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May 29, 2008

CNN Correspondent Blurts Out Some Truth Media

CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin, discussing Scott McClellan's new book on Anderson Cooper's show:

JESSICA YELLIN, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: When the lead-up to the war began, the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings.

And my own experience at the White House was that, the higher the president's approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives -- and I was not at this network at the time [she was at MSNBC] -- but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president.

I think, over time...

(CROSSTALK)

COOPER: You had pressure from news executives to put on positive stories about the president?

YELLIN: Not in that exact -- they wouldn't say it in that way, but they would edit my pieces. They would push me in different directions. They would turn down stories that were more critical and try to put on pieces that were more positive, yes. That was my experience.

I'm shocked. Shocked.

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Buy Wind Energy  Peak Oil

Oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens just bought $2 billion worth of wind turbines from GE. Sign of the times. The Street (via Cryptogon):

Mesa Power, a company run by well-known energy investor T. Boone Pickens, has ordered nearly 700 wind turbines from GE as part of its plans for a giant wind farm in Texas.

The company placed a $2 billion order for 667 turbines for the Pampa Wind Project, which will ultimately provide more than 4,000 megawatts of electricity, or enough for more than 1 million homes. The project will be completed in four phases.

Mesa will start getting the turbines in 2010 and 2011.

Pickens, who became rich in the fossil fuels game, has been interested in alternative energy for some time, and with oil prices hitting record highs above $125 a barrel, the audience for his message is growing. [...]

Warren Buffett, the head of Berkshire Hathaway and another of the nation's wealthiest investors, has also been investing in wind.

Handwriting on the wall.

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Doing Fine

My apologies for not posting lately, and my thanks to everyone who has inquired about my health and sent well wishes. It has meant a lot to me.

I'm doing fine. I finished my chemo two weeks ago today, and I generally got off pretty easy. Some people have a very rough time with chemo, but other than the first few days following each treatment, I've generally been feeling pretty good. I'm bald as an egg, I've put on a few pounds around the middle, and my skin has looked better, but my energy level is good and I experienced only a little nausea along the way. And now it's over!

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May 06, 2008

Miscellany Peak Oil  Politics

BookForum has a lengthy excerpt from Rick Perlstein's new book, Nixonland. For anyone who remembers 1972 and the McGovern campaign, it's a fascinating read.

Meanwhile, oil hit $122 a barrel today. It's remarkable how little talk there is in the mainstream, still, about the permanence of the trends that have brought this about. It's as if people think it's a temporary blip — a little gas tax holiday and it'll all blow over.

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Tuesday Gumpagraph Gumpagraphs
 
Today's Gumpagraph. Kent is 'Gumpa' to his grandson Sebastian.
© Kent Tenney 

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Today's Bush Joke Humor & Fun

I don't know if you're aware of this. We just passed a big milestone yesterday. True story. Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of President Bush's speech in front of the "Mission Accomplished" banner. Yeah, to celebrate, today, President Bush gave a speech in front of a banner that said "Economic Recession Over." — Conan O'Brien

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