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WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.  A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries. 

Sunday, 22 April 2007 01:00

Shirley Smith: Executive Privilege?

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Shouldn't there be executives in the White House in order to claim that privilege? Just because someone is placed into an office of high authority by a partisan higher authority, doesn't mean than those authorities are making the best choices for the people ... only the results of those choices can and will prove that.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Depression does happen to most people off and on during life. It's a natural part of life, like joy, laughter, tears, and happiness. However, deep depression is an illness and it does happen to some men and women, like those women, mentioned, who become depressed after giving birth, but, that doesn't mean that other women should not have children. And, the same goes for the women who chose to have an abortion for whatever personal reason, that was their choice and because they became depressed and later regretted their decision, it was still their freedom of choice over their own body and their own life. That should not give them the right to try and stop other women from having the same freedom of choice over their bodies.

NEWS RELEASE

In the wake of the Don Imus insult to the Rutgers University women's basketball team during their play in the 2007 final four tournament, Rutgers University is convening a panel discussion to address racism and sexism in the media and society. Dave Zirin, BuzzFlash Guest Contributor and eminent commentator on the interface of sports and politics, is among the panelists. The event is open to the public.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Cohn

As Democratic and Republican leaders alike pile on to demand Alberto Gonzales' resignation, only George W. Bush is singing his praises. Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said Bush was happy with Gonzales' testimony. "The attorney general continues to have the president's full confidence," she said.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

It's always good to be liked, but you know you're in trouble when the White House has to express "full confidence" in you to the media. In the midst of scandal after scandal, there has been plenty of confidence-ing to go around, prompting the following exchange during a White House press conference Friday:

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Ann Davidow

Among the debates in Washington these days, the most important one is whether this country still honors the dictates and spirit of our Constitution, especially since the Bush White House has produced an administration that operates according to a set of narrow ideologies.

Friday, 20 April 2007 08:29

BuzzFlash Mailbag for April 20, 2007

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: John McCain & "Bomb, Bomb ... Iran"

I expected the electronic media to replay John McCain's meltdown of "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" the same number of times they played Howard Dean's cowboy yell in Iowa 2004. (THAT was shown hundreds if not thousands of times.) After all, they were BOTH presidential candidates ON the campaign trail. Yet I saw no replay on last night's news.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Louis Posada Carriles is wanted in both Cuba and Venezuela for terrorist activities, including the 1976 bombing of a civilian airliner that killed 73 people and a series of deadly Havana tourist hotel bombings in 1997. He was put on a list banning him from getting a visa to enter America, but he managed to come in illegally. Busted on immigration charges in 2005, a federal court has just freed Posada on bond pending his trial (despite the fact that he escaped from prison in 1985).

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff

The impeachment movement, building steam since the November election, got a big boost this morning when the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the U.S. Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

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