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Posted by No Surrender in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 11th 2009, 11:07 AM

Here's a piece Glenn Greenwald did on Politico:

Friday May 4, 2007 13:08 EDT
Who funds and runs the Politico?

(Updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)

In the middle of an article by The Politico's Mike Allen regarding last night's GOP presidential debate, one finds this paragraph:

She was escorted out of the hall by Frederick J. Ryan Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, and president and CEO of The Politico.

So the President and CEO of The Politico, Frederick Ryan, is also the Board Chairman for the Reagan Library. And that makes sense, because Ryan is a long-time, hard-core Reaganite. From a November 1987 Press Release:

Appointment of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., as Assistant to the President

November 4, 1987

The President today announced the appointment of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., to be Assistant to the President.

Since February 1985 Mr. Ryan has been responsible for the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives as well as serving as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. Mr. Ryan began serving at the White House in February 1982 as Deputy Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. In February 1983 he was appointed Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. Mr. Ryan was previously an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer and Burrill. While engaged in his practice, he published several articles on various aspects of the law.

Mr. Ryan graduated from the University of Southern California (B.A., 1977) and the University of Southern California Law Center (J.D., 1980). He was born April 12, 1955, in Tampa, FL. Mr. Ryan is married and resides in Washington, DC.

So the President and CEO of The Politico worked in multiple positions in the Reagan White House, and was continuously promoted until he rose to the level of Assistant to the President. And his close connection to the Reagan family and the Reagan presidency continues through today.

Are we supposed to treat this fact as irrelevant or something when assessing what The Politico is and what type of political coverage it churns out? There is nothing wrong per se with hard-core political operatives running a news organization. Long-time Republican strategist Roger Ailes oversees Fox News, of course. But it seems rather self-evident that a news organization run by someone with such clear-cut political biases ought to have a hard time holding itself out as some sort of politically unbiased source of news.

Read the rest at Salon.
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Posted by No Surrender in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Sep 02nd 2006, 08:40 AM
From a Salon article dated 9-12-01:


Bush administration officials told former Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., that they preferred instead to put aside the recommendations issued in the January report by the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. Instead, the White House announced in May that it would have Vice President Dick Cheney study the potential problem of domestic terrorism -- which the bipartisan group had already spent two and a half years studying -- while assigning responsibility for dealing with the issue to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, headed by former Bush campaign manager Joe Allbaugh.

The Hart-Rudman Commission had specifically recommended that the issue of terrorism was such a threat it needed far more than FEMA's attention.

Before the White House decided to go in its own direction, Congress seemed to be taking the commission's suggestions seriously, according to Hart and Rudman. "Frankly, the White House shut it down," Hart says. "The president said 'Please wait, we're going to turn this over to the vice president. We believe FEMA is competent to coordinate this effort.' And so Congress moved on to other things, like tax cuts and the issue of the day."

"We predicted it," Hart says of Tuesday's horrific events. "We said Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers -- that's a quote (from the commission's Phase One Report) from the fall of 1999."


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I despise these thugs!

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Posted by No Surrender in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Aug 30th 2006, 07:30 AM
Check out this LTTE I found on the Chicago Tribune's website:

What about Andrew?
August 24 has come and gone. Not a word about that historical date in the news. August 24, 1992. The 14th anniversary of this tragic event. Head scratcher, huh?

HURRICANE ANDREW. 164 Miles per hour winds destroyed Homestead Fla.

$25 billion in damages of which $16 billion were insured.

Devastation so startling that major insurance companies teetered on the brink of financial ruin. Insurance companies such as Allstate (I worked for them at the time) suspended insurance premiums because there was no place to send the billings.

No street was recognizable.

No houses, no mailboxes, no street signs, no nothing.

A neighbor of mine was an Allstate claims adjuster. He took a temporary six-month job assignment in Homestead.

Where was the media in all of this tragedy? Where were the recurring and staged pictures of the crying people yelling for help? Where was the mayor of Homestead accusing the President of racial and social bigotry because it was the political thing to do? I don't recall the press ever interviewing the mayor of Homestead. Where did all the people go? Scattered to the four winds like half the population of New Orleans? Hardly. Just "google" Homestead to see what happened to that city. Why didn't the press indict the President for incompetence immediately before Andrew hit? OK, then. How about immediately afterward? Could it be that the President was that media darling, the do-nothing right, the do-nothing at all, Mr. Clinton? It took Clinton until the following year to upgrade Federal Emergency Management Agency to a cabinet level position.

So what happened in the aftermath? We didn't see the mobilization of the National Guard from all over the U.S. to protect the citizenry of the area. People had the good sense to act like decent citizens in a civilized country. Crime didn't shoot through the roof. Federal funds trickled in as they always do in a disaster situation. However, it was the insurance industry and their re-insurers that rebuilt the area. The press beat up the large insurers because they attempted to cancel every homeowner policy in he entire state. The Florida insurance commissioner informed those companies that if they carried out their plan, they would be prevented from renewing their profitable auto line. Allstate created a separate homeowner insurance company specifically for Florida with its own rate structure.

Can we conclude that the press loved Clinton even in times of extreme internal incompetence? Not one word of comparison between Katrina and Andrew. To call the press fair-handed and objective is an insulting joke.

Michael Kurman

Buffalo Grove, Ill.

What a jackass!
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