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What Digby said

Once again, here's Digby, doing it better than most could even hope.

Really, read it. She is one of the best bloggers around.

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FNB Politics

Apropos of my earlier post, here's Rick Perstein from March 2007:

... Rush Limbaugh calls the insufficiently martial Iraq Study Group “James Baker’s Fruit Salad.” To those with good memories who pay very close attention, this is a reference to the former secretary of state’s preference that the report be considered in its entirety rather than picked over like a fruit salad. But, to right-wingers who’ve forgotten that (the lion’s share, no doubt), the nickname made just as much sense. The report recommended diplomacy. Isn’t that kind of … fruity? And, in a nod to Ailes, Limbaugh has taken to calling Fox News’s chief competitor “PMSNBC.”

The only Democratic leaders who aren’t feminized, of course, are the women. With them, it’s just the opposite. Limbaugh has a phrase he uses to explain why, supposedly, Hillary Clinton is never questioned aggressively: She produces a “testicle lockbox” into which male reporters must deposit their manhood. Nancy Pelosi, in Rush-speak, is “Bella Pelosi,” a nice two-for-the-price-of-one slur: For Dittoheads nostalgic for the 1970s, it suggests the mannishness of the loudmouthed New York liberal congresswoman Bella Abzug; for the rest, the homophonology is to Bella Lugosi—the Democratic leader is Dracula.

Read the whole thing. It's well worth it.

It's the corollary of the racist code I was talking about earlier. As Perlstein points out, the Right wins elections by rendering the Left's the Center's candidates unpalatable -- whether it's by invoking his Scary Blackness or her Butch Manliness.

Why should we care about this bullshit, as you have asked many times on the radio? Why don't we talk about the business end of imperialism and the violence and injustice being wrought everywhere? Because this bullshit works, and it results in halfwits and their undead puppetmasters occupying the halls of power. And then they are free to do what they will.

Racist dog-whistles

As usual, Digby says it better than I can:

Here's a piece of McCain campaign manager Rick Davis's press release from last week:

Barack Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world, comparable to Tom Cruise, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. As he told Congressional Democrats yesterday, he has become the "symbol" for the world's aspirations for America and that we are now at "the moment ... that the world is waiting for."

Only a celebrity of Barack Obama's magnitude could attract 200,000 fans in Berlin who gathered for the mere opportunity to be in his presence. These are not supporters or even voters, but fans fawning over The One. Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand "MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew -- Black Forest Berry Honest Tea" and worry about the price of arugula.

Yet, despite all of the fans, paparazzi and media adoration, the American people still have questions: Is Barack Obama prepared to lead?

This press release is, of course, supporting a McCain attack ad depicting Obama as a massive celebrity and associating him with the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. As wingnut attacks go, though, this press release swings for the fences. Not only does it hit on many of the classic effete, liberal-elitist themes -- love from the Euros (200,000 in Berlin); fussy, non-manly eating habits (organic tea and arugula); and obsession with appearance (trips to the gym) -- it manages to throw in a couple of good-ol' racist GOP dog-whistle tactics.

Now, what do I mean by GOP racist dog-whistle tactics?

Civil Liberties Watch: US Senate & The Media Shield Law

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Evening News
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Sun, 07/27/2008

The US Senate debates a law to protect journalists from being forced to disclose confidential sources. Citizen journalists are not included for protection in the Senates version of The Free Flow of Information Act, S2035.

4:41 minutes (4.28 MB)

A History of the KBOO AM News

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Thu, 07/31/2008

A look back at the history of the 17 years of the KBOO Morning News featuring the voices of some of the people who started the newscast in 1991.

23:16 minutes (21.3 MB)

News - Morning on 08/01/08

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Air date: 
Fri, 08/01/2008 - 7:00am - 7:30am

Hear the last KBOO Morning News broadcast. The show leaves the KBOO schedule today, making way for Democracy Now at 7AM weekdays.  Today's broadcast will include a history of the Morning News.

Great Moments in Journamalism

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So, Sen. McCain gave an interview with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News last week. Pretty standard stuff, right?

Sure, except that CBS cut up the tape such that McCain appears to be answering one question, but is really answering another. And because they must have been on a roll, CBS did St. John one better and spliced in heroic still images of him visiting American troops, and footage of American soldiers in action in Iraq.

No, really. Here's video of McCain's bogus answer and the actual interview playing out together in real time, on a split screen.

Here we go ...

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Enough already. Welcome to the launch of the new Abe and Joe Show blog.

Highlights from past APA Compass programs

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APA Compass
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Thu, 01/03/2008

Our special new year edition includes excerpts and highlights from past APA Compass programs. A great sampling of the range of topics and guests that we cover, including interviews, roundtable discussions, audio postcards, Angry APA Minute and many more.

55:15 minutes (15.81 MB)

Theresa Mitchell presents Presswatch for July 17, 2008

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Presswatch
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Wed, 07/16/2008

Weekly report on the news you're not supposed to know.

24:16 minutes (22.22 MB)
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