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Floss reviewed this story - Jul 6, 2009
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4.5

If it is to be judged on reporting the exchange between Schumer and Grassley, yes it is quality journalism. However, I think it would have helped to explain their positions more in depth. It was only reporting their comments and nothing more

The article should have gone more in depth. Certainly the opinions of various Americans could have been quoted.

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Floss reviewed this story - Jul 6, 2009
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4.3

This article was well written, informative and enlightening. I would recommend it, it is excellent.

It certainly does away with a lot of myths about Health Care Reform. The Job Lock and the ability to encourage entrepreneurship is enlightening. One of the few articles that gives a concise & fair assessment of health insurance.

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Floss reviewed this story - Feb 8, 2009
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4.8

Yes indeed. It expresses what has been missing in our society for many many years. It covers the importance of communication in our country and to the low level we have reached intellectually, socially and educationally.

It expresses what I have felt for so long was deplorable in our writings and speeches. Putting aside Bush 2, we seem to relish using 4 letter words as adjectives consistently in our speech and writings. The content of our writing is gross and disgusting. The voices and talks on TV and Radio is deplorable and ever so common. We have a greater number of college educated people and yet everyone uses vulgarity in their speech and sound so common, inept and seem to lack the ability to ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Jan 4, 2009
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3.3

I don't think she has given the complete picture. She mentions U.S. troops in Georgia but no mention since when, how many and what part of Georgia. Again we seem to think that a country that is favorable to the U.S. deserves our complete trust. Why didn't she mention that one of McCain's foreign policy advisers is a lobbyist for Georgia. Also, McCain wants Israel & Georgia to be included in NATO. Why not mention the oil pipeline from Azerbaijan to Turkey. If she is going to condemn Russia'a actions, why not mention if they interfered in our area we would take swift action. All in all I wasn't too pleased with reporting in this article.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.9
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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
3.9

A well written and good article. What I found astonishing were the comments made about this article. The statement that her sources were other Time magazine articles were pure fiction and fabricated. She made one reference to Time and that was to quote a survey of Evangelicals. She pointed out the survey did not represent the age group of 18-35 respondents. Time's survey covered only 10% of this age group, where in fact it is much higher. The criticism of this article was appalling slanted. I wondered whether they had read the same article I did.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.8
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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.1
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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.0
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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
3.8

An article that would annoy Conservatives and Republicans. It does present an amusing array of the opinions of women. The comments do reflect I believe the thinking of most women about McCain's choice for VP. It is definitely a political ploy. At least the article didn't hit on the truly factual negatives of both candidates. It was an article that didn't pretend to be anything but what is was that Palin is no Clinton.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.1

Excellent. It provides the historical background and then brings it to the present. It is fair in the depiction of McCain & Obama and their different approach to Katrina and Gustav. Good & accurate article. Very unbiased and not negative in its depiction.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
2.8

They weren't very good about covering Palin's position about many issues. No mention about her petitioning to remove Polar Bears from the endangered species, her ties to the oil industry, approval of the bridge to nowhere (which she only recently opposed), her labeling Clinton a whiner this March, and the investigation to get her ex-brother-in-law and his boss fired. No mention that her husband is employed by BP. BP is the oil company involved in building the oil pipeline that she supports. She is for drilling in the Alaska Wild Life Refuge. Once again, the news media is always enamored with the wealthy, the pretty or whatever the corporations deem important to present to us the dumb public. Why don't they mention about McCain's ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
2.2

As usual this article is filled with innuendos. He gives us a picture that the major people attending were teenagers who can't vote and old black people. Two segments of the population that most people do not necessarily trust. The black people who as they said were the majority is to play on the fears of some white people of blacks taking over. The repeated depiction of the teenagers is again playing up the mantra of the Republicans, pundits and corporate media that this is Obama's base as a rock star. The description of the entire proceeding was to tell us that it was a carnival. If you were watching the proceedings on PBS, none of this article's portrayal was accurate. The camera on PBS was able to show us a broad picture of ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
2.0

