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  • Clashing Over Clintons, Conason Compares Scarborough to Nazis

    05/20/2015 7:55:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary Clinton must be worried if she's willing to trot out a bottom-of-the-barrel dead-ender like Joe Conason to defend her. Conason slithered onto the Morning Joe set today and it didn't take him long--quoting Winston Churchill--to compare Joe Scarborough to Nazis. Even then, Conason couldn't tell the truth, claiming Churchill hadn't been referring to Nazis, when he explicitly had. View the video here.
  • RFK, Jr. Uses the F-Word

    07/27/2004 10:39:55 AM PDT · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 51 replies · 2,142+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7/27/04 | Byron York
    Boston, Mass — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., son of the late senator and nephew of the late president, told an audience in Cambridge, Mass. Monday that President Bush has brought fascism to America. Kennedy appeared at a forum, "Books, Politics, and the Culture War," sponsored by the Harvard Book Store and the Progressive Book Club. A longtime environmentalist, he delivered an extended criticism of the Bush administration's environmental policies before alleging that the president has, in effect, created a fascist system of government in America. "I was taught that Communism leads to dictatorship and that capitalism leads to democracy," Kennedy...
  • Joe Conason (Journ0list): The Racists Return

    08/10/2010 4:55:26 PM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies · 1+ views
    New York Observer ^ | August 10, 2010 | Joe Conason
    Among the most revealing aspects of life during the Obama presidency is the panoply of responses to a black family in the White House. What made so many of us proud of our country on Jan. 20, 2009, has increasingly provoked expressions of hatred from the far right. That is troubling, but not nearly as troubling as the behavior of conservatives who excuse, embolden or simply pretend to ignore the bigots surrounding them. Last spring, after unruly Tea Party protesters on Capitol Hill were accused of spewing racial epithets at civil rights hero John Lewis, an African-American congressman from Georgia,...
  • JournoList: 65 Names Confirmed (so far ...)

    07/21/2010 12:24:42 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 132 replies · 3+ views
    Source List Included | 07/212010 | BuckeyeTexan
    The following 65 names are confirmed members of the now-defunct JournoList listserv. 1. Ezra Klein 2. Dave Weigel 3. Matthew Yglesias 4. David Dayen 5. Spencer Ackerman 6. Jeffrey Toobin 7. Eric Alterman 8. Paul Krugman 9. John Judis 10. Eve Fairbanks 11. Mike Allen 12. Ben Smith 13. Lisa Lerer 14. Joe Klein 15. Brad DeLong 16. Chris Hayes 17. Matt Duss 18. Jonathan Chait 19. Jesse Singal 20. Michael Cohen 21. Isaac Chotiner 22. Katha Pollitt 23. Alyssa Rosenberg 24. Rick Perlstein 25. Alex Rossmiller 26. Ed Kilgore 27. Walter Shapiro 28. Noam Scheiber 29. Michael Tomasky 30....
  • Joe Conason Blames Earthquake Deaths on Tea Party 'Pandemic Mental Tic'

    03/05/2010 5:11:22 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies · 764+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 5, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    You want to know what caused all those earthquake deaths in Haiti as compared to Chile? A Tea Party mental disorder. That is the laughable premise put forward by Joe Conason in a supreme stretch. If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life — while right-wing ideology may kill you someday. For those of us unfamiliar with geological terminology, it may come as a shock that the Chilean quake, rated 8.8 on the Richter scale, was...
  • Conason: Don't Worry, Liberals--Obama Still Planning Radical Change

    11/27/2008 7:57:53 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies · 1,428+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Conason's column should be as chilling to conservatives as it is meant to be comforting to liberals. His message: don't be distracted by the centrist-seeming appointments Pres.-elect Obama has made to his economic team. He remains as committed as ever to his radical agenda. Conason's commentary appears this morning at Rasmussen Reports. Key lines [emphasis added]: "[W]hen liberals point to Summers and other members of the Obama team, crying betrayal, they misunderstand the strategy behind those appointments. The most important thing to remember about the president-elect as he prepares to govern is that he takes the long view --...
  • McCain's Palin pick is the epitome of tokenism

