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Vincent Caminiti

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I'm a Capitalist who hates Corporatism and the resulting propaganda that has poisoned many fine people, causing them to deflect reason. I love reading, writing and language. I always publish my own review of a story first - then I look at the other reviewers' contributions.

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Location: San Jose, California, United States
Occupation: Publishing Principal, STI Books and Media
Interests: Reinvigorating public service as a right of passage, whether it be Military or Civilian
Expertise: Communications, Leadership Development, Business Development, Technology, Team Building, Launching New Businesses - Former President of 2 Publicly Traded Companies
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Education: Post-graduate school
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Age: 50-64
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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - May 20, 2011
Vincent's Rating
2.5

This article presents a myth as though it is fact. Senator Coburn is currently under tremendous scrutiny by the media and political opponents for his role in Sen. Ensign's terminal ethics debacle; including questions of why Coburn would have needed immunity. This leads to a another serious of potential allegations as to his possible wrongdoing and complicity. Apparently this article is very selective in it's application of facts - but it isn't reasonable to use the word linchpin to describe a potential political target exercising a desperate power-play. This is an ad ... disregarding key facts that would largely dispute the term 'linchpin' but painted with typical beltway banter and sway that is often served up as Gospel.

This article could have been supplied by a right-wing think tank. This is the logic that is foisted on the electorate and those that pride themselves on following politics, as a reality, instead of the alternate reality it actually represents­. How can one write about Coburn's departure without providing the other allegation­s and challenges to his ethics or lack thereof currently rumbling through the political-­media complex? How can one anchor on Mitch McConnell'­s previous ... More »

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - May 20, 2011
Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2011
Vincent's Rating
2.0

This is typical of Politico - an extremely low standard for journalism with high deployment of strawmen. I'm personally not going to let them off the hook for their apparent intent in the lede. To the fact - this is the least most essential element of the meeting, of the intent of the meeting, of the result of the meeting and of the exchanges at the meeting. But Politico is in the business of making mountains out of mole hills and turning a blind eye to actual mountains - unless of course it's subtlety snarkey. They could have well reported that someone passed wind and some one else rolled their eyes at the offense. That's the newsworthiness of the lede. It is infuriating.

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Apr 14, 2011
Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
4.3

A practical look at the seemingly impractical approach of the GOP and their information machine and the potential consequences.

This political theater described in this article is disturbing when considering that so many us reconcile our civic responsibility by emboldening the bloodsport of politics with harsh words and no thought. Some people I know have such in investment in the 'hate' and 'weapons grade misinformation' they have backed themselves into a corner and are now stuck supporting disturbed ideologues (and all the slogans and simpleton language) because their egos are such, they would prefer to ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
3.0

The sub-title of the story was actually a more fruitful lede - and the actual title in the form of a rhetorical question was quite confining and misleading. 'Astroturfing' has a much broader meaning than just the Internet gaming of other Web interests or competing objectives. The Internet activities, very briefly outlined in the article, are part of a well organized and simultaneously executed action plan that is staged in all media with scripts. While it is not confined to Tea Party Libertarians, the Right-wing has been extremely adept in its deployment. The article was disappointing inasmuch as it didn't connect the dots very well to the big picture, which in my opinion, would have given this specifics of this article much more meaning.

It's not a conspiracy theory, it is a propaganda / marketing methodology that is deployed en masse in order gin up a controlled desired reaction. It is actually the anti-thesis of 'dumbed-down' because it inspires the "subscribers" to accept or reject a messenger by diffusing focus on the message. It is those "callers" to talk-radio shows that seem inexplicably unable to move from their position even when confronted with hard data. It is a political pundit making an insensitive ... More »

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
4.6

Greider provides a primer to the controversy over Geithner's predicament in a very clear and concise article. The detail is sufficient and it is written very well.

Political warfare aside - it appears that Timothy Geithner is either going to emerge as the smartest man in the world - or butcher posing as a surgeon.

