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TV News People 'Thank God' for Conservative-Bashing Author
CNSNEWS.com ^ | 6/04/04 | Marc Morano

Posted on 06/04/2004 2:38:51 AM PDT by kattracks

Washington (CNSNews.com) - Former conservative author-turned-liberal activist David Brock, whose new book and website are devoted to denouncing conservative media outlets, says network news personalities have privately praised him and told him, "Thank God you are doing this..."

Brock, the author of The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy, told an audience of several hundred fellow liberal activists about off-the-air exchanges he has had with network news hosts.

Brock spoke Thursday in Washington at the "Take Back America" conference, which is billed as a gathering of progressive activists.

"In the past few weeks -- as I have been on some of these TV shows, either talking about my book or about [my website] MediaMatters.org -- I have been -- off air -- been told by network talent: 'Thank God you are doing this because we can't do it -- because James Dobson can send an e-mail and turn NBC upside down,'" Brock said. Dobson is the conservative Christian leader of Focus on the Family.

Brock did not specify which "network talent" had praised him. Brock recently has appeared on numerous network news programs promoting his book, including a May 18th interview with Katie Couric on NBC's Today show.

"I think they (network news outlets) are afraid," Brock said. Brock made the comments while participating in a panel discussion called "Challenging the Right: Message and Media."

Brock said that the timidity of the "mainstream media" has allowed unprecedented growth of conservative media outlets.

"For a long time, the mainstream media has not stood up. They've essentially allowed Fox [News Channel] to happen. They do not cover [Rush] Limbaugh -- he is a serious political figure in this country -- they don't write about what he says," Brock said.

Brock is president of the new media watchdog website MediaMatters.org, which is demanding that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld remove Limbaugh's radio show from "taxpayer-funded American Forces Radio."

Brock described how "organized right-wing groups" help shape the "mainstream media's" news coverage.

"There has been organized pressure of organized right-wing groups where they systematically complain to mainstream media institutions about what they see that they consider to be biased," Brock said.

"This is a funded activity, and over the years it has had an effect. It has moved --- not just Fox [News Channel] -- it has moved the GE cable channels, etc., [to the right]" he added.

Brock said he believes that the best way to reduce the impact of conservative talk radio and Internet sites on the "mainstream media" is to expose it and hold the networks accountable.

"When CNN cites a report from the Drudge Report -- and this happened -- if they are called out [on it], they will think twice the next time," he said.

Brokaw, Jennings, Rather called 'right of center'


Former Clinton administration Chief of Staff John Podesta told CNSNews.com there is no liberal bias in the media.

"If there is a liberal bias, I can't find it any longer," Podesta said in an interview with CNSNews.com following the panel discussion. Podesta currently serves as president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.

According to Podesta, the network news anchors -- NBC's Tom Brokaw, ABC's Peter Jennings and CBS's Dan Rather -- can now be considered conservatives.

"Over the course of the years, they may have actually tipped a little bit to the right of center," Podesta said.

Podesta agreed with the premise of Brock's new book that conservative media outlets are "corrupting democracy."

"I think when you get so distant from the facts as guys like Limbaugh or Sean Hannity do, I think that tends to corrupt the dialogue," Podesta said.

Podesta also took a jab at Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly when an audience member asked about the possibility of filing lawsuits against news outlets that "propagate direct lies."

Podesta responded, "What about television? It's time to sue Bill O'Reilly." The crowd of liberal activists showed their approval by erupting in applause.

'Knife you in the back'


The wife of Hollywood actor and liberal activist Ed Asner addressed the conference, denouncing conservative talk radio in general and radio host Sean Hannity in particular.

Cindy Asner told the audience during a question-and-answer session that she feels betrayed by some conservative talk radio hosts. Asner described how liberals have been lured in as guests on conservative programs only to have the hosts later turn on them and distort their comments.

"[The host] turns around and knifes you in the back," Asner said.

Asner specifically singled out Hannity as not treating her husband fairly. "Ed goes on the air and then [afterward Hannity] invites the audience in and criticizes everything he says and then turns it completely around and before you know it, is all over the air with some impossible lie which is really detrimental to us," Asner said.

After the panel discussion ended, Asner told CNSNews.com that all her husband desires is a "fair hearing" on Hannity's program.

"You want to be able to say your full say, not be interrupted, not have your mike turned down and then when you go off the air you don't want them to badger you," Asner said.

Asner said she has voiced her complaints about what she considers to be her husband's mistreatment directly to Hannity and she said the radio talk show host "denies it."

Asner could not readily explain the appeal or the success of conservative talk radio. "It's not just a simple matter, it is a highly complex issue," she said.