    08/29/2008 7:39:05 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 127 replies · 443+ views
    Salon ^ | 8/30/08 | Joe Conason
    It is hard to think of a more cynical and contemptuous political act this year than John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. Having served as governor of Alaska for less than two years -- and as mayor of a small town before that -- her qualifications for national office are minimal. Palin is the epitome of tokenism, exactly what conservative Republicans have always claimed to scorn, until today, as the politics of quotas and political correctness. Even Rush Limbaugh is a feminazi now (at least until Election Day). But if Palin's résumé is limited, to...
  • McCain's Team of Lobbyists

    05/21/2008 9:17:28 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 10 replies · 135+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 22, 2008 | Joe Conason
    Disturbed by troubling connections and unflattering publicity, John McCain has just purged several prominent Washington lobbyists from his presidential campaign. Surely his intentions are laudable, but if Sen. McCain is consistent in ridding his campaign of such compromised people, he will find himself riding lonesome on the Straight Talk Express. That's because nearly all of his advisers, fundraisers and top staffers have worked on K Street, starting with his campaign manager, Rick Davis, and his senior adviser and spokesman, Charles Black. From the beginning, the McCain team has been thoroughly infested with representatives of corporate special interests, from the campaign's...
  • If you think they hate us now (What If GOP wins in 2008? Barf Alert!)

    08/12/2007 4:31:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies · 2,047+ views
    Salon ^ | August 10, 2007 | Joe Conason
    A Republican victory in 2008 could sink America's reputation in the world even lower. Even if George W. Bush is the most awful American president in modern times, as many historians believe, and even though he has brought the United States into unprecedented disrepute around the world, as opinion polls indicate, the bombastic tone of the candidates seeking to succeed him from his own party raises a disturbing possibility. If the next president is a Republican, this truly bad situation could become still worse. Concerning the Iraq war, of course, there is no discernible difference between the current president and...
  • Republicans Ready to Slime Fitzgerald [Is this true?]

    08/02/2005 7:35:37 PM PDT · by summer · 134 replies · 2,914+ views
    NY Observer ^ | Aug 1, 2005 | Joe Conason
    Karl Rove Under the harsh but savvy tutelage of Karl Rove, Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated their adherence to a venerable cliché: In politics, as in sports and warfare, the best defense is always a good offense—and the more offensive, the better. It’s an effective strategy, as John Kerry and many other hapless victims have learned, and at this point also a highly predictable one. Circled in a bristling perimeter around the White House, the friends and allies of Mr. Rove can soon be expected to fire their rhetorical mortars at Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the White House exposure...
  • Klein’s New Low In Hillary Bashing - (sample of liberal media's Klein-bashing book reviews to come)

    06/17/2005 8:49:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 32 replies · 1,127+ views
    Despite all the heavy-breathing hype generated to promote the forthcoming "attack biography" of Hillary Clinton by Edward Klein, citizens hoping to discover anything new about the famous junior Senator from New York shouldn’t waste their time or money on his unoriginal and unreliable rant. I know because a copy showed up in my office the other day ahead of the publisher’s embargo. Only the latest in an ever-expanding catalog of bad books claiming to tell us the "truth" about the former First Lady and potential Presidential candidate, Mr. Klein’s poisonous invention reveals far more about its author—and its publisher—than about...
  • Iraq Bombshell Goes Mostly Unreported in US Media

    05/12/2005 3:25:22 PM PDT · by restornu · 42 replies · 1,988+ views
    Smoking Gun Memo?/Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) ^ | Wednesday, 11 May 2005 | Media Advisory (5/10/05)
    Journalists typically condemn attempts to force their colleagues to disclose anonymous sources, saying that subpoenaing reporters will discourage efforts to expose government wrongdoing. But such warnings seem like mere self-congratulation when clear evidence of wrongdoing emerges, with no anonymous sources required-- and major news outlets virtually ignore it. A leaked document that appeared in a British newspaper offered clear new evidence that U.S. intelligence was shaped to support the drive for war. Though the information rocked British Prime Minister Tony Blair's re-election campaign when it was revealed, it has received little attention in the U.S. press. The document, first revealed...
  • Sneaky Re-Direct