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Vincent reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
4.0

It would be very difficult to classify an article that unabashedly rips open the curtain concealing the "Wizard" as anything else but good journalism. The interview was focused, doesn't meander along commercially convenient by-ways or pull punches on 'underwritten' journalists that have for promises, power or payola put down their pens and began their reporting using pastels. The article leaves the reader disturbed and curious.

It is quite comical how different 'newsy' entities have reported on the Hastings' report to best suit their corporate appellation. Even the politically uninformed shills are having trouble figuring who's who, and while generally vociferous parroting their favorite 'newsy' personalities' arguments - this one has the usual suspects stymied, because their favorite pundits are disagreeing with each other and not even positing plausible arguments. Even the dangerously disengaged are ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
4.1

While not particularly fond of the titling for this article which is an aggregation of mostly reasonable data - the article does deliver and there is sufficient anecdotal reference balanced with polling/testing data to distinguish this as a well sourced opinion piece. Is it really an opinion piece? Well it will have to remain one because none of the competitive news sources are going to feature this as news because of the incendiary nature of the underlying subject matter about a competitor. This is not a particularly well written piece as it is a patch quilt of sources, however, it is clearly confirmation of a universal allegation.

Folks who have a FOX / Newscorp. 'habit' are not going to instantly change their veiwing / reading / listening regimen, simply because of the facts revealed in this article, and the related series of articles about the University of Maryland study. That being said, I believe that the combination of reckless and feckless newsy personalities have sufficiently elevated the alert level that the Murdock Industries is not altruistic journalism but rather manipulative rock throwing that is ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
3.8

This article represents a considerably detailed overview of actual events, interposed with related impressions of Gen. McChrystal, contradictory maneuvers by Gen. Petraeus, assumptions by the White House(s) presented on a backdrop of the WikiLeaks body of work. The article, although heavily laced with McChrystal admiration, supports, in a practical manner, Branfman's assertions despite his generous use of hyperbole as condiments for his cooking of the Executive Branch goose.

Aside from the beatification of Gen. McChrystal, who is now retired Gen McChrystal because of his lack of discretion and his overtly "Christian" demeanor while in uniform - it was quite apparent before his departure that he was very much against this escalation. In some respects, it's as though the US decided to run a do-over on the 2003 decision of going to war at all and at the same time, completely disregard the rather public warnings of the former Soviet regime and the current ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
4.2

Typical Krugman - on point, concise and completely basing the article on the precise words of his target; served on a bed of historical and recent empirical data. Now I'm setting my time-clock for the customary low rating based solely on politics that even News Trust must endure from the planted extremist insurgents.

Krugman doesn't apologize for his perspective and comes out swinging in his Op-Ed piece. Swinging, that is, at the construct of a public argument, that is very unfortunately, going to be repeated and sworn to by the very people it works to further impoverish. It is magical, the way the new GOP, has managed to supplant actual fact with a fiction story that delivers the message of one of the largest sources of campaign contributions, second to oil dollars.

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
2.9

From a technical perspective the article is decent reading and thought provoking. Conversely, from a contextual perspective the article is confusing and contradictory. At one point Leonhardt goes into great detail about different types of spending but when he adds Tax cuts into the spending bucket, he neglects to explain it. He also offers a lede that is confusing - budget cuts aren't designed as a single element or a static solution. Budgets are time reliant, dollar reliant - they are essentially living documents. Increase, decrease, increase, hold ...these are the dynamics of budgets - he refers to them (very oddly) as though they were statutes instead of dynamic tools that are subject to revision, continuously.

Staying with the tax cuts issue .. Leonhardt talks convincingly tough about Democrats not liking to release temporary stimulus spending, but instead, they have a reputation for trying to make spending bursts permanent. There is sufficient anecdotal evidence to offer that argument without being called loon - conversely though, when referring to Republican tax cuts ... the author reduces it to "including tax cuts" as part of the spending and never associates Republicans with the tax ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
1.7

This isn't even remotely journalistic - and not because it's a hit piece - but because its not honest. The blogger's credibility is destroyed by the duel in the comments section of the article which is ever more interesting the article itself. Poorly written, contextually dishonest and driven by a grudge. It is actually silly.