As usual Nagourney is extremely biased in his reporting. He likes to dwell on the negative. This article is more of the same. I am tired of reading and hearing these presumed news people saying Obama has to define himself. Obama's speeches are very clear and distinct. On the one hand, they say Obama & Clinton's platform were the same, yet she has been explicit and he is not. This election year has really pointed out the bias and the innuendos of the media. It is truly tiresome. I hope that it will finally make the media do some housecleaning and give the public what they need and want.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

It was not only a very good article but a very rewarding one as well. The entire funeral proceeding actually lasted beyond 3 days. It went on in the TV News programs for 2 weeks. It was repeated with exaltation about Russert's greatness as a journalist. For me it was an amazing show since I never considered Russert to be a journalist. His weekly standard of reading his guests previous quotes, his inability to really conduct an intelligent dialog was appalling & annoying. The news media have positioned themselves as celebrities to be exalted much as the second rate Hollywood celebrities. Their coverage of a mediocre journalist was astounding. Consider the short shrift they give to people who have made major contributions to the ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
3.7

Good but why do all the reporters and pundits keep referring to Obama's weaknesses especially in foreign affairs. Doesn't the qualities of an intelligent and reflective mind deserve more credit in its ability to make important decisions. This to me is more vital than someone who talks about experience. Actually neither candidate has had experience in being a president. That experience comes with having been in the position. The description of Biden by the media is offensive. He is white, experienced, good attacker, Irish, Catholic and blue collar background. Do none of our candidates have any statesman like qualities that should be addressed. Must everything be reduced to the segments of the population that need to be reached. ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
2.3

Amazing that 5 reporters contributed to this article & yet it wasn't very informative or newsworthy. It is a very blah presentation. The Washington Post is no longer the paper it used to be. Their reporting is hardly ever very accurate. It oftentimes borders on excessively biased opinions. Their reporters are sometimes sophomoric. I found it very hard to stay focused reading this article. Not a good sign. Too often reporters write to get a Pulitzer instead of submitting good journalism.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
2.7

As usual Nagourney's reporting is cluttered with innumerable innuendos. His description of Biden borders on the negative. He enjoys restating the criticism of Obama's opponents. Has it not occurred to the many media pundits that it would be far better to have an intelligent, reflective and thinking individual regarding our foreign policy than one whose mind set is still back in the 60's. I especially took umbrage with his comment about Biden that shortly after his '88 gaffe, he suffered 2 aneurysm. Was he trying to imply that this was as a result of his gaffes. All in all I found the article not really fair and riddled with a not too subtle bias.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
1.8

Brooks is an ultra conservative and his opinions lack credibility. He is so biased that his opinions reveal his narrow vision of the political situation. This is so evident when he appears with Mark Shields on PBS. His rants are so narrow and he demonstrates an inability to fairly define a situation. My reasoning is disrupted whenever I read or hear his opinions. It is elementary and very sophomoric. I am very skeptical of his praise for Biden. Accusing Obama of attracting worshipers is why Obama needs someone who will be relentlessly direct. Of course, his idol McCain is more & will bring older smarter men to make the change in Washington. He always has to attack Obama as incompetent. Obama is far more direct and honest than ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
2.4

This article is so one sided and biased that it doesn't require extensive comments. Reading the article I was bored and annoyed. He has the reputation of a writer/philosopher but demonstrated a better ability of a fiction writer.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.5

Greenwald's writes with accuracy and fairness. His critiques are very informative and timely. I was appalled with Abramowitz's puerile comments about his relations with the W.H. staff. This man wouldn't qualify for a high school newspaper. American reporters have become merely conduits for the government. They do not cover or investigate a story with any effectiveness. The U.S. media is controlled and run by corporations. This started over 40 years ago & with each decade their control has increased. Corporations have controlled our government as well. Our democracy has been tarnished. The worst is when the fourth estate doesn't do its job to effectively inform the public.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.9