    08/09/2004 11:46:20 PM PDT · by Callahan · 9 replies · 555+ views ^ | 8/10/04 | Me
    I just noticed that if you type in instead of the proper you get directed to a pro-Kerry Salon piece by Joe Conason. Cute. Now how bout those medical records, Senator Kerry, and by the way, where were you on Christmas Day 1968?
  • Republicans' Dishonorable Charge (FR/ FRN mention: CONASON ALERT)

    08/06/2004 7:16:23 AM PDT · by diotima · 211 replies · 6,121+ views
    Salon ^ | 8/5/2004 | Joe Conason
    "Dishonest and dishonorable" is how John McCain described the attack ad now appearing on television in several swing states, courtesy of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Dishonest because the men who appear in the ad make false claims about John Kerry's wartime conduct and decorations. Dishonorable because these men have waited three decades to publicize their slurs, with partisan motives, during a presidential campaign. **********SNIP SNIP SNIP******************** The hired help employed by the Swift Vets committee is thoroughly partisan, too. Aside from Spaeth and Thomas Rupprath, the private detective she recommended to provide research services, the group's IRS filing...
  • Clinton MOMA Book Party Freeped Tonight (Doctor Raoul Just Featured on Scarborough Country)

    06/21/2004 7:21:27 PM PDT · by kristinn · 157 replies · 1,208+ views
    Monday, June 21, 2004 | Kristinn
    New York's summer social season started not at the Hamptons, but tonight at the Museum of Modern Art with the book party for former President Bill Clinton's memoirs, My Life. Tout le monde came and went to bask in Clinton's afterglow and to pay homage to the only Democrat in the last quarter century to occupy the White House.While they may say they came to celebrate his presidency, deep inside they know they really came to see the man who brought Monica Lewinsky to her knees in the Oval Office.Outside the museum, two FReepers (Doctor Raoul and firebrand) stood across...
  • Smear Boat Veterans for Bush (Gag Alert)

    05/04/2004 9:24:57 AM PDT · by South40 · 134 replies · 389+ views ^ | 5/4/04 | Joe Conason
    The "swift boat" veterans attacking John Kerry's war record are led by veteran right-wing operatives using the same vicious techniques they used against John McCain four years ago. The latest conservative outfit to fire an angry broadside against John Kerry's heroic war record is "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" , which today launches a campaign to brand the Democrat "unfit to serve as commander in chief." Billing itself as representing the "other 97 percent of veterans" from Kerry's Navy unit who don't support his presidential candidacy, the group insists that all presidential candidates must be "totally honest and forthcoming" about...
  • Hustling up Bush charges

    02/17/2004 1:41:47 AM PST · by kattracks · 28 replies · 222+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 2/17/04 | Lloyd Grove
    Activist rocker Moby raised Republican hackles last week when he advised President Bush's enemies to engage in political mischief. Moby told my fellow gossips Rush & Molloy: "For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you're an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion." Now the incorrigible Larry Flynt says he plans to market a Bush abortion story as genuine - in a book to be published this summer by Kensington Press. "This story has got to...
  • Kerrying On--Let's Go There!

