Sunday, December 06, 2009

Four columns

Here are four columns that present a good snapshot of what is wrong with our national press. First, the stars, both in the New York Times in their regular high-profile Sunday columns:

Maureen Dowd, The Lady and the Tiger. Second consecutive column complaining about White House social secretary Desiree Rogers. MoDo compares her to Tiger Woods. (?!?)

Frank Rich, Obama’s Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan. One of the highest-profile liberal "opinion makers". He uses a column on the Afghanistan War to also complain about those White House party crashers. And then he works in - why not? - Tiger Woods.

Democracy can't survive over the long run with a national press like this.

On the other hand, here are two columnists who you are not likely to see on the Sunday morning bobblehead shows, Joe Galloway of McClatchy and Jules Witcover of TMS Features. Witcover got booted from his long-time gig as a columnist for the Baltimore Sun years ago, almost certainly because of his sensible criticisms of the Iraq War.


Joe Galloway, It’s hard to get into the holiday spirit 11/25/09. He writes, "What's the point in having a Democrat in the White House and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress if they all act like Republicans?" A question most Democratic base voters are asking right now. On the Afghanistan escalation, he writes, "There are several very good reasons why sending 34,000 more U.S. troops there is a very bad decision." And proceeds to explain.

Jules Witcover, Going for the Quick Fix 12/04/09. Witcover says of Obama's Afghanistan escalation: "He is rolling the dice on this one, against high odds."

No word in these columns from Galloway and Witcover, however, on White House party crashers or Tiger Woods' love life.

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