Peilke apparently concedes metaphor or verbatim at his whim. Despite the fact that Krugman is clear about correlation - the author accuses him of pointing to causation and uses one single sentence of an article to describe the article. That's simply not acceptable.

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Vincent reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Vincent's Rating
4.3

This article schools the misinformed. It also was designed to school the misinformed pretending to be informed. This belongs on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, The Economist or other such financial fishwrapper - for now it breathes thanks to The Daily KOS The stuffed shirts of journalism are shifting uncomfortably in their seats as the see a blog post deliver a cogent and concise primer on Social Security while there are scores of journalists working the aisles in desperation - very happy to misinform the public - and provide cover for politicians that they like. I realize there could be a reluctance to score this article high because it is part of a progressive blog - but that's no excuse for not rating it ... More »

Social security is very much like the word Liberal. It was co-opted by opponents and then victimized endlessly by a stream of political operatives who prey on the misinformed / uniformed public. I've listened to tirades on TV, Radio and public lectures of dozens who have never had, nor will even have a clue about how these programs work. I've listened to people who won't even consider listening or reading about how social security works because they have a favorite bias and a ... More »

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Feb 22, 2011
Vincent reviewed this story - Feb 18, 2011
Vincent's Rating
2.9

Is this good journalism ... perhaps it's adequate ... not really good. There is lot of information and to the writers' credit it does have a readable form. It did though, and oddly, miss a lot of the nuance. For instance, if you wrote this story would you have taken a quick second look at the name Scott Fitzgerald (the WI Senate majority leader) and declare his relationship to the other Fitzgerald, Jeff, Assembly speaker and Scott's brother. Then of course there is the father Stephen, who was just installed to head up the WI State Troopers. I point this out because I see a lot of dots in the article ... but I don't see a lot of connecting them (without prejudice) A few moments explaining the political payback and what is ... More »

My opinions about this important even in WI are difficult to express and at the same time provide them in a family friendly respectable fashion. That being said - Walker has the panache of a banana republic dictator and the reckless nature of a wannabe. He's taken the big bucks and he's owned lock stock and barrel by the Koch machine. His messaging is offensive and he's managed to unite Police, Fire and Teachers unions into solidarity. That's why he's hoping there is some ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Feb 7, 2011
Vincent's Rating
3.2

To say I was glad to read the story is one thing. To like the story .. another thing. But to call this good journalism because I'm elated about the subject matter is not going to happen. At best this is a poorly written / edited story - at worst it really teased. To Kennedy's credit, she mentions some data that generally escapes commercial media or at least the interest of commercial media.

There are many Christians in that part of the world. Only here, in the US, would so many not have an understanding of this. Only here, in the US would alleged Christian info-tainers never mention the Coptics, Church of East and other Eastern Rite Catholic Christians. Ah ... you see it? See why they aren't ever mentioned? It's because of the quiet war in Christianity. That is to say - Catholics v. Christians. We hardly heard about the Christian hardships in Iraq, no less Egypt. ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 19, 2011
Vincent's Rating
2.3

Is this good journalism? Well frankly, it's not journalism at all. It's a recap of Sarah Palin defending herself from a an attack she imagined, further promoting this non-story into a story. People, strongly implied that she has contributed to the atmosphere that currently prevails. This article makes very little mention of it or her rhetoric of choice. This is a blog post of what appears to be a political comic strip.

Do you really believe Sarah Palin wrote that speech? That she even understood it? Did you listen to her read the speech? Did it sound like Sarah Palin. She wouldn't though, to her credit, take the bait. She defends her use of term Blood Libel. Hey she's free to use any term that she would like to ... but did she use the term ... or just read it? I've listened to this half-term Governor and media sensation speak and I've read what she's written. If one were to listen to her ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 17, 2011
Vincent's Rating
3.8

