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Partisan Halitosis?

In yet another Hillary-boosting WashPost column, Tina Brown despairs at the bungled timing behind Iraq gloom from Kennedy and Kerry: “New Yorkers had to wake up on Monday to an especially acute gust of partisan halitosis from John Podhoretz in the New York Post that was all the more galling because it was true.”

She also kvetches: “If all the fake rationales and pigheaded ideology and bungled management that took us into the debacle of the war end up with the vibrant images we saw on Sunday at the Iraqi polls, then, well, maybe there’s something to be said for the blank slate of the president’s historical memory.”

And don’t miss the e-mail she shares from a journalist in Iraq: “We journalists are all sitting round and asking each other how we missed what’s clearly a far deeper drive for political and societal change than we realized. It is a measure of our isolation here — and also, I think, a measure of how the violence and humiliation of the occupation has masked people’s very genuine feelings.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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