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I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This and that for your average activist --

Confusing similarities clarified -- Change.org, a website filled with ways activists can get involved in good causes all around the world, vs. Change.gov, the Obama-Biden Transition team's official website, vs. BarackObama.com, his old campaign website, now offering "Your Ticket To History," a chance to donate $5 and perhaps get a ticket to the Inauguration.

What about Politico? Does it offer a good source of news for someone interested in valid information?
  1. The progressive blogosphere has an ongoing debate about whether Politico.com is "too Republican." I have that same debate with myself every day as I open their e-mail newsletter. For example, Alexander Burns' "Top 10 people we'll miss in 2009" (12/30/08) is illustrated with an AP photo of Dick Cheney. But the piece profiles both Dems and Repubs in a pretty even-handed way, some of whom happen to be my own favorites, too. So I guess I'll keep my subscription for another week or so.

  2. Upon closer inspection of Politico, it seems that it is the small details that are subtle labels/flags and attention-getters that bother me most. Here is a a perfect example of their conflict-ridden news style. "Protests interrupt Obama's paradise." It is a story about a few women displaying signs along his route in Hawaii. They in no way appear to be antagonistic, but only seem to want to express their views, something that our president-elect campaigned for. To quote from the story:
". . . about 10 protesters gathered near the security checkpoint down the street.

It is the first time Obama has received anything but praise and cheers during his 12-day Hawaiian vacation, which ends on Thursday.

Some of the demonstrators carried signs declaring “War is Terror" and "Free Palestine.”

. . . They even had a press release that said, “We call on President-elect Obama to place the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the top of his list of priorities of his new administration.”

The larger protest story, and probably more significant because it counts thousands of genuine protesters around the globe, comes from today's Common Dreams Newsletter: "Protesters Worldwide Keep Up Pressure Over Gaza." The situation in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza seems to have galvanized activists in a way that has not happened since the conflict in Lebanon. Meanwhile, the United States government feels as if it is in limbo. I wonder if it feels that way to the rest of the world?

View my current slide show about the Bush years -- "Millennium" -- at the bottom of this column.

(Cross-posted at The Reaction.)

My “creativity and dreaming” post today is at Making Good Mondays.

2 comments:

betmo said...

i took politico out of my google reader. i did mcclatchey for awhile too- they got right wing and weird. some of their stories still read like a national enquirers mag. i can't stomach fox news at all- i want news not propaganda. the left certainly has their leftist news propaganda too- and while i read them or watch olbermann- i still go to as reliable news sources as i can.

have a safe and happy new year's eve my friend. my new year's day is january 20 :)

Carol Gee said...

Happy New Year (in advance of your 20th date, of course).
I have always admired your capacity for limiting your stressors. We could all take a page out of your book of how to be more mindful and "choice-full" in what we put in our own heads.
I am having black-eyed peas for lunch today, a Texas tradition guaranteed to bring good luck in the coming year.
Thanks for stopping in, my friend.