She also dismissed the notion of a "liberal bias" in the media. "It's an absolute fallacy because they have to answer to their corporate bosses and they are all owned by corporations and the corporations are not liberals," she said.

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KEYWORDS: asner; bias; brock; cindyasner; davidbrock; edasner; exconservative; hannity; johnpodesta; media; mediabias; progressiveliberal; seanhannity
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1 posted on 06/04/2004 2:38:51 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

corection that is god with a little "g".


2 posted on 06/04/2004 2:40:43 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 (saved by GRACE and GRACE alone)
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To: kattracks
These people are delusional. Jennings right-of-center? Maybe on Bizarro world!

Nice of Ed Asner to hide behind his wife's skirt, too. Whatta man!
3 posted on 06/04/2004 2:42:08 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: kattracks
Be careful of the brown acid.

REPEAT.

Be careful of the brown acid.

4 posted on 06/04/2004 2:50:19 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: kattracks
These boneheads, in this article, do not add a tinkle of specifics that support their presuppositions .
5 posted on 06/04/2004 3:03:34 AM PDT by demlosers
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To: kattracks

They don't get that the hate America, blame America politics of victimhood are OVER!!!


6 posted on 06/04/2004 3:04:54 AM PDT by tkathy (nihilism: absolute destructiveness toward the world at large and oneself)
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To: demlosers
"Brock did not specify which "network talent" had praised him"

He doesn't have to...we know who they are. And he calls them cowards, but we know that too!!! Hiding behind their cowardly "progressive" label...give me a break.

7 posted on 06/04/2004 3:10:54 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: kattracks

But the funniest thing of all...they lament the success of capitalism. Trashing Rush and Sean is such a whine!


8 posted on 06/04/2004 3:13:38 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: demlosers
"This is a funded activity"

David, please prove it! You can't because that is another lie.

9 posted on 06/04/2004 3:14:07 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kattracks

They were Kucinich supporters. What do we expect?

10 posted on 06/04/2004 3:16:43 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kattracks

What a world of lies and delusion these people live in.


11 posted on 06/04/2004 3:20:32 AM PDT by jaime1959
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To: kattracks
According to Podesta, the network news anchors -- NBC's Tom Brokaw, ABC's Peter Jennings and CBS's Dan Rather -- can now be considered conservatives.

According to Podesta (key word here folks)... hell this guy was the Chief of obfuscation for the Clinton Lie Machine, of course he tells the sheeple that the alphabet networks are conservative. Hell, in his opinion, Algore is conservative!

This guy is so far LEFT, Lennin is a right winger!

12 posted on 06/04/2004 3:20:43 AM PDT by Chieftain (To all who serve and support those who serve - thank you!)
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To: kcvl
This is a funded activity

It's called capitalism, get over it ya socialist POS. It's filling a burning NEED for the truth.

13 posted on 06/04/2004 3:22:07 AM PDT by listenhillary (The media and DNC have joined the terrorists and declared war on the USA.)
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To: jaime1959

We should listen to these people because? They make no sense whatsoever. They are nothing but a bunch of loonies with too much time on their hands. They should really mind their own business. If I want to watch Fox News & listen to Rush Limbaugh that is MY BUSINESS. It is NONE of theirs! It seems that I am not alone according to their ratings. If "Air America" is any indication of their views I guess no one wants to listen to their ideas.

14 posted on 06/04/2004 3:27:32 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kattracks
"For a long time, the mainstream media has not stood up. They've essentially allowed Fox [News Channel] to happen. They do not cover [Rush] Limbaugh -- he is a serious political figure in this country -- they don't write about what he says," Brock said.

If the lamestream media wrote about the things Rush talked about, A) he wouldn't be nearly as big of an influence and B) they wouldn't be lame.

There is no way the lamestream media will write more about what Rush says. This is why Rush, FNC, etc., have had such an opening. These Liberal fools really just don't understand.

15 posted on 06/04/2004 3:29:54 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (hoplophobia is a mental aberration rather than a mere attitude)
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To: Chieftain
The PEW Survey must still be stinging. Bitten by one of their own, huh? Wait, they didn't report it did they? Nor did they report the oil for food scandal, new Iraqi leader thanking the Americans for their sacrifices, the Iraqis that received prosthetic hands to replace the ones Saddam goons cut off. No coverage of the 300,000 Iraqi men women and children being exhumed from mass graves. No coverage of Saddam's home study course in tongue removal and D.I.Y. amputation training videos. Nah! no bias that I can see!!!

Slam at Drudge - He was the only source reporting the MONICA jazz festival wasn't he? Of course none of those hits he gets on his site are from any media sources, they wouldn't dare!! He's the tootsie roll in the punch bowl that they all stare at in horror.

