A Racially Charged Version of Laci Peterson

June 24, 2007

CNN’s obsession with missing white women has been well documented, but this latest missing woman-turned-murder story is really the perfect storm. Laci Peterson already proved the durability of the “murdered pregnant woman” narrative. That’s a tacit nod to the pro-lifers who celebrate the notion of talking about an unborn baby by name on the TV. I think there’s also another unspoken element to this story, though, as the images of tonight’s coverage have made clear. Here is what the victim looks like.


pregnant lady who was killed

And here is what her alleged killer and the father of her child looks like.


alleged killer of pregnant lady

As they say, two pictures worth many more words. In case you were wondering why this particular missing person case, of the many that occur in the United States on an ongoing basis, has received so much media attention, that’s my theory.


“It’s Game Time”

May 9, 2007

That’s what Big Time is telling the Iraqis on the umpteenth “surprise” visit by an administration official.

The senior administration official summarized Cheney’s message: “We’ve got to pull together. We’ve got to get this work done. It’s game time.”

An important topic on Cheney’s agenda is to persuade the Iraqi Parliament to forgo its planned two-month recess. The Bush administration is pushing for members to keep working on legislation, such as a measure on oil revenues.

Setting aside that using an idiomatic American expression may not be the best way to communicate with foreigners, the push to keep the Iraqi Parliament in session during July and August makes sense. Otherwise, the alleged September deadline that we’re hearing about will be hard to meet (not that many in the liberal blogosphere think it will be met anyway).

Maybe, though, setting a timetable for withdrawal of US troops is a better way to convince the Iraqi government that “it’s game time” and that they need to get things in order. It’s not like these people have never had meetings with Dick Cheney before.

Lou Dobbs Should Read the Newspaper

May 2, 2007

For some reason I was feeling masochistic and decided to read a Lou Dobbs screed about (what else?) the May Day immigration rallies. He says the following.

I’ll bet you know about the illegal alien amnesty marches, but I don’t know of a single news organization, electronic or print that pointed out that May 1 is America’s Law Day.

A little indie rag known as the Washington Post ran this column yesterday on its op-ed page. Those of us who are proficient at finding stuff on the interwebs  can easily find plenty of what Dobbs calls “electronic news organizations” that gave Law Day some attention. But don’t let that get in the way of your predetermined views!

Here’s a dog-bites-man story about LAPD brutality against minorities yesterday.

The Worst Shooting in American History

April 17, 2007


Condolences to the victims’ friends and families.

There are tons of questions. The one I keep coming back to is how one guy could kill so many people. How is it that no one stopped him until he had shot 60+ victims? We’ll learn more details over time, obviously, but if people are being lined up for execution, as supposedly they were, and it’s one guy doing the shooting, why not try to overpower him as a group?

The New York Times is already calling for tighter gun control.

Sympathy was not enough at the time of Columbine, and eight years later it is not enough. What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.

If this event doesn’t bring about stricter gun laws, it’s hard to imagine what will. The NRA is very powerful, though, and these will be interesting days and weeks ahead.

Valerie Plame Wison on Capitol Hill

March 16, 2007

She didn’t have anything to say that we didn’t already know, really. It was more about the spectacle of having this woman, about whom we’ve heard so much, speak in a congressional hearing and tell the story herself.

She revealed little new information about the case, which sparked a federal investigation and brought perjury and obstruction of justice convictions of Vice President Dick Cheney‘s former top aide, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. No one has been charged with leaking her identity.

Still, Plame’s appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was a moment of political theater that dramatized Democrats’ drive to use their control of Congress to expose what they see as White House efforts to intimidate dissenters.

Friday’s hearing showed the intense interest in Plame, who drew autograph-seekers and camera-toting congressional aides to a hearing on an otherwise quiet morning.

The most interesting thing in the video above might be the woman in the pink shirt you can see behind Wilson. On her shirt are written the words “Impeach Bush Now.” How do those people manage to get themselves placed for the cameras? And why does CNN feel compelled to show us the exterior of the Capitol and the White House on the side of the screen during these events?