Journalism’s Dog Days Meltdown

Have all those Republican US Attorneys Generals, (the ones who are appointed by the President and not State Attorneys General who are elected) who caused a big fuss in the past, been replaced? 

Earlier this year, this columnist did a bit of fact checking online to learn what had happened to the Bush appointees.  A quick random search indicated that in January, before President Obama was inaugurated, those folks were given an extension into the new President’s term in office which was to last until they were either replaced or until early August of 2009.  A search as this column is being written shows that tracking down the information online would be a long tedious task.  Doing a Google News search to learn about any new replacements was inconclusive.  Have they been replaced or have they been grandfathered into a longer stay?

Times up!  If you can’t say right now, then you may never know.

If the New York Times and/or the Washington Post haven’t updated the saga of the Bush Posse residing in the various US Attorneys General offices across the land, then surely some of the top bloggers will (as they did with the original story) send up a collective howl that will force the mainstream media to get the Republican talking points concerning either the new appointees or the extension of the incumbents’ tour of duty.

Sure, this columnist could put in a week or two of nothing but online fact checking and, perhaps, come up with something that either:  a) confirms his worst suspicions or b) results in a list of the new replacements. 

Either result won’t do a darn thing to diminish the nations’ top journalists pride in their own efforts to keep freedom of the press a valued American tradition.  What anyone else does is irrelevant to those pretty people.

If they don’t get around to updating the attorneys general story this weekend, it’s only because they are so busy, with all the staff cuts and such, that they just couldn’t do it and rush the details of the new Supreme Court Justice story to their audiences. 

Then they are also busy helping their Republican sources spread the Astroturf movement to disrupt townhall meetings, reporting the comparisons of President Obama to Hitler, and the departure of Paula Abdul from American Idol.  Yikes!  There’s only 24 hours in each day and they can only cover a finite amount of news in that time period, so it seems that if they pass on the attorneys general updates, it would be very understandable.

Heck if the Talking Points Memo website broke the story originally shouldn’t they be the ones responsible for an update?

If Bush’s appointees manage to hold on to their jobs, do Americans really care?  They don’t seem to be too concerned with the 18 “enduring” bases in Iraq, the growing level of conflict in Afghanistan, and/or the possibility that many folks in countries around the world regard former president George W. Bush as an unindicted war criminal, so why should they care about a bunch of Republican sinecures?  

For those trolls who would like to challenge the statement that folks in other counties consider George W. Bush a war criminal, if you don’t believe it, then go to the Kings Cross section of Sydney in Australia (one of the U. S. most loyal allies – they have sent troops to every conflict which America has fought in the last 110 years) go into a locals bar (such as the Vegas) and proclaim your endorsement of the 43rd President and then see if you can get out of there without getting into an altercation.  Good luck.

Earlier this week this columnist heard Thom Hartman speak at the Santa Monica Public Library.  He raised several fascinating topics, such as Coral Peru, and mentioned in passing that the Muslim culture holds revenge as one of their social obligations.  He quickly added that it was ominous to note that since dozens (perhaps in the hundreds) of Iraqi and Afghanistani families have lost members due to the inadvertent collateral damage resulting from American air strikes, the war may continued until those disgruntle Muslims inflict their retaliatory damage on Americans. 

For folks who claim that the number of causalities in Iraq may be above a million, that tends to indicate that the two wars may have (like the ones in George Orwell’s 1984) become permanent perpetual conflicts.  Yikes!  Just think of the negative effect an eternal state of war would have on the “Peace on Earth” ceremonies at Yuletide.

Journalists are into the “dog days” and doing stories about other more “upbeat” topics such as the flood of tourists who are parading up and down the Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach.  Should we do a column exploring the back-story of what and why and how the Bondi Beach Café wound up being situated just a quarter of a block away from the aforementioned Ocean Front Walk?  Is it time to go there and do a restaurant review?

Would it be worth the effort to do all the work necessary, if it turns out that United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (case 09-56073) really does result in a continuation of the saga of the first instance in American jurisprudence where a citizen, according to his supporters, has been <a href =>denied the writ of habius corpus</a>?  Yeah, it would be a biggie just because of the “first” aspect, but there would be a lot of work involved and wouldn’t more people want to read about the fortieth anniversary of Woodstock than plow through all the legalese that would be required to explain the intricacies of California’s <a href =>SBX 2 11</a> (enacted on Feb. 8) and how that applies to one lawyer who was disbarred? 

Isn’t it time for Tim Russert’s son to be promoted to appear on-air relaying Republican talking points to voters?

Which is more important for an obscure blogger:  doing the New York Times job for them or working on a good tan?  If you haven’t read any updates about the Bush appointees and their replacements, don’t send me any complaints and don’t send any to the public editor at the New York Times, either, because they only want letters about stories they have written.  They don’t want you bugging him with complaints about stories they haven’t written.  Don’t worry about it.  They’ll probably get another Pulitzer Prize next year for something.  So, don’t fret about a journalism meltdown.

Republican Attorneys General?  America’s first political prisoner?  Maybe it would be best to go up to San Francisco and report on the status of Donald Fisher’s art collection (or the whereabouts of the Beatmobile)?

Mark Twain said “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

Now, the disk jockey will play the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City.”  We’ll go get some suntan lotion and (perhaps) see you on the Venice Beach?  Have a “hang ten” (wasn’t that the final score at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial?) week.


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