    02/15/2004 7:38:57 PM PST · by optimistically_conservative · 7 replies · 165+ views
    kausfiles ^ | Feb. 14, 2004 | Mickey Kaus
    The always provocative Spy takes the plunge - some might say right into the sewer of sleaze and unnamed sources. The cover story of its July/August issue discusses George Bush's supposed infidelities and publishes the name of longtime aide Jennifer A. Fitzgerald, around whom rumors have long circulated. The piece by Joe Conason also details other supposed liaisons, including a 1980 relationship with ''Ms. X,'' then a 30-ish news agency employee.
  • There he goes again! Matt Drudge & the GOP smear machine are back in the Democrats' pants. (Conason)

    02/12/2004 9:42:42 PM PST · by Timesink · 29 replies · 137+ views
    Salon ^ | February 13, 2004 | Joe Conason
    There he goes again!Matt Drudge and the GOP smear machine are back in the Democrats' pants. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Joe ConasonFeb. 13, 2004  | Is American politics suddenly returning to the bad old days, when Washington journalism became frenzied with sheet sniffing and keyhole peeping? That seems to be the default program of the right-wing media machine whenever Republican poll numbers sink into the red zone. Late Thursday morning -- with George W. Bush's credibility damaged on several fronts as reporters demanded answers to questions about his National Guard service that...
  • Bush’s War Stories Simply Don’t Fly

    01/31/2004 7:07:00 AM PST · by billorites · 149 replies · 1,348+ views
    NY Observer ^ | January 31, 2004 | Joe Conason
    George W. Bush lied about his military service record. The lie can be found in his own 1999 campaign autobiography (as written by Karen Hughes), where he dramatically describes his experience as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. On page 34 of A Charge to Keep, Mr. Bush claims that, after learning to fly the F-102 fighter jet, he was turned down for Vietnam duty because "had not logged enough flight hours" to qualify for a combat assignment. Before going on to recall the "challenging moments" that involved close formation drills at night during...
  • Clintonoid Celluloid At 2004 Sundance Film Fest: Harry Thomason's "The Hunting of The President"

    12/23/2003 1:27:38 PM PST · by L.N. Smithee · 36 replies · 318+ views
    2004 Sundance Film Guide ^ | December 2003 | Elizabeth Richardson & Joseph Beyer
    The Hunting of the President U.S.A., 2003, 89 Minutes, color Director: Harry Thomason, Nickolas Perry Screenwriters - Harry Thomason, Nickolas Perry, based on the book by Gene Lyons, Joe Conason Producer - Douglas Jackson Coproducers - Chad O'Connor, Amy Greenspun, Keith Sky Cinematographer - James Robertson Music - Bruce Miller Associate Producers - Ben Harrell, Dana Stoltzner   Friday, Jan 23 5:30 PM Prospector Square Theatre     There can be no doubt that we live in one of the most tumultuous political climates of the nation's history, a climate where politicians can be toppled on a whim, election results...
  • Bush ‘Nazi’ Smear Unworthy of Critics

    11/29/2003 6:58:16 AM PST · by Maria S · 50 replies · 275+ views
    New York Observer ^ | 10/27/03 | Joe Conason
    Liberal invective against George W. Bush has not yet descended to the depths plumbed by conservatives in their crusade against the Clintons, but that isn’t because nobody’s trying. Mr. Bush’s most zealous opponents apparently believe that his faults, and those of his cronies and his administration, will be insufficient to unseat him next year. That may be why some Bush critics have been circulating a story about the financial connections between his paternal grandfather, Prescott Bush Sr., and a Nazi industrial magnate named Fritz Thyssen. The sinister cooperation between prominent American businessmen and their counterparts in Hitler’s Germany is an...
  • re Where Oh Where Are Those W.M.D.?

    10/10/2003 2:11:14 PM PDT · by mmd10 · 8 replies · 1,417+ views | 10/13/03 | Joe Conason
    Where Oh Where Are Those W.M.D.? Joe ConasonJoe ConasonLast week, six months after the commencement of war in Iraq, the Bush administration?s chief weapons inspector reported on his findings. To date, David Kay has found no nuclear-weapons program (and, of course, no actual nuclear arsenal), no chemical weapons, and no evidence that those famous mobile laboratories were ever used to produce biological weapons, as advertised at the United Nations. David Kay 10/02/03"We have not yet found stocks of weapons, but we are not yet at the point where we can say definitively either that such weapon stocks do not exist...
  • Big Lies and Little Mistakes

    09/11/2003 10:28:11 AM PDT · by van_erwin · 12 replies · 63+ views
    Spinsanity ^ | September 9, 2003 | Bryan Keefer
    Big Lies and little mistakes By Bryan Keefer September 9, 2003 Joe Conason, a columnist for the New York Observer and Salon, has released a new book titled Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth, which he writes is intended to debunk "myths about liberalism (and conservatism)." However, Big Lies, currently ranked eighth on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, also includes a number of factual errors. While they do not rise to the level of Ann Coulter's distortions and fabrications in her books Slander and Treason, Sean Hannity's in Let Freedom Ring,...

