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A friend of mine has just emailed me this video from MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann‘s. I have heard of him before but never got to watch any of the ‘special commment’ section on his show.

Watch this clip on Bush and the Iraq War, it’s absolutely brutal! definitely will keep an eye on his show as the November election nears.

P.S.: my apologies, I seem to be unable to embed the video into the blog, found a shorter clip on YouTube, but thought it’s worth to listen to the whole thing so just click on the link and enjoy.

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Practice your French

A friend of mine has sent me a link to this new French online magazine called Rue89.

I had a look around and it seems really interesting. Its content is pretty mixed with some good curent affairs analysis from alternative perspectives (don’t worry, it’s not a Indymedia style lefty e-zine). It’s also pretty interactive with the reader in terms of public participation through comment, signed articles, etc.

In fact I read (struggled to read actually would be more accurate) a very interesting article on Rajendra Pachauri‘s opposition to India’s involvement with the reduction of CO2 emissions as agreed in today’s G8 summit. If you remember Pachauri received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 on behalf of the IPCC and together with Al Gore for their fight against climate change. Pachauri is quoted in the article defending the prioritisation by India of economic development over environmental concerns. This certainly raises the ultimate question on climate change, should the West pressure emerging economies to reduce their emissions even if it has a negative impact on poverty reduction?

All in all Rue89 is definitely worth to have a look at. A good way to practice one’s French while reading some interesting analysis on current affairs worldwide or even if it’s just to follow once more the annual self-destroying capacity of the French Socialist Party.

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Fortune cookie politics

What is it with American politicians making the most absurd arguments without even a blink of an eye? I keep reading this nonsense about Iraq over and over again. McCain did it the other day, yesterday it was Joe Lieberman and of course Bush is done it about a zillion times. Gentlemen, Iran is Shia, Al-Qaeda is Suni, they aren’t business partners, they oppose each other.

Moreover, why is it that US media is unable to confront the politician in the moment instead of let him make an absurd argument? they have a responsibility to their audience, you know that whole watchdog role and the provision of verifiable information. False arguments like this on Iran and Al-Qaeda simply encourage social constructions about Islam that simplify it into black or white. This is fortune cookie politics and its pretty embarrasing to see two senior US senators and a US President spreading prejudice like that and the media allowing it to happen.

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TeleMadrid, the regional public channel of the Spanish capital, is well known for being under the tight grip of the Conservative Regional President Esperanza Aguirre. Accusations of news manipulation in the regional public channel for the benefit of Aguirre are widespread.

However in her last act of manipulation, Aguirre has found herself confronted by the reality of modern media, web 2.0. On a visit to a public hospital in Madrid Aguirre was confronted by a number of protesters accusing her of privatising the capital’s public health system. At some point she lost her temper and aggresively confronted them. However in the final broadcast by TeleMadrid on the visit that part was cut off. Moreover, El Pais newspaper has obtained a document in which the TeleMadrid management warns its sales team that the footage of the confrontation cannot be sold to other media outlets. Nevertheless, someone with better judgement within the corporation decided to take the original footage of the confrontation and put it up on YouTube. So far in three day the video has been watched 63,000 times online.

Below is the YouTube video of the censored footage and the actual broadcast from TeleMadrid, quite a difference, wouldn’t you say?

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Tim Russert dies

The interviewer from hell and NBC legend, Tim Russert, has died of a heart attack today. Russert was probably the best American political journalist and certainly the toughest interviewer in American politics. He was the presenter of ‘Meet the Press’.

It’s very sad that at a time of scarce quality journalism we have to suffer a loss like this.

As a tribute I leave you with a peek at what a Russert interview feels like, guest star: John McCain…

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Little he knew about the big mistake he was making when he got in front of that green screen. McCain’s campaign thought about changing a bit the mood of his town hall meetings by putting a green background behind the candidate instead of the more traditional blue one.

Some of McCain campaigners should have known a little bit about the chroma key television technique. In brief, a green background allows for any image to be projected behind the person speaking (as in weather reports, where obviously the weatherman hasn’t got a huge map of the UK behind him). Well, Stephen Colbert used this little mistake by McCain and amplified it to mock the poor guy over and over again with a viral campaign. He has invited his viewers to use the McCain footage to make fun of the Republican candidate.

You can watch the result here.

Ideas like this one by Colbert simply show how web 2.0 is revolutionising the way campaigns are run and how it can really get candidates into trouble with just one mouseclick.

I leave you with my favourite adaptation of the McCain video:

And finally a page I saw a while ago and that goes nicely with the video on McCain’s age: Things younger than John McCain. (I just saw it again and the earlier post are funnier than the more recent ones though).

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