Musings on the 'Post' Iraq piece

I'm not rushing to judgement on what do the Dems do now? - a piece of self-restraint aided no end by the fact that, as of now, I haven't the faintest idea.

Today's gobbet feeding interest in the question is the Post piece that Jonathan talks about.

What gives? One of the comments flags a TPM piece which takes the story on a little.

As with all of these pieces reliant on blind quotes for their oomph, you have to read them closely.

(They're in code - but use plain English words (to fool the unwary).)

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Senate Caucus Broder letter: not so smart, maybe?

My main concern would be with the precedent that such a letter sets.

Now, the Broder piece seems not casual about the facts, but straining for the most extreme counterfactuality that it can manage.

For propaganda to be effective, it must be sufficiently grounded in fact to persuade readers to swallow the false elements.

No reasonably attentive Post reader could view as other than absurd a comparison between Reid and Gonzales.

The person the piece makes look grossly incompetent is Broder.

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Beltway Derangement Syndrome

One of the biggest - and yet largely undiscussed - problems facing progressive activism (blogging in particular) is burnout. Every so often, the blogosphere loses one of its brightest lights to the grind, either temporarily or, worse, permanently. Delivering fresh content, day after day, is, even for the best, a difficult proposition. Balancing a blog with one's personal life and, more often than not, day job is an even more difficult task. Toss in the daily frustration one typically feels with the administration or the spectacularly slow grind of progress and the joys of trying to make a difference can become hardships. This is less a complaint than a reality. Also, let's not forget that a healthy dose of perspective is always important. That said, I've finally put my finger on one of the most persistent causes of my periodic burnout - and maybe yours, too: Beltway Derangement Syndrome.

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The Early April Quest for the Pulitzer Prize in Terrible Journalism

It would seem to me that as a journalist it is important to investigate stories, check the facts and give the public as accurate information as possible. It would seem that journalists would report on substance, rather than how a candidate looks in a swimsuit. This, however, is not the press we have come to know. So far, the month of April has been filled with terrible journalism.

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Questions for Jim VandeHei of The Politico?

(Posted at dKos as well, I'm trying to get as much input as I can.)

I'm attending an informal lunch with the Politico's Jim VandeHei on Monday, with about 10 other people.  He is giving a talk in the UW-Madison j-school on, I think, that afternoon and is meeting with some faculty and grad students to discuss news and new media issues over free food.  Any thoughts on good stuff to ask him about?  I'm going to stay away from Drudge, because I think Glenn Greenwald's exchange with John Harris has that pretty well covered, but any other specifics?  I haven't followed the Politico any more than generally, other than their big screw-up on the Elizabeth Edwards story, so your thoughts on this are appreciated.

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