RFE identifies this article as the viewpoint of the author & not RFE. If only the Wash. Post would have done the same with Kagan's article. This is very good article. It covers the facts and gives a very fair assessment of the goals of Russia, Georgia and the U.S. My opinion of Saakashvilli is he is a despot playing the west to his advantage. Only this time it backfired. This is the second article that identifies the culprit of the situation. The American media continually mentions Russia's attack & the killing of 2 thousand civilians. They definitely place the blame on Russia and not Georgia's attack on Ossetia that caused these deaths. This writer is courageous enough to identify the true culprit. Today anyone in the media who ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
3.6

It covers the situation fairly to some extent. What it does not clarify is Saakashvilli is not a democratic leader as depicted by the majority of the American media. He has mistreated, brutalized and oppressed the Ossetians and Abkhazians for years. We would never know this unless you read the European press. The writer only gives a slight mention tp the involvement of the U.S. & Israel. They want to impede any influence or control by Russia. Why does the U.S. still have over a thousand soliders in Georgia. Why doesn't he mention that the other major consideration is the oil pipeline. Israel & the U.S have great concerns & interests within Turkey and Azerbaijan. He does at least mention that Saakashvilli instigated the attack ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.9

The first and only article that I have read so far that is keenly aware of the the actual events of the situation in Georgia. Saakashvilli is no democratic leader. He has oppressed and persecuted the people of Ossetia and Abkhazia. His oppressive treatment, beatings and killings had been escalated in recent years. His bellowing to the west is outrageous, his pretense of democracy is a sham. The only way an American is able to learn what was really going in Georgia is to read the European press. There has never been any true coverage in the American media. Now of course, it gives the war mongering Anti Russian group the chance to spout the dangers of the Russian attack. We need no longer listen to those whose only agenda is to ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
1.2

This is an extremely distorted and slanted article. He preaches & promotes the theory of Tsarist & Communist Russia's expansion motives. There is no doubt that there were efforts made by Russia to gain access to water. But what about how the west has coddled Turkey to offset this program. Reading this article is sickening because he never gives any facts pertaining to the current situation only his wanton theories. The Wash. Post is no longer the paper it used to be. It has joined the ranks of the Weekly Standard & the Washington Times. Why didn't they headline this as an opinion piece and not accurate reporting. What a disgrace that people like Kagan are given the opportunity to express their rants. I don't think it is ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
3.4

It is very informative and indeed it is a very important issue still today. However, I question the need to bring it up today given the current issues we face today and the attacks on Obama & racism. As I read this piece I couldn't help feeling there was a lack of sensitivity to the timing or even why now. I am not condemning the presentation only the timing. The racial problems in this country do need to be addressed. Lets report and address current racial attacks. It is important for us to know the history so we hope that we will not continue to make the same mistakes. Lets also consider the importance of when to report important historical events.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
3.2

As I read the article, I get the feeling that there is a definite slant to McCain. He covers the statements made of both sides. However, it is in the statements given that I get this gnawing feeling. The Washington Post has demonstrated this year disingenuousness and definite slant toward McCain. As a result I read their articles with the notion that they would once again not be fair and report the facts with any integrity.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.6

Very much good journalism. He has given a very complete picture of all the distortions we have been subjected to in the past 7 years. This article is concise, thorough & overwhelming in its facts. Despite thinking you know a lot about this subject, the facts presented set the alarms off in your mind. We need more of this type of honest & factual reporting. People need to be informed with the clear and straightforward delivery of the facts.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
2.0

His only accuracy was repeating how it evolved that Edwards admitted his affair. When he dredges up that the media picks on the Republicans as was done to Bennet, it is truly an absurdity and definitely slanted. This is not good reporting. Typical of the media of today that is guided in expressing the thoughts of their corporations. We have only corporate media today. Independent media does not exist. This writing is typical of this trend.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
5.0

