More Developments in the World of Same-Sex Coupling
In other news Cole Wakefield was quick to point out that, one day after Canada legalized gay marriage, Spain followed suit.
Note: I'll be playing piano and performing an original church song at Belmont's 8:15 service next week. Maybe I'll have the fortune of performing for one or both of the Brothers Henry.
Secondly, I have to take issue with an NPR story on Voice of America (VOA) broadcasting that is critical of Bush Administration appointee Kenneth Tomlinson, who oversees VOA. The piece insinuates that Tomlinson and those he has hired are manipulating news reports to make them favorable to administration policies. You'll have to listen to the segment and draw your own conclusions, but I felt the examples given were weak. For example, I think that getting the postal service up and running in Iraq is newsworthy, even if the New York Times and Washington Post didn't cover it; and I VOA's 2004 coverage of the Iraqi Postal Service was not exactly a pat-Bush-and-Rummy-on-the-back type of report. If anything, the success of the postal system was portrayed as one bright spot amid the darkness of chaos. Given NPR's current problems with Tomlinson, who Bush apppointed as the Board Chair for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), I get the feeling that NPR is grasping for straws to make Tomlinson look like the bad guy. Tomlinson might not be the right guy to chair the CPB, but not because of any issues raised by the VOA story.
Of course, the Bushies are not above manipulating news for their own purposes (read: Maggie Gallagher, Armstrong Williams, and James Guckert). Still, NPR's report on Tomlinson lacks substance.
So in one post, I'm praising Tucker Carlson and defending the Bush Administration. What's happening to me?
Well, in other news, there are still plenty of reasons to be critical of the President and his administration, as these sinking approval ratings suggest.
And, even though I like what Carlson has done with the new show, this clip of his spat with Jon Stewart is still good for a laugh.