Lizza's story reads like the treatment for a screenplay ... and I'm not issuing a compliment. I found the story difficult to read, perhaps the victim of hack editing - or very good editing and lousy writing. In either way, from a pro forma perspective, technically this gets many points off. However, from a information perspective and although quite probative, Lizza keeps the balance and respect. He gives a wide berth to Issa et al in response to allegations and paints Issa with humanity, despite the Congressman's penchant for informational amuse-bouche. And, to his credit, Lizza did provided an interesting glimpse into incendiary allegations, of a politician known for incendiary rhetoric not to mention some nagging ... More »

Not a fan of Issa, the article actually has me considering to take the Congressman more seriously. We all have three pasts: the actual past, the past that others recall and the past the way we prefer to remember it. I was obligated to read, what was a difficult piece technically, because it is very fair, adequately probative and transparent. despite it being a little confusing to follow. Issa is, in my opinion, is most famous for matter-of-fact incredibly insensitive comments ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 5, 2011
Vincent's Rating
3.8

Adele Stan delivered on her title - she defined 6 of the many and put each one of them through a little testing to determine the genetic origin. The piece is well written, adequately balanced and very sadly, loaded with truth and facts. Her assumptions and observations as to rationale are completely logical. It's the story that not a single corporate media personality has the nerve to write.

One thing that all the personalities behind all the lies depicted in this article have in common - is that they convinced their loyal customers that this is a sport; that there are teams and the outcome is akin to the won or lost game, as opposed to the reality - the outcome has a direct bearing on each of us personally. This is the secret as to how so many people are willing to vociferously campaign against their own best interests. It reminds me (the old days) when a listed ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 3, 2011
Vincent's Rating
2.5

This article seems to be a placeholder for an actual article; albeit it did deliver on the title. What a missed opportunity to cover Grayson; and, while the writer did pack a tidy list of facts in this junior high school / book report quality article, the opening sentence is revealing as to the intended perspective. Now this article may have suffered from an aggressive editor searching for more real estate to domicile viagra ad space, but again, the writer seems to be a fan of smack-down sound bites. Again, a missed opportunity to sum up specific Grayson quotes without the rationale he intended is negligent.

Alan Grayson is not a stranger to the taste of his own shoes on occasion, and to his great credit he always rebounds gracefully, and in my observations, very truthfully. He was targeted by Republican big dough in a carefully executed team operation in the predominately R district. He was very dangerous to Republicans. With regards to his criticisms of Democrats - it always was about the messaging - always.

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Dec 22, 2010
Vincent's Rating
2.6

While the underlying story is about a very familiar item of contention - this story is titled with a question. The assumption is that the writer is going to head the reader in the direction of an answer. Well if there is a comprehensive answer or some research presenting the reader with potential answers to the question it isn't to be found here. This article reads like a sensationalist's Cliff Notes without any real substance. Perhaps they this space was filled by Mr. Shear's column because the Tire Barn ad that was supposed to appear in the space was canceled at the last minute.

Is the Republican plan in play the result of some very crafty political footwork by Dems? Is it feckless Party leadership? Is it the result of a highly principled position by Coburn? Is it fate? The party of No moniker didn't come about overnight ... it has been a continuous hum in Congress since the now defunct, debunked and displaced contract with America or as I like to call it - the Stink Bomb by disgraced House Speaker / Newsy Celebrity Newt Gingrinch. And obstructionism ... More »

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Dec 22, 2010
Vincent commented on this review – Dec. 16, 2010
Roland F. Hirsch
2.1
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Dec. 15, 2010

This blog post has moderate journalistic merit. It brings up a number of incidents which do not however come close to covering the real situation. It is one-sided, mentioning one group that happens to be conservative, but not mentioning the many professional experts in astroturfing on the left.

Vincent Caminiti Comment:

David Axelrod, no argument, other than "universally credited … ‘gold standard’ The opposition, forgetting about the scores of firms that provide these services has one major difference. There is an entire global mediaplex that is devoted to delivering the ... More »

Vincent commented on this review – Dec. 15, 2010
Roland F. Hirsch
2.1
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Dec. 15, 2010

This blog post has moderate journalistic merit. It brings up a number of incidents which do not however come close to covering the real situation. It is one-sided, mentioning one group that happens to be conservative, but not mentioning the many professional experts in astroturfing on the left.

