Calling Out Spin is What We Do

By: Saturday June 19, 2010 9:00 am

Very Serious Journalists, like James Risen, may look down their noses at bloggers, imagining us at our keyboards in our pajamas. They can laugh, but the kind of journalism practiced by FDL is running rings around them. “He said/she said” may work for the Village media, but FDL aims to sort out who’s right and why, and then tries to make things better. If FDL’s version of journalism appeals to you, we could use a little financial support to make things even better down the road.

 

Warning to “Pass Anything” Camp: Reforms Don’t Always Get Better Over Time

By: Tuesday December 22, 2009 7:20 am

People in the “pass any bill, regardless how bad” camp often talk about “fixing it later.” They point to previous progressive change like social security, Medicare, and the civil rights legislation as proof that progressive reforms start small but grow into something better. This mantra is repeated as an article of faith, but it is not based on a true, dispassionate examination of history. For every progressive reform that slowly grew into something better, there is a counter example of reform efforts that, due to poor design, withered or died over the years.

McCain Adviser’s Head Explodes Over “100 Years in Iraq” Comment (VIDEO)

By: Monday April 28, 2008 4:47 pm

I was on PBS’s To the Contrary with McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, who did her best John McCain impression and lost her cool when his “100 years in Iraq” comment was mentioned.

Atrios was right — it makes them instantly and inexplicably irrational. Nancy starts repeating “factcheck.org” like McCain made the comment in Chinese or something and people couldn’t understand what he meant without a translator.

Use “100 years” and “Iraq” in the same sentence and I think people get the idea.

I’m EschaConning — Are You?

By: Thursday March 27, 2008 8:52 am

I’m going to be at Eschacon starting Friday night, probably buying Manhattans for Rox who will be doing my drinking for me. I’m also going to be moderating the first panel on Saturday morning at 8:45 (*yawn*) am on “Having an Impact.” My fellow panelists will be Atrios, NTodd and the lovely Digby.

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