Tuesday, September 04, 2007

About that 2000 election, a new news site, and Cuba rumors

Fascinating tale from next month's Vanity Fair, by Evgenia Peretz: Going After Gore:
Al Gore couldn't believe his eyes: as the 2000 election heated up, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other top news outlets kept going after him, with misquotes ("I invented the Internet"), distortions (that he lied about being the inspiration for Love Story), and strangely off-the-mark needling, while pundits such as Maureen Dowd appeared to be charmed by his rival, George W. Bush. For the first time, Gore and his family talk about the effect of the press attacks on his campaign—and about his future plans—to the author, who finds that many in the media are re-assessing their 2000 coverage.

From's Yays and Nays blog: Book says Souter mulled resignation after Bush v. Gore.

In the Mahablog: We are all uninsured now:
The health insurance crisis is no longer just a matter of poor people, or the unemployed, being left uninsured. The health insurance crisis has spread to the middle class. If even a former Supreme Court justice is worried, it is spreading to higher-income citizens as well.
... in 1993, when the Clintons brought out their health care plan, the insurance industry’s “Harry and Louise” ads effectively frightened people to stick by the status quo. I had problems with the Clinton’s approach, but it’s interesting to me that the Right still speaks of it as a failure. It didn’t fail, because it was never tried. What is failing is the status quo.
The 2000 election connection? Read the first, raw, comment.

On another note, news of a new news site that is worth watching: Newser. Why is this news? Because it's brought to you by the folks that created Highbeam Research, where you can find news stories and magazine and journal articles from their archives, going a long way back. And this site has several new and interesting features, worth browsing. Note Newser's Top 100 News sources. Vanity Fair writes about Newser, too.

News is in the news these days, what with Google News adding stories from the AP, AFP and several other newswires. Speaking of Google News, worth mentioning (again) that they also have a news archive search.

In Miami, the blogs and news organizations have been having a field day with the rumors of Castro's death. For awhile there, you couldn't click on a Miami blog without some mention of the rumors. Poynter discusses the dilemma this creates for Miami newspapers, in Not Dead Yet.

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