Vincent Caminiti Comment:

With all due respect, and I state this sincerely, the Right Wing invented ‘astroturfing’. One would be hard-pressed to find examples of the Left engaging in this practice. To say that the Left doesn’t promote its agenda would be folly … but as to the complex ... More »

Vincent commented on this review – Dec. 10, 2010
Vincent Caminiti
4.3
(NT Rating: 4.1)
Reviewed by Vincent Caminiti - Dec. 10, 2010

The story is short to the point and delivers on the lede. Almost every scintilla of this report is verifiable by a simple viewing of fox news and / or the flotilla of itinerant talking right-wing heads that frequent the newsy shows. It would be hard to find a person (not employed by Fox) that would argue about the obvious bias engineered into the Fox News programming - however, this article goes about to give the reader a peek at the tactics used to deliver the Fox strategy.

Simply stated, the Fox organization crafts news in a manner that is consistent with how Rupert Murdoch views journalism; cash cow. It is a carnival act that is very appealing to a great deal of America. Frankly, I'm not sure what is more sad - that a news organization and broadcast empire is so greedy that it re-manufactures news to fit its scheme; that the paid info-tainers on the network actually are a perfect fit because they are zealots; or the vastness of the market to which ... More »

Vincent Caminiti Comment:

I’ll tell you why I believe it is good journalism and newsworthy. There are scores of commentators who regularly support Fox News or bash Fox News. It’s hard to discern whether their position is one of shilling for their potential pay-master or the competition. In any ... More »

Vincent reviewed this story - Dec 10, 2010
Vincent's Rating
4.3

The story is short to the point and delivers on the lede. Almost every scintilla of this report is verifiable by a simple viewing of fox news and / or the flotilla of itinerant talking right-wing heads that frequent the newsy shows. It would be hard to find a person (not employed by Fox) that would argue about the obvious bias engineered into the Fox News programming - however, this article goes about to give the reader a peek at the tactics used to deliver the Fox strategy.

Simply stated, the Fox organization crafts news in a manner that is consistent with how Rupert Murdoch views journalism; cash cow. It is a carnival act that is very appealing to a great deal of America. Frankly, I'm not sure what is more sad - that a news organization and broadcast empire is so greedy that it re-manufactures news to fit its scheme; that the paid info-tainers on the network actually are a perfect fit because they are zealots; or the vastness of the market to which ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - May 20, 2010
Vincent's Rating
3.5

It appears that this opinion piece represents decent journalism as it pertains to opinion. (This beckons an 'however' and it is irresistible.) There is an incredible amount of re-purposing of facts, by design, that causes one to re-read the article several times to find bold faced rewriting of history, albeit, very well nestled among some sparse yet prominently displayed fact.

Ross Douthat is young and energetic, but often is taken more serious than others because he's congenial, well mannered and not a run-of-the-mill sarcastic talking head. I do not doubt that he reports the way he sees things. That being said, I fear his vision fails him considerably. The EU comparison, while brief, is terribly misleading. The EU represents competing Sovereign entities, sharing a common currency, designed to do economic battle with the US. The analogy of a Greek ... More »

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Mar 17, 2010
Vincent's Rating
2.8

I'm not quite sure that this is anything other than a overheard conversation. The lede certainly could have been covered in the 3 sentences that actually discussed but didn't identify complaining staffers.

Beck (and the Beck machine) is dangerously misinformed - which accounts for his audience being largely uninformed. However his audience is that loyal demographic that like to feel that they are in game - even if only for an hour a day. It is a formula that works - because his supporters have become enamored with him and his fiction. They just love him so much, they've never considered that he does this for entertainment. It is irrelevant to them that he makes up a significant ... More »

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Mar 15, 2010
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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Jan 31, 2010
Vincent's Rating
2.4

This article is an article about another article. Irrespective of the fact that the article, somewhat delivers on the headline - it is the equivalent of a book report with collaboration. Someone already did the actual story elsewhere and this is a cliff-notes version of an element of the Times story. Sorry - not buying it as journalism - cocktail party talk, certainly, - journalism, not.

