Saturday, December 06, 2003

Shame of the Cities: Old Times are Not Forgotten, Look Away
Lacking the ability to report the news, New Times in Broward County Florida decided to manufacture it recently. The "alternative" newspaper, part of a coast-to-coast chain of cookie-cutter, smut peddling knock offs, routinely invents imaginary news events to fill the odd page not dominated by advertising. In this case, a would-be reporter lied about an anarchist plot to disrupt the Republican Governors Association meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.
At the Riverfront Times, the New Times-owned weekly in St. Louis, Jason Blair has applied for the position of managing editor.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Forget About It, It was the Weather, Stupid
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has chosen to rely on wire service reports to cover the civil lawsuit filed in Kansas City by the family of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan. The Carnahan family is sueing airplane parts manufacturer Parker Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland. Carnahan's plane crashed in October 2000, while he was campaigning for the U.S. Senate against incumbent John Ashcroft.
The National Transportation and Safety Board ruled that a faulty navigational instrument and weather were the major contributing factors in the crash. Sabotage was never given serious consideration.

Monday, December 01, 2003

Disinformation Watch: Chicago, New York, Peoria, What's the Dif? It's History
On the PBS Frontline series last week, G. Robert Blakey, the chief counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978, identified the late Guy Bannister, an associate of Oswald's in New Orleans, as a former FBI agent from New York. Bannister was in fact the chief agent in charge of the Chicago bureau of the FBI before retiring.

Say Cheese
Starved for news: Last Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a front page story on pizza, which was more newsworthy than the next day's serving -- the Fuhrer slinging mash potatoes to the troops.

A Self-Serving Commercial Announcement of, Nonetheless, Great Social and Political Consequence: Buy This Record
The anti-war anthem 32:20 by the enigmatic duo Fulmar is available from BJam Records St. Louis' underground fav.

Numbers Game
The latest news from Iraq appears to confirm that the Pentagon has decided to start counting bodies as a means of substantiating "progress" in Iraq.

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