February 22, 2008

Couldn’t Help But Notice (022208)

CNN = Castro News Network. Sources: Michael Graham, Babalu Blog, NewsBusters.

Never forget this e-mail, which Babalu got hold of in full:

From: Flexner, Allison
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:46 AM
To: *CNN Superdesk (TBS)
Cc: Neill, Morgan; Darlington, Shasta
Subject: Castro guidance

Some points on Castro – for adding to our anchor reads/reporting:
* Please say in our reporting that Castro stepped down in a letter he wrote to Granma (the communist party daily), as opposed to in a letter attributed to Fidel Castro. We have no reason to doubt he wrote his resignation letter, he has penned numerous articles over the past year and a half.
* Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.
* Also the Cuban government blames a lot of Cuba’s economic problems on the US embargo, and while that has caused some difficulties, (far less so than the collapse of the Soviet Union) the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices. Some analysts would say the US embargo was a benefit to Castro politically – something to blame problems on, by what the Cubans call “the imperialist,” meddling in their affairs.
* While despised by some, he is seen as a revolutionary hero, especially with leftist in Latin America, for standing up to the United States.

Any questions, please call the international desk.


Just like CNN’s Eason Jordan in Iraq while Saddam Hussein ruled: Access at any price. They’ve learned nothing. Heck, they actually think they’re doing the right thing.

Graham asks: “Gee, I wonder if a similar email went out at CNN when Ronald Reagan died?”


Virtual non-news from Pakistan — Islamist parties that gave free rein to the Taliban were ousted (HT AJ Strata) in the just-completed elections. A Google News search last night using the first sentence of the artci reported 128 articles; a story really isn’t getting wide coverage unless it’s getting hundreds more articles than that. I don’t believe the TV nets have touched it at all.


ABC News/WaPo Poll, via AP — About nine days after polling with a high-teens lead, Hillary Clinton is now up by only 7 (50-43) in Ohio over the candidate I often refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama).

Oh, and Texas is a dead heat (HT Hot Air).

I believe Mrs. Clinton will lose by at least 5 in both states on March 4. Double-digit losses will not surprise me.


An interesting perspective from Charlie Martin at Pajamas Media on the national debt (go to link for related graph):

Put it into individual terms: for a family of four, this puts their share of the national wealth at around $1.2 million, and their share of the national debt at about $648 thousand; or, just to make the comparison more glaring, about $0.648 million.

Even potentially more interesting, look at where the inflection points happened: the national net worth started to decline as the recession start(ed), in 2000, along with the .com bust. When does it start to go up again? At about the time the Bush tax cuts came into full effect.

What else happened about that time? Why, the Iraq War, of course. So, somehow with all the expenses of the war and all, national net worth is increasing, and has been since the war started.

Remember this the next time someone tells you how the Iraq War is sapping our national wealth.

That’s a little too flip for me, but there is an important nugget of truth in here. Asset values are based largely on expectations. To the extent that terrorists are defeated (or are at least kept at comfortable distance and/or thwarted in their attempts to do harm), and the homeland is kept safe (and, where it’s in our interests, keep other parts of the world accessible), our military props up asset values, and the economy. If we ever had a couple of additional “successful” terrorist attacks on US soil, and coupled that with an ongoing belief that occasional “successes” will continue to occur indefinitely, you would see asset values nosedive.

I do think the national debt has been allowed to grow way too large, and that it needs to be seriously dealt with. But Martin is correct that focusing on net worth is important. Especially because our national debt is so high/too high, we can’t afford to blow it overseas, as a war loss-driven major decline in asset values could wipe out the net worth.

Those who want to point out that there are billions in entitlement liabilities over and above the national debt Martin dealt with only make the point that asset values need to be propped up by any reasonable means that much stronger.

That should give the bring-’em-all-home crowd something to chew on for at least a few seconds.


Thanks, NYT – Allah at Hot Air believes this about the pitiful attack piece on McCain from the New York Times:

So lame is the story, and so heavy the backlash among conservatives — but not exclusively conservatives — that they probably ended up doing Maverick a favor by running it.

Agree. Don’t call “our” baby ugly unless he really is. (We can point to a few examples of that on our own, thank-you-very-much.)

Thanks, Gray Lady.



  1. [...] – Cuba/Castro/Clinton News Network A interesting internal email has surfaced – well, interesting only in the fact that is re-affirms the CNN bias: From: Flexner, [...]

    Pingback by CNN - Cuba/Castro/Clinton News Network « Colorado Right — February 22, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  2. Regarding the CNN Castro email, I recall term papers in school assigned with much fewer stipulations. Obviously, CNN reporters don’t report, they regurgitate.

    Comment by Mike Pechar — February 22, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

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