We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Especially for those of you new to SDA and the blogosphere, I suggest you read Jeff's entry. In his disassembly of the Newsweek article, he exposes that much of the coverage we've been treated to on Katrina and the responses of the various levels of government is, at best, pathetically superficial and selectively factual. At worst (and most of it falls into the worst category) it's intentionally politicized and misleading.
Journalists, take note. This is why increasing numbers of Americans - and Canadians - are turning off their network news and cancelling subscriptions. The "art of omission" is a dangerous ploy in an age where the media consumer has near instant, unfiltered free access to legal and constitutional experts, transcripts, archival material, and witnesses on the scene.
When viewers and readers discover you are ignoring the details - in this case, details like the limitations placed on presidential powers by the US Constitution - in a transparent ploy to score political points, you damage the relationship with the information consumer on a multitude of levels.
That you inflict long term damage on your own professional credibility goes without saying. What seems less understood by your profession is that your actions convey a profound contempt for your readers and listeners. Disingenuously superficial and/or inappropriately politicized versions of current events are an insult to our intelligence - and we know it. "
I was a regular reader of Newsweak up until the primaries in late 2003 when I discovered blogs. Then I discovered how biased they really were, Fineman always gets in his digs and Thomas ignores basic journalism to score points. Then there was the whole Koran in the toilet fabrication. Needless to say, my subscription expired and will not be renewed.