16 posted on 06/04/2004 3:33:27 AM PDT by listenhillary (The media and DNC have joined the terrorists and declared war on the USA.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

BTW, I heard that Wavy Gravy is a Republican now.


17 posted on 06/04/2004 3:38:35 AM PDT by oblomov (In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.)
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To: kattracks
"It's an absolute fallacy because they have to answer to their corporate bosses and they are all owned by corporations and the corporations are not liberals," she said.

Corporations, like Michael Moore, live to make money. It just so happens that the best way for these particular media giants to make money is by pushing the progressive agenda to a bunch of couch potato nitwits.

BTW - What media award did the 'Clinton Chronicles' documentary win ? The making of that documentary took 'real' cajones.

18 posted on 06/04/2004 3:42:47 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: kattracks

"Brock did not specify which "network talent" had praised him"

This must be a lefty affliction like tourettes or something. It sounds too eerily similar to Jeffink's pronouncement of foreign leaders secretly wanting him to win.
Please give so we can find a cure for this malady.


19 posted on 06/04/2004 3:58:48 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: YaYa123

I suspect these unnamed "news" people are related to the foreign leaders who support Kerry.


20 posted on 06/04/2004 3:58:51 AM PDT by aardvark1 (You can't have everything...where would you put it? --Steven Wright)
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To: kattracks
What scum. If Rush or Hannity lied about anything they would be flayed. These clowns lie about everything. Liberals like playing the victim. For example, Asner is a committed socialist/communist. He has a specific agenda and often refuses to answer questions but uses these appearances to make speeches. If he doesn't like the venue why does he go back? To make those speeches.
The media bias is huge and undeniably liberal. They distort facts, leave facts out, and cherry pick the news to push their agenda. The coverage of Iraq and the economy is proof enough.
Talk radio and the web are where people are getting news. This and the rise of Fox news is because we are tired of being lied to by these socialists.
21 posted on 06/04/2004 4:01:00 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (Liberals are proof that public education has failed.)
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To: kattracks

Liberals are liars. It's what they do for a living.


22 posted on 06/04/2004 4:13:06 AM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: IrishCatholic

The ridiculous comment by brock about FOXNews is so arrogant! They "allowed" Fox to "happen." Yeah right. We the People seek the truth and we found it on Fox. To the lying liberal looney left: piss the hell off!


23 posted on 06/04/2004 4:29:30 AM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: kattracks

Brokaw and Jennings are conservative? I don't think so. These people are complete idiots.


24 posted on 06/04/2004 4:44:48 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: IrishCatholic
Talk radio and the web are where people are getting news.

Mrs. Marauder frequently finds something in the local newspaper and comments about it, only to find that I've already read about it on Free Republic the night before.

25 posted on 06/04/2004 4:45:37 AM PDT by Marauder (Liberal democRats use words the way a squid uses ink.)
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To: oblomov

Who is Wavy Gravy?


26 posted on 06/04/2004 4:46:26 AM PDT by Bennett46
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

David Brock is a well known liar. If he had named someone, which I doubt he could, their denial would be believed over anything he could say.


27 posted on 06/04/2004 4:50:04 AM PDT by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU, I trust this post will make you sick)
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To: kattracks

Did Brock hand out whining towels? I think I hear sad violin music in the background. Any Shakespeare actors in long robes roaming the meeting hall crying "Woe is us!"


28 posted on 06/04/2004 4:54:56 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Gen. Custer wore an Arrowsmith shirt to his last property owner convention.)
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To: kattracks

And david Brock will also pass away, too


29 posted on 06/04/2004 4:59:44 AM PDT by The Wizard (Democrats: enemies of America)
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To: Marauder

I thought Brokaw etal were suppose to be news anchors but often blur the line. Seems Rush, Hannity etc are commentators and freely admit it.


30 posted on 06/04/2004 5:01:01 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls - Proof that when the Main Stream Media wants your opinion, they will give it to you)
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To: oblomov
Wavy Gravy (R)
31 posted on 06/04/2004 5:05:21 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: kattracks
Brock, the author of The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy, told an audience of several hundred fellow liberal activists about off-the-air exchanges he has had with network news hosts.

How do we know he didn't mean foreign leaders?

32 posted on 06/04/2004 5:05:25 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: kattracks

Whistling past the graveyard.


33 posted on 06/04/2004 5:05:35 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage
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To: FreedomPoster

It is the "LIEberal lamestream media."

Please make the necessary adjustment in future posts.

LOL! These guys 'n gals just don't get it, do they? Just about the time they thought the battle was over for the hearts and minds of the Sheeple, Rush, Hannity, Boortz et al rallied the troops and now we conservatives have them reeling against the ropes.