Excellent. It represents what we want & need in good journalism. We no longer have intelligent, fair reporting or even any adherence to the values of what journalism should be. Report the news, no lies, no distortions. Impossible now that the corporations control the media. A good example was Bob Schieffer of Face the Nation that I praised as a good journalist. I was greatly dismayed to see how he attacked Gen. Wesley Clark's statement that a war hero is not a qualification for a president. The following week it was apparent to me with the sponsorship of Exxon Mobile of the program. Brokaw's interview of Obama was not only stupid but extremely offensive. The behavior of the media today is so glaringly grotesque and lacking any ... More »

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
1.8

Good journalism? Not at all. The polls that he quotes are inaccurate and the only flub of McCain he can mention is the Iraq/Pakistan border. His condemnation of Obama is far more severe than his supposed thrust about McCain. This is truly one of the most slanted publications. Seldom do you find an honest assessment of the facts. You can have a strong belief in your politics but don't distort the facts to suit your beliefs.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.6

Mark Benjamin did an excellent job of informing us of how deep are the connections in McCain's campaign people to oil, Iraq and dirty money. You know it to be true but the extent of it always astonishes me.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.8

Very reliable and extremely informative. ABC News has some of the worst journalists/reporters (I use the term loosely). Brian Ross has often been singled out for his outrageous and unsubstantiated reporting. Mr Greenwald did an excellent job of covering this story very professionally. At least there are still some people who can do a fair and just investigation of the facts.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.8

Excellent article. The propaganda about the surge had my mind muddled about its effectiveness. Again we are being fed a lot of lies and distorting the facts. This article puts everything in true perspective and the facts as he relates them leaves one incredibly astonished. It further cements one's belief that not only do we need to clean up our government but the media as well. They represent the corporate world that dominates our media. They neglect to report the news. Most of have to get our news from Independent media, BBC, French News. Those of us who can use the internet are also fortunate in getting the facts.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
3.6

It is a valid presentation. It states all of the facts that most of us know to be true about Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is upsetting that all of the articles now being written in the media should have been done starting in 2002. Members of Congress and the Media were worthless and cowardly. Now that they are speaking up about the invasion is infuriating after so many Iraqis and American soldiers have died and/or been brutally harmed forever.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.9

The conservative Republicans have done great damage to our country in every aspect - banking, foods, outsourcing, etc. Our economy is in a disastrous state. Yet the Republican mantra about no taxing has proven to be a crock. So many of us predicted that our system of checks and balances was failing. Nixon and Reagan started the slide by removing so many of the watch dogs and allowed business to flourish with their greed and criminality. Then along came Bush! I worry if we will ever be able to get on steady ground since the big money dictates so much in our country. We are no longer a democracy only a capitalistic government.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.6

For a change I can trust what a writer for the AP is writing. This is a very good factual and responsible reporting. Given the difficulty to explain statistical information, the writer has done an excellent job of explaining the disparity.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.5

It is astonishing when someone reveals something is wrong and then is maligned for the revelation. It makes you wonder about the ethics of the people to justify their corrupt actions. Ms Gray's life has become topsy-turvy over her honest revelations. This administration is so foul that even with new cabinet members in the Defense and Atty Generals office nothing has changed. This is a good article that for once defends the position of someone who is decent and ethical to reveal the true facts.

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.6

It certainly gives us the broad picture of two sides of the story. Also, on a personal level, it is enlightening to have Reagan brought down from his hallowed position. It demonstrates that Carter was not weak on all issues and that Reagan's Motion Picture policies were just that a fairy tale description of America. Richard Cohen is always a very incisive and well educated journalist (education in today's journalists have been stagnated).

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Floss reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Floss's Rating
4.9

As always Naomi Klein is excellent. It is always an extreme pleasure to read her articles. She is very informative, incisive and presents a picture of the corruption of our country and corporations. It is apparent more so in the present administration. However, the oil industry & major corporations have been sloshing over us for too long a time. It is with pleasure whenever I read her articles. She is so insightful and very courageous. I have clicked her political viewpoint as Center because she is providing us with a competent picture of current situation.

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