(…with Rachel Maddow talking about the book Hubris. I thought I would re-post an interview that I had several years ago with one of the co-authors of that book, Michael Isikoff.)
I start off the show with a remembrance of Molly Ivins. (Molly Ivins on PBS.) She was a unique voice. I will miss her. The Texas Observer has turned their whole web site over to remembering Molly Ivins.
Tornadoes in Florida. (As you can hear, I’m still trying to get used to this new studio. I’m trying to get used to where the Mic is and where my computer is and I’m moving around. My volume is going up and down. Yuck.)
School is in. Let’s review what we know about the CIA leak case. Cheney and Libby are regularly going to the CIA to review the intelligence. He asks the CIA to follow up on this Niger claim. Joe Wilson goes to Niger. One of the things that I don’t mention on my show is that there is a reason that Joe Wilson is sent. It is not because he was Valerie Plame’s husband. He is a former ambassador to Niger. He knows the country, has contacts in the country. He understands how uranium is mined and how it is controlled by the French government. This is important. I go through the timeline of major stories on the Niger yellowcake deal and when government officials talk to reporters (I have a table here.) The New York Times has a great timeline and the Washington Post has a great one. Continue reading The Errington Thompson Show Podcast 2/3/07→
Wow, I have gotten behind in posting my radio show again. Here’s the podcast. (I thought that I would re-publish this since MSNBC has put out a documentary titled Hubris.)
Why aren’t elections held on Saturdays when most people are off? If you want folks to vote, then why would you hold elections on Tuesdays?
John Kerry’s gaffe. In the video, Kerry clearly loses his place. The Republicans go crazy over his gaffe. His reaction to the Republicans finger pointing was worse than the stumble in the first place.
How do you decide who to vote for? No, seriously. How do you know whom to trust? The newspapers? TV? The web? My answer is that you have to go to the web and read a ton. Start with the candidate’s web site, understanding that of course it will be biased. Then go to a site like that of the League of Women Voters. Trying to really find out information is an active process.
Ops. I have gotten behind in posting my show. Here’s the podcast.
We have never been about staying the course. We are for changing language without really changing anything. Tony Snow only found eight times where the President said “stay the course.” Olbermann found 29 repetitions of “stay[ing] the course.” Google remains a tool that the White House can’t figure out how to use. (He even hears “stay the course” in Spanish.) 94 deaths in Iraq so far this month beg the question why did we go to Iraq?
My guests. I feel very lucky that I have had some great guests. I’m happy to say that I’m continuing the tradition. Bill Scher, the founder and editor of Liberal Oasis, is in the HOUSE. We discuss his new book – Wait! Don’t Move to Canada. Great book. He doesn’t just point out some of the problems in the US. He also puts forth a plan to take back the discussion and the government.
My second guest is really a hero of mine. I have heard him on the Diane Rhem Show tons of times. He doesn’t back down in the face of neo-con noise. He is very detail-oriented. I cited his previous book many times in my own book, A Letter to America. He is the Washington editor of The Nation, David Corn. His new book, Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War, is written with Michael Isikoff. On the show, we discuss a few of the reasons that the Bush Administration told us that we needed to invade Iraq. This is one of the best books that I have read in the last couple of years. If you don’t have it, I highly recommend it.
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