Tell you what, lets kickem while they are down. With any luck (and if, and only if, we work our butts off!), the November election will signal the end of LIEberalism as a serious contender for the national conscience.


34 posted on 06/04/2004 5:17:49 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: kattracks
Brock is desperately searching for legitimacy.

His article on Clinton when he was writing for (I think) American Spectator was wrong about Paula Jones. This directly started the Paula Jones case, which indirectly led to Monica, which led to impeachment.

In the meantime the little butt thumper, David, fell in "love" with the rear end of Neal Lattimore ... Hillary's press secretary. As a result, he pulled his punches in his book on Hillary and almost caused the bankruptcy of his publisher.

35 posted on 06/04/2004 5:21:53 AM PDT by ikka
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To: kattracks

Anyone who thinks that the mainstream media does not have a left-wing bias at least when it comes to the contentious social issues of the day (gay marriage, guns, racial preferences, immigration, abortion, etc)is crazy. Diane Sawyer was nearly jumping with joy after Mass began marrying homosexuals against the wishes of the people of even that liberal state.

I will give Katie Couric one small bit of credit, however, for her interview of Brock. She actually did question Brock about most in the press holding liberal views on social issues like abortion, affirmative action, etc. He had no answer to it, and Couric did not follow-up, but at least she made the point, which surprised me seeing as how she is clearly a leftwinger.


36 posted on 06/04/2004 5:34:30 AM PDT by Aetius
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To: Bennett46

He was the announcer at Woodstock. He was the guy who famously announced "Do not eat the brown acid" to the crowd.


37 posted on 06/04/2004 5:48:12 AM PDT by oblomov (In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.)
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To: kattracks

Well, at least they backed up their contention with solid facts...


38 posted on 06/04/2004 5:50:35 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: kattracks

LOLOL....guess Brock's been to the same restaurants as ketchup boy!!!


39 posted on 06/04/2004 5:56:39 AM PDT by OldFriend (LOSERS quit when they are tired/WINNERS quit when they have won)
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To: kattracks

The denial in which this people live is remarkable. What color is the sky in their world?


40 posted on 06/04/2004 5:57:19 AM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: YaYa123
"Brock did not specify which "network talent" had praised him"

My guess is the new gay network from MTV?

41 posted on 06/04/2004 6:07:29 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: kattracks

The left-wing media (and their deviant shills) bemoan their loss of a monopoly on the "news". Too bad for them, we have "moved on" from their propaganda. Just don't tell them -- a day of accounting is coming.


42 posted on 06/04/2004 6:09:15 AM PDT by Faraday
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To: kattracks

Ed Asner had a horrible interview on Hannity a several months ago. Sean made him look like a mule. Sounds like he's still bitter about it.


43 posted on 06/04/2004 6:12:07 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: kattracks
"The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy"

That's it, it ruins democracy that people are allowed to voice an opinion that is not liberal.

/sarcasm

44 posted on 06/04/2004 6:29:29 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (Liberals have the inverse midas touch, everything they get a hold of turns to S&*%)
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To: kattracks
because James Dobson can send an e-mail and turn NBC upside down,'"

Well I wish he would then.

45 posted on 06/04/2004 6:30:20 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (Liberals have the inverse midas touch, everything they get a hold of turns to S&*%)
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To: kattracks

"Brock did not specify which "network talent" had praised him. Brock recently has appeared on numerous network news programs promoting his book, including a May 18th interview with Katie Couric on NBC's Today show."


Is this not eerily similar to Kerry's "secret world leaders" who "told" him that they would rather have him as president than President Bush?

Besides, why would he have to specify?


46 posted on 06/04/2004 6:34:32 AM PDT by SpinyNorman (Al Queda, Al Jazeera, Al Gore, Al Franken: the four horsemen of the Apocalypse)
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To: oblomov

wasn't he one of the merry pranksters?


47 posted on 06/04/2004 6:35:26 AM PDT by kallisti (the fastest way to end a war is to lose it.)
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To: kattracks
"I think when you get so distant from the facts as guys like Limbaugh or Sean Hannity do, I think that tends to corrupt the dialogue," Podesta said.

Podesta also took a jab at Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly when an audience member asked about the possibility of filing lawsuits against news outlets that "propagate direct lies."


How about an example?
48 posted on 06/04/2004 6:38:13 AM PDT by Vision (Always Faithful)
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To: kattracks
.....remove Limbaugh's radio show from "taxpayer-funded American Forces Radio."

OK, David, just as soon as NPR and PBS are defunded.

49 posted on 06/04/2004 6:38:19 AM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: kallisti

yes


50 posted on 06/04/2004 6:52:29 AM PDT by oblomov (In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.)
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