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Thursday, March 10, 2005
I'm a little late highlighting the Putdown of the Week, on Sunday's "Meet the Press":
PAUL KRUGMAN: ... I mean, I can't--I dread the prospect of a Clinton run just because I think that would be--it would be an attempt to recreate the politics of the '90s when you had Bill Clinton, who was a president who managed to sort of triangulate. And I think we ought to have an election that's really about what what kind of country we're going to be and we won't have that if it's Hillary Clinton running. ... [snip]
JOE KLEIN: Paul, I have a question for you: What was it about the peace and prosperity of the eight years of the Clinton administration that you didn't like? ... [Emph added]
[via Luskin] 8:29 P.M.
Problem Solution Notification (Failure): That massive Microsoft-vs.-AOL emailing problem is so not fixed. ... Maybe there is a New York Times story in it after all. .. Update: This Feb. 21 report in, yes, Email Universe may or may not shed light on the problem. ... 1:23 P.M.
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
An entrenched institution of the rich attempts to influence the news ... and the craven corporate media caves! ... Except in this case the institution is the Museum of Modern Art and the accused media organization is National Public Radio. ... [Conflict Note: I do occasional "radio blogs" for NPR's D2D.] .. Update:In my limited experience, NPR is heavily influenced by its ongoing quest for funding--more than, say, the average elected official is influenced by campaign contributions. And there was a funding credit on NPR's Morning Edition this week thanking "The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, supporting the opening of the new Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan." Hmmm. ... .P.S.: NPR's Web site promises a "list" of sponsors in this document, but it doesn't appear to be a complete list. Transparency, anyone? ... I sent a "press inquiry" to NPR on 3/9 but there's no response as of 3/10. ...3:40 P.M.
Trib buries the lede: 21.6 percent of Prius owners are Republicans? I deny it. ... Did they weight by party I.D.? Where is Ruy Teixeira when you need him? ... P.S.: According to the survey, only 34.6 percent of the Priusers are Democrats. What about the remaining 44 percent? Were they independents--or Greens and Naderites? Democrats attempting to copy Ken Mehlman's auto-centric voter-targeting operation want to know. If they can't target Prius owners, they might as well give up. [SAABs will always work-ed. Not after GM gets through with them.] ... Backfill: A year ago, Alex Beam asserted "a 1-to-1 overlap between loony-left, tree-hugging Prius owners and delusional Deanies." I wouldn't go that far--though I admit know of no exceptions. ... 12:51 P.M.
Those latest L.A. election results in full. [Or you can go to the LAT website and be an hour or so behind. But why would you expect the Los Angeles Times to be the best place to get timely election results from Los Angeles?] 2:42 A.M.
Micro Pleads Nolo? After 24 hours, this is what Microsoft came up with in response to AOL's claim that Microsoft mistakenly routed millions of emails through a new server that didn't have proper security features:
"Hotmail customers have periodically been unable to send mail to AOL users due to issues in identifying legitimate mail. MSN and AOL identified the issue and collectively are working to resolve."
– Brooke Richardson, MSN Lead Product Manager
Photograph of John Kerry by Brian Snyder/Reuters.