Wednesday, April 07, 2004

News from the (left) front

It's been another long work day, and I'll take that as my excuse for doing a little ole' fashioned copy-and-paste blogging. The following bit was forwarded to me through my green connections. It looks like a lot of fun, especially for any of you on spring break this week who are wondering how you might fill your stray hours [my comments are in brackets like these]:

"Al Franken and others are launching a major new progressive radio network this week. [If you haven't heard about Air America, see my post of a few weeks back.] It's a big and exciting development, so before we get to a message from him, we want to share the details.

"If you're in LA, Portland, New York, or Chicago, you'll be able to hear Air America programming starting this minute. (The station codes are at the bottom of this email.) And the daily lineup is pretty juicy: three hours of Al Franken on "The O'Franken Factor," plus Janeane Garofalo, Chuck D, Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the weekends. Air America's got big plans for expansion, but for now if you're not in one of those areas, you can listen in on the web at:
http://www.airamericaradio.com

"One of the big aims of this new radio network is to counter the claims of right-wing politicians and media figures. When a major right-wing figure says something misleading or something so full of holes it can only be described as dumb, Al Franken and other Air America hosts will call them out on it. A great example is Donald Rumsfeld claiming that he never used the phrase "immediate threat" to describe Iraq -- and then getting caught on national television. (That footage is online at http://www.moveon.org/censure/caughtonvideo/)

"We can help them out. We're teaming up with Franken on a contest to find the stupidest or most clearly false (or preferably both) statement by a major right-wing figure or Bush administration official. Over the next week, any stupid or misleading comment you hear on the radio or see on TV is fair game as an entry. If your comment is selected by Al Franken as the winner, you'll receive a personalized and autographed copy of Al Franken's book "Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them," and you'll be recognized on-air.

You can read the complete rules and submit as many quotes as you like at:
http://www.moveon.org/franken/

"But enough details. Here's Al:

'It's my honor to team up with MoveOn.org, which I am told has
made use of the Internet to great effect. While I myself do
not have an Internet, my son does, and he says you guys are
terrific.

'Here's the deal. My job is rhetorical jiu-jitsu: I take the
words of right-wing jerks, and I use those words to heap scorn
and ridicule upon them. It's what I do. And I need your help.
These guys say so many stupid and dishonest things every day
that no one man possibly can sift through all of them. I need
you to be my eyes and ears, so that no right-wing ideologue
can ever again safely traffic in distortion and calumny.

'Yea, I say unto thee. Let the flaming sword of justice rain
down blows upon them, that they may rue the day when this
contest was announced.

'The future of our nation rests in your hands. Good luck!'

--Al Franken

"Enjoy the contest.

Sincerely,
--Carrie, Joan, Noah, Peter, and Wes
The MoveOn.org Team"

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