I Will Be Out of the Country For About Two Weeks

Beginning Wednesday I’ll be out of the country for about two weeks due to a family illness. I’ll be posting a few things via e-mail if I can get online. I’ll try to check in with some blogs to see what’s going on, but it’s expensive and ‘ll be pretty busy. I’ll try to ask people what’s their take on events and share the persepctive with you all.

Now I know some of you are going to take this pretty hard, so I’m going to try to post a list of some services that are available. There are some good online depression sites, and I’ll see if I can get a list of links together. I’ll also see if there are online suicide hotlines. But mostly, remember, I’ll be back pretty soon.

Media Defending Rush!

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We’ve reached the point where the “liberal” media is defending Rush Limbaugh over Tom Daschle.

I want to ask the “journalists” defending Rush this week, do you actually listen to Limbaugh, and the others? If you do, what does that say about your credibility as a mainstream journalist? If not, considering what you wrote, what does that say about your credibility as any kind of journalist?

(My thanks to Atrios.)

More on Rush

Spinsanity has lots of Limbaugh, as well as lots on attacks on Daschle.

“Yet Limbaugh, especially, is guilty of extremely vicious rhetoric. Consider just a few examples from his frequent diatribes against Daschle over the last two years. On Nov. 15, he asserted that Daschle’s criticism of the conduct of the war on terrorism amounted to “an attempt to sabotage the war on terrorism,” called him “Hanoi Tom” and suggested that he is ” a disgrace to patriotism.” On other occasions, Limbaugh has suggested that “In essence, Daschle has chosen to align himself with the axis of evil” and has drawn an extended analogy between Daschle and Satan.”

There are links in this, but you have to go to their site to follow them.

Rush

A lot of people tell me they never, ever listen to Rush Limbaugh. I think it is important to tune in once in a while. It’s important to know what the Republicans are saying to their audience.

Daily Howler quotes Rush Limbaugh at length today, talking about Tom Daschle. It is truly worth reading, to remind us all of how Bush has “changed the tone.” And as you read this, remember this is just a few minutes of the stuff Rush spews out for three hours a day, five days a week. Please go read it. Be reminded just how important it is that we get active and get other people informed and involved.

Blogger Tip Jar Controversy

Skippy has started all the bloggers talking about tip jars – asking readers to donate some money to keep the effort going. I’m going to take a different tack on this.

I think it’s great if some bloggers ask for a donation. More power to ya! I don’t ask readers for cash, but I don’t object when others do. (Voice from wife in background, “What do you mean you aren’t asking for cash. You can do that? Why aren’t you doing that?”)

What I want is for all of us “lefty” bloggers to more actively encourage our readers to go out and recruit more people to discover what’s available online. If the country is divided down the middle politically that should mean that about 140 million people agree with us. We need to start getting them to “OUR” information sources – BuzzFlash and weblogs! It’s not just to get us more readers, this is important. There really is better information here than people are getting from newspapers and TV. And jeeze, don’t even mention radio!

I haven’t seen other bloggers asking readers to send e-mails out to others. That’s how you get people to try something – you ask them! So all you bloggers, start asking your readers to send e-mails to people they know, telling them that the mainstream information sources are not being straight with them! If you’re reading these weblogs and other online sources you KNOW this is a fact!

For you bloggers who are asking for some cash, think about this. Suppose you’re getting $1 a day now. Suppose that a serious outreach effort can get 100 times as many people getting their info online… do the math.

There are somewhere up to 140 million people on our side in this country – go tell them to start reading BuzzFlash and discover weblogs.