Making ‘Duck Soup’ out of 2009

A guest commentary by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship of PBS’ “Bill Moyers Journal” posted by permission for your reading pleasure:

As 2008 ends and this New Year begins, with all its fledgling promise despite turmoil and crisis, it’s also that time when the media offers its lists of ten best or worst this and that of the previous year, an exercise that simultaneously entertains and infuriates.
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Why we’re failing in Afghanistan

A former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan asks: Do we have the political will to succeed?

(Photo/SeaDour, Flickr)
When it takes seven bone-jarring hours to drive just 90 miles over war-scarred dirt roads from Kabul to the troubled Helmand Province in southwest Afghanistan, the complexity of the intertwined U.S. diplomatic and military missions becomes clear pretty fast.

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Blagojevich indicted on corruption charges, Jesse Jackson, Jr. implicated?

The federal corruption charges lodged today against Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff have stunned the nation and promise to reach much further — to exact if not additional criminal charges some very serious collateral political damage on the Obama transition team.

The big question beyond what the hell was Blagojevich thinking: who was “Candidate 5″ referred to in the indictment that was being considered a leading contender to assume the remainder of Pres.-elect Barack Obama senate seat and who appears to be a willing participant in Blagojevich’s pay-for-play scheme.

The Sunlight Foundation lists the evidence pointing to Candidates 1-4 and 6 and fingers the likely suspect #5 — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson of Chicago.

A sad day for politics, indeed. But a good day for the rule of law.

Finding our future in the MSM’s big black hole

The extraordinary hand-wringing over the traditional media’s epic failure to warn Americans about the impending economic meltdown belies the enormous problems facing our nation and our democracy.

The Columbia Journalism Review takes some ownership while the American Journalism Review prefers self-pitying and recriminations toward the public for pretending prescient business journalists were “nattering nabobs of negativism.”

Rather than dwell on the obvious I’d like to explore what’s next.
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Who needs the Nigerians when we’ve got Sec. Paulson?

Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

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