Monday, February 06, 2006

I thought that this was worth copying and saving from The Daily Howler when I started to think about blogging:

In our view, this is exactly the sort of thing we should be doing on the liberal web. We should:

1. Help frame the way major issues get discussed.

2. Identify facts which deserve wide exposure.

3. Identify basic talking- or spin-points which deserve to get shot down

Thought I'd share it, even though I neglected to copy the link to the exact post. Obviously, there are other things we can be doing also: fund raising,publicizing rallies, etc., but it's something I try to keep in mind, even though there's the natural tendency to pontificate rather than stay focused.

With #3 above in mind, I'd say that one of the most important we can concentrate on short term is the administration's exaggerated aid claims. There are more important points, but those it will be easier to combat the false claims before they're accepted as fact. So if anyone has time the email address for Byron Calame, public editor of the NYT:

and for Deborah Howell, WAPO ombudsman:

Couldn't hurt to write and, politely, ask them to start examining the figures.

I know that La.'s leaders can't waste their limited national TV time sounding nit picky, but I wonder if any of the state's Democratic (obviously, our Republican reps couldn't ask their colleagues to challenge the prez) legislators have brought up the subject with their colleagues. Mary, if this reaches you, you might want to talk to Mark.

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