American Politics Journal

Bad News, Good News
Last Week's Notes in the War to Restore Democracy

by Tamara Baker

Monday, March 26, 2001 -- SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA (APJP) -- I have Bad News and Good News for y'all.

I'll start off with the bad news first, then follow up with the good news, so you won't leave with too bitter a taste in your mouths.

From: Margaret Mathews

I was concerned when I read Tamara Baker's March 26th comment that they would no
longer be available through the WH web site.

I went to the web site, and they are still there (latest on is March 26th) -- just in a different place.
[News>Press Briefings].

I noticed they were rearranging the site about a week ago. While it wouldn't have surprised me at all to find that they HAD removed the transcripts, I thought Tamara and your readers should know that.

The Bad News: Bush's minders have decided that the Clinton-era "good and open government" practice of putting transcripts of the daily press briefings on the White House web site is just a little too tedious for them (or perhaps they got tired of providing documentation of the words that they would utter in the morning, only to eat in the afternoon). We'll now have to settle for C-SPAN's transcripts, or make them ourselves from tapes of C-SPAN broadcasts (at least unless Shrub's nannies decide C-SPAN has to go, too).

The Good News: Catherine Danielson's stellar work in investigating GOP-directed vote suppression of black voters in Nashville, Tennessee has finally been getting serious media play. Nashville's City Paper has picked up on Ms. Danielson's research, which has been reverberating like a struck gong through Nashville's black community. The folks researching Florida's vote suppression will be made aware of the news coming out of Tennessee.

The Bad News: Shrub's minders, not content with trying to eliminate the historical record when it comes to their daily press briefings, has suddenly declared, in true vindictive GOP fashion, war on those members of the press who didn't go out of their way to spit on any and all Clinton Administration members. First to go: longtime White House correspondent Trude Feldman, who, as the Washington Post's Lloyd Grove notes rather archly, was banned because of a "security matter" -- though a clearly skeptical Grove wondered just what sort of threat the diminutive, elderly correspondent could possibly pose.

The truth of the matter is that Ms. Feldman wasn't a "threat" to anyone who wasn't afraid of the truth. Heck, President Clinton not only invited her into the White House, he sat down with her for a wide-ranging interview that pulled no punches.  However, since Ms. Feldman's interview presented President Clinton in a light other than totally negative, she has since been marked for persecution by the GOP-toadying "Heathers" that make up the majority of the White House's Celebrity Press Corps.

The Good News: Gregory Palast, our hero in the UK and