    08/29/2003 1:51:32 AM PDT · by kattracks · 57 replies · 774+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/29/03 | JOHN PODHORETZ
    <p>August 29, 2003 -- THE rise of an ardent, pas sionate, angry and en gaged left is the most im portant political story of 2003.</p> <p>The hottest book of the new publishing season is Al Franken's "Lies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)." Joe Conason of the New York Observer has a fast-selling tome called "Big Lies." At the end of September comes "The Lies of George Bush" by David Corn of the Nation magazine, which will likely hit the bestseller list as well.</p>
  • Has she no shame? [Conason on Coulter--Some Men Just Can't Handle Blondes]

    07/05/2003 10:44:31 AM PDT · by publius1 · 353 replies · 931+ views
    Salon ^ | July 4, 2003 | Joe Conason
    July 4, 2003 | "Slander" is defined in Bouvier's Law Dictionary as "a false defamation (expressed in spoken words, signs, or gestures) which injures the character or reputation of the person defamed." The venerable American legal lexicon goes on to note that such defamatory words are sometimes "actionable in themselves, without proof of special damages," particularly when they impute "guilt of some offence for which the party, if guilty, might be indicted and punished by the criminal courts; as to call a person a 'traitor.'" So how appropriate it is that in the rapidly growing Ann Coulter bibliography, last year's...
  • Rummy the Genius Forgot About Nukes

    05/07/2003 4:26:59 PM PDT · by TheRedSoxWinThePennant · 30 replies · 269+ views
    NY observer ^ | 5-7-03 | Joe Conason
    Rummy the Genius Forgot About Nukes by Joe Conason The genius of Donald Rumsfeld and his deputies in the Defense Department is currently among the mainstream media’s favorite themes. According to the conventional viewpoint, their military strategy in Iraq was practically flawless, their political instincts are masterful, and their philosophical grounding is deep. (Some of them have even read Leo Strauss.) They’re just undeniably brilliant. To Americans who read and worry about the most recent developments in Iraq, this ceaseless chorus of praise for the Pentagon hierarchy can only be reassuring. Because otherwise, the facts on the ground might hint...
  • Rush’s Defenders Ignore His Venom by Joe Conason (Mega Barf Alert)

    11/28/2002 2:11:06 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 41 replies · 193+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | 12/2/2002 | Joe Conason
    The legend of the liberal media is finally dead. When the mightiest voices of the mainstream gang up on Tom Daschle with Rush Limbaugh, who can believe in that old myth any more? The historic rumble started after the Senate Democratic leader compared the shrill radio host to foreign fanatics, and complained that he and his family receive threats when Mr. Limbaugh airs a diatribe against him. "What happens when Rush Limbaugh attacks those of us in public life is that people aren’t satisfied just to listen, they want to act because they get emotionally invested," Mr. Daschle said. "And...
  • Desperate dems - On the Left: Hysteria And Name-Calling ~ Bob Bartley

    11/18/2002 4:45:45 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 23 replies · 341+ views
    The Wall Street Journal. / Opinion Journal ^ | November 18. 2002 | Robert L. Bartley
    <p>How desperate are the Democrats? Just listen to what they have to say.</p> <p>"If you like God in government, get ready for the rapture," Bill Moyers told his PBS audience the Friday after the election. Republicans will have "monopoly control" of the government, and will "turn their radical ideology into the law of the land." This means "forcing pregnant women to surrender control over the own lives," and "using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich," as well as "giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the environment."</p>