Program Notes for Left Out (June 1, 2004)
Welcome to Left Out on WRCT 88.3FM. Left Out presents news and opinions
from a perspective left out of the mainstream media. Left Out is co-hosted
by Robert Harper and Danny Sleator. Today's program
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Speech by Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore gave a superb and impassioned
speech at NYU on May 26, 2004. In the speech, Gore raised a
number of important points about the situation in Iraq:
Listen to the introductions and the speech (MP3 format)
- Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
- The US handling of the war and aftermath has been astoundingly
- The Abu Ghraib prisioner abuse scandal is a direct consequence
of US policy from the very top, such as the US decision to
abandon the Geneva Convention and the Bill of Rights. It
also stems from attitudes exuded from the top, such as
Bush's State of the Union speech where, referring to
terrorists, he said "let's just say they won't be a problem
- Contrary to Bush's pronouncements, the war has made the
US much LESS secure, and aided terrorist organizations.
- The reputation and stature of the US has been gravely damaged.
- Gore demands the resignations of key architects of the
Iraq war and incompetent players in the whole tragedy,
including Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, Cambone, Rice, and
Here's a transcript
video in realplayer format from CSPAN.
Judith Miller: NeoCon Mouthpiece at the Times?
At long last, the New York Times is beginning to face the reality of
having been used by Judith Miller as a mouthpiece for the neo-con's in
the Pentagon in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Last week Bill
Keller, the editor of the New York Times, published (on page A10 of the
print edition) an article
summarizing the errors in their reporting, providing (in the online
to the offending articles, but failing to isolate Judith Miller as the
prime vector for the disinformation, and failing to investigate Miller's
connections with the Pentagon neo-con's via Benador
Associates and The Middle East
Forum. This past weekend Daniel Okrent, the public editor for the
New York Times, published a much more harsh review
of the situation, calling for a systematic investigation into the
failures. Unlike Keller, Okrent does name Miller as a prime offender,
but stresses that she alone cannot be held responsible for the way her
disinformation was played by the Times and for the complete failure to
perform even the most rudimentary fact checking or presentation of
alternative points of view. A recent exchange in the New York
Review of Books discusses the Miller affair, as does this article.
in New York Metro provides more background on Judith Miller's career.
The Outing of Valerie Plame: The Coverup Continues
It is now nearly one year since one or more high-level officials in the
Bush administration committed a major felony by willfully disclosing that
Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a CIA operative
working under cover (on, of all things, tracking and preventing
proliferation of WMD's among terrorist organizations). The act was
obviously intended as retribution for Wilson's disclosure of the Bush
administration's lies about Iraq's purported acquisition of uranium ore
from Niger. Chief suspects in the case include I. Lewis Libby, Cheney's
chief of staff, and Karl Rove, Bush's political advisor (and
H.R. Haldeman clone). The "investigation" by the Justice
Department proceeds at a glacial pace, with the most recent move being a
subpoena of reporters from Time Magazine and NBC News --- despite the
fact that the disclosure was made by Robert Novak in the Washington Post!
The Post-Gazette published an editorial about
the obvious ruse being employed here.
Cheney's Involvement in the Iraq Contracts
Dick Cheney, whose disregard for the truth is by now well-established,
has repeatedly categorically denied any connection with the contracts
granted to Halliburton and its subsidiaries on a no-bid basis to take
over oil production and reconstruction in Iraq in the wake of the
U.S. invasion. Time
Magazine has obtained a memorandum proving, once again, that Dick
Cheney is a liar.
To Tell the Truth by Paul Krugman
Here's a May 28th
column by Paul Krugman which points out the ridiculous way
that the media has been covering Bush, and offers some
explanations about why.
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