Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Cruising the Web

With Congresswoman Jane Harman's husband buying Newsweek for $1 plus assuming the magazine's liabilities, customers should ask why they should pay five times that to buy it on the newsstand. How perfect that Newsweek is now being owned by a Democratic congresswoman's husband - can we now give up the pretense that the rag is anything besides being a Democratic mouthpiece?

No matter his new lows in Gallup, Andrew B. Wilson thinks that Obama is still continuing to reach new highs in the PSA Index - the Presidential Self-Adulation Index.

When civil-rights groups such as the NAACP and National Urban League come out condemning charter schools, you know that they have decided to fall down on the side of the teachers rather than the students. As Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West of Harvard point out, many charter schools serve minority populations and are increasingly popular among minorities. These organizations are ignoring the needs of the families who are crying out to get their children in the charter schools and out of the regular public schools.

Caroline May writes in the Daily Caller that, ten years after the 2000 election mess, we still are not guaranteeing that servicemen and women abroad are able to vote. And there is a lot of concern that the Justice Department is doing all they can to ensure that they get their ballots in time despite a law that was passed last year to do just that.

Joel Kotkin at newgeography looks at the new battle between states based by whether they want expanded federal handouts or want to keep the federal government from taking over their state and local prerogatives.

Patrick Leahy pushed for the financial reform bill, but now he's realized that there are penalties for rushing through a bill without reading it. He's come out against the FOIA exemption for the SEC that was slipped into the bill that he voted for. The Washington Examiner explains why it's so important to have the transparency over SEC that FOIA provides.

Get ready for more arguments about how the federal government needs to start bailing out the MSM. Lee Bollinger, whose name became famous in the affirmative action suits against the University of Michigan where was the head, and then who went on to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Columbia University, is now writing that the federal government needs to do something to help journalists. He figures that we should just follow the model of the BBC or NPR and PBS and extend that pattern towards newspapers and other journalistic institutions. After all, we have state-supported universities, why not have state-supported journalists? Great, just what we need - more NPRs and PBSs paid for by taxpayer dollars to spout the same liberal line you get from the vast majority of university professors. At least now, when the New York Times or Newsweek irritates me, I can vote with my pocketbook not to support them. Typical that a liberal like Bollinger thinks that the government needs to step in and change that.

4 comments:

tfhr said...

The Newsweak sale and the Bollinger story are perfect bookends for a collection of reasons why the free market must prevail. A useless, glossy rag like Newsweak failed in the hands of the WaPo. I'm not sure if Harmon's husband can do anything with it but that's the risk he has chosen to take. Bolinger wants to spread that risk to the taxpayer to save the sorry, failing MSM. If they were worth saving, investors would take the chance or consumers would buy what they're selling.

Of course the problem with most of these MSM weak sisters is that they sold out objectivity long ago and the Dems really don't need that many official or unofficial newsletters. Move to the right - find the center - there's plenty of demand there.

tfhr said...

Presidential Self-Adulation? PSA?

Yikes! The PSA I know is an alternative to the infamous latex glove enhanced "digital" exam, feared by over-40 males everywhere.

This PSA Index, sounds like the finger alright, but not the index finger.

Bachbone said...

I'm old enough to remember when Harman-Kardon was high end audio equipment costing big bucks. That's why miy stuff was by Teak, JBL, Radio Shack, etc.

Still, Newsweek's multimillion dollar yearly losses are not chump change, so Harman, if he was listening to "Bite Me" Biden's admonition to spread his wealth, probably bought it as a tax write-off as well as a vehicle to spread the Left's gospel.

I wouldn't trust Leahy any further than I trust Obama, about the FOIA or anything else. Cheney gave him excellent advice long ago.

The GOP could make winning election ads by simply showing Obama contradicting himself, praising himself and blaming everything on someone else, then putting up the words, "HAD ENOUGH YET?"

Ron K said...

" When civil-rights groups such as the NAACP and National Urban League come out condemning charter schools, you know that they have decided to fall down on the side of the teachers rather than the students. As Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West of Harvard point out, many charter schools serve minority populations and are increasingly popular among minorities. These organizations are ignoring the needs of the families who are crying out to get their children in the charter schools and out of the regular public schools. "

not a surprise - where were they when the DC voucher program took a hit and I'm sure the people in DC will continue to elect the Dems