST
  • "Black In America II" -- 9pm EST


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ETA: FML, I AM SO SORRY ABOUT PUTTING THE WRONG TIMES UP. :(

I'll have links to the re-runs up in a bit, but I am SOOOOOO SORRY to anyone who showed up to the live post according to the incorrect info I threw up here. UGH. (._. )


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I realize that the first "Black In America" was rather vapid, stereotypical, and chock full of racial monolith-baiting, but it was easier to do a live post that covered three consecutive CNN prime-time specials. Plus, it doesnt hurt to have an intelligent discussion of the potentially impending fail of part II, a comparison between the old and new documentaries, and some redeeming nuggets, if they occur.

Christian right aims to change history lessons in Texas schools

The Christian right is making a fresh push to force religion onto the school curriculum in Texas with the state's education board about to consider recommendations that children be taught that there would be no United States if it had not been for God.

Members of a panel of experts appointed by the board to revise the state's history curriculum, who include a Christian fundamentalist preacher who says he is fighting a war for America's moral soul, want lessons to emphasise the part played by Christianity in the founding of the US and that religion is a civic virtue.

Opponents have decried the move as an attempt to insert religious teachings in to the classroom by stealth, similar to the Christian right's partially successful attempt to limit the teaching of evolution in biology lessons in Texas.

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Hamas makes feature film about slain militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Gaza movie premiere drew an exclusive crowd with local celebrities posing for jostling photographers — and that's pretty much where the similarities end between Hollywood and the fledgling film industry of Gaza's Hamas rulers.

The Islamic militants' first feature film — an action-packed homage to a top Hamas militant — cost only $200,000 to make and is being shown to segregated audiences of bearded men and veiled women.

"It's Hamaswood instead of Hollywood," Fathi Hamad, Gaza's Hamas interior minister, said after the film's first showing Friday evening at Gaza City's Islamic University. "We are trying to make quality art that is Islamic and about the resistance, without provocative (sexual) scenes."

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Rupert Everett: Michael Jackson 'A Freak,' Obama 'Gone Black'

Rupert Everett is rather provocatively running his mouth again. The British actor, who has commented on Graydon Carter's "monster cock," the wimpiness of UK troops and Hollywood's resemblance to Al Qaeda tells the Daily Mirror that Michael Jackson was a "freak" and is better off dead.
 


"He looked like a character from Shrek. He was a black to white minstrel. He was crucified by that court case when he was accused of child molestation - that killed him.
"He personified the pain and anxiety of a black man in a slave country. We all watched as he changed from black to white. He was living performance art.
"I think it was fortuitous that he died. He was supposed to be doing 50 concerts in London.
"It wouldn't have mattered how good or bad he was. He wouldn't have managed to do all of them and the press would have destroyed him."
Everett believes that Jacko's death may even spell the end of modern-day celebrity itself.
"You cannot divide the music from the person," he says.
"I think his life - and death - is a great lesson."


He also discussed his fascination with President Obama's racial identity.

"We have Michael Jackson, a black man who has gone white, and we have President Barack Obama, who is a half-white man gone black. It's absolutely fascinating to watch."

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Brawl breaks out in South Korean parliament

SEOUL, South Korea – Hundreds of competing lawmakers screamed and wrestled in South Korea's parliament Wednesday as a rivalry over contentious media reform bills descended into a brawl that sent at least one to a hospital.

Lawmakers from the ruling Grand National Party occupied the speaker's podium in a bid to quickly pass the bills aimed at easing restrictions on ownership of television networks. Opposition parties responded by stacking up furniture to block ruling party members from entering the main hall of the National Assembly.

The parliament plunged into chaos, as lawmakers scuffled and shouted abuse at each other. Women lawmakers from the rival parties joined in the melee, grabbing each other by the neck and trying to bring opponents to the floor.

YTN television network reported some were injured. One woman lawmaker was seen lying on a blue mattress with nurses checking her blood pressure. The lawmaker was later taken to a hospital, YTN said.
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CNN responds to Dobbs' embrace of birtherism


Recently, CNN's Lou Dobbs has taken to his network's air to discuss a conspiracy theory about President Obama's birth. The theory's adherents -- termed "birthers" -- claim Obama was not born in the U.S. and is, as such, not eligible to be president. But that theory is simply not true, and CNN reporters and hosts besides Dobbs (including Kitty Pilgrim, when she guest hosted Dobbs' show) have repeatedly debunked it.

So how's CNN handling it's falling star's latest turn to conspiracism? For the most part, by distancing itself. The network has been quick to point out to media reporters that Dobbs' more egregious statements have come on his radio show, which is not affiliated with CNN.

Salon asked a network spokeswoman whether it's CNN's position that there is a question about Obama's eligibility to be president. "No, CNN has fully investigated the issue and found no basis for the questions about the president's birthplace,” she responded.

Asked, then, why the network would continue to allow Dobbs to present the birthers' theories on air, the spokeswoman pointed to an earlier statement, which reads, "On CNN, Lou is an independent reporter who covers stories that people are talking about, and often showcases issues that aren’t being covered by the mainstream media."

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Online Poll: Jon Stewart Is America's Most Trusted Newsman

Online Poll: Jon Stewart Is America's Most Trusted Newsman

Well, in a result that he will probably accept as downright apocalyptic for America, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has been selected, in an online poll conducted by Time Magazine, as America's Most Trusted Newscaster, post-Cronkite. Matched up against Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson, Stewart prevailed with 44 percent of the vote. Now, if we're being honest, he probably managed to prevail as the winner precisely because he was the odd man out in a field of network news anchors. Nevertheless, I think Jim Cramer should feel free to SNACK ON THAT.

Brian Williams drew the second largest percentage of votes, with 29 percent. Gibson and Couric finished third and fourth, respectively, with 19 and 7 percent of the vote.

Time has helpfully broken out the results, state-by-state, so if you want to muse on some anomalous results, feel free. Brian Williams won Arizona, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, Florida, South Carolina, Indiana, Delaware and Vermont, and tied in Kentucky and Alaska. Charlie Gibson was big in Tennessee and Montana. Katie Couric pulled off the Mondalian feat of winning one state: Iowa.

Stewart finished no lower than second place in all states, except, curiously, Vermont.

To view the results, click here.

Jon Stewart had been honored previously by Time Magazine as the winner of the 2006 Person of the Year.

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