FRANKS TALK. I started fact-checking Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby's annual column on "liberal hate speech" this morning, but stopped after I satisfied myself that he had not taken Walter Cronkite or Bill Moyers out of context. Oh, my. What were they thinking?
Still, I couldn't help but be struck by how pallid Jacoby's examples were compared to, say, George W. Bush's attaboy to the guy at one of his campaign rallies who accused John Kerry of faking his war wounds, or Dick Cheney's insinuation that a vote for Kerry was a vote for Osama bin Laden.
But never mind. Here's what I really wish Jacoby hadn't left out. At one point he criticizes liberal Republican Colin Powell for saying that Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith was running a "Gestapo office." Jeff! Why didn't you also quote conservative Republican Tommy Franks, who called Feith "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth"?
Talk about lost opportunities.
DISSECTOR SIGHTING. The New York Times has a nice profile today of Danny Schechter on the occasion of his new documentary, (WMD) Weapons of Mass Deception. Is Danny really 62? I think that may be a typo. I quote Danny in my story this week on podcasting (below). In case you haven't discovered his blog, here it is.
NEW IN THIS WEEK'S PHOENIX. A look at podcasting - downloadable radio for your iPod or other MP3 player - that promises to be one of the big media trends of 2005, and that could pose the most significant threat to commercial radio since the advent of television.