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2010
Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2010
Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Jan 23, 2010
Vincent's Rating
3.6

While this article isn't 'breaking news,' Dan Balz takes a few moments and connects the obvious present to a somewhat informed future, regarding an expected change in White House messaging. There is a fair, albeit brief, discussion of the recent historical distillate that has inspired the change and a plausible prognostication of what that change will be.

It was nice to read an article that is crafted without the detritus of political warfare speak, even though its conclusion is a more intense battle on Capitol Hill

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Vincent posted and reviewed this story - Jan 23, 2010
Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 22, 2010
Vincent's Rating
3.9

The Title of this article asks a question. The body of the article offers information in order for the reader to determine the answer. While an enjoyable read the article most obviously represents Joe Klein's re-purposed interviews, re-cycled data and resurrected thematic approaches re-distilled as a new article. It isn't ... the time-line has just been re-crafted to include today. The parallels to the first part of the Clinton administration were crafted well, most likely the centerpiece of what the original article was supposed to be titled. This is formulaic journalism, but still, it is a good short read.

I'm not a fan of Joe Klein as a pundit, but it is hard to deny that he is a talented writer. There's where my suspicious nature get's involved because his talent as a good writer can sometimes inspire poetic license in relating facts. Nonetheless, Klein expresses very succinctly, what a lot of Americans are feeling - but aren't able to express even minimally. I recommend the story although it should not be considered a general endorsement of Klein, although the quote I selected ... More »

He will have to understand that in the poisonous atmosphere of American politics, triumphs are no longer a realistic possibility; survival is as good as it gets. More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 21, 2010
Vincent's Rating
4.2

Frankly, even at the expense of another political pundit, this article speaks volumes as to the reluctance of the Democratic machinery to grasp the fact that there is no plausible denial to their (White House) failure to grab the reins and lead the country inspiring confidence, but rather, manage to fertilize contempt for any more change in the name of bi-partisanship. The article is well written and systematically supports its title.

Bi-partisanship is a ridiculous artist's conception of representative government. It has become synonymous with compromise - and from social and etymological perspectives - this just isn't true. This concept of bi-partisanship is a political accoutrement that generally serves to obscure reality. There is no such thing as bi-partisanship - once there is a partisan majority. That being said, in my opinion, that is the problem - the current majority party does not believe (and ... More »

Let’s see. Obama packs his White House and economic team with former Clintonistas; devotes one-third of his stimulus plan to ineffective tax cuts; rescues the banks ... More »

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Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 21, 2010
Vincent's Rating
2.3

First of all, this is Matt Taibbi at his worst - a vindictive assault on another journalist. This is attack journalism with a purpose; that being, to fly the Taibbi flag as a journalistic entity. The flaws in the article start right out in the beginning by suggesting the an interpretation of a Jewish man's words would reveal that he his upholding his Christian values. Taibbi's rage obscures reason and he fails miserably in providing a plausible explanation of his premise.

I like Matt Taibbi and I appreciate his aggressiveness. On the other hand, I can't overlook that he's manufactured fiction in suggesting that he can interpret Brooks. However, in Taibbi speak: David Brooks had failed to live up to the expectations and accusation of Matt Taibbi.

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Vincent reviewed this story - Jan 21, 2010
Vincent's Rating
3.5

An informative article that is not written particularly well. It interlaces, politicians, political punditry and public opinion. Its title is very poor. It is not the function of the US Supreme Court to back philosophy - they either uphold precedent or deny based on precedent as to the Constitutionality of a Court facing dispute. This article is mired by the inclusion of TV Cable celebrity talking heads and nominal book authors and seems to be tagged with enough meta-data to appear in search engines in order to sell the ads on its pages. While it has elements of journalistic integrity - it also has all the bells and whistles of corporate 'newsiness.'

The Free-speech clause is an abused child of our US Constitution while Mother and Dad fight over custody. It is becoming more and more obvious that there is a generous leaning of the Court to defer to Corporate citizenship over that of human citizens.

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4 out of 5 rating - click to see review from Tanya J. Maurer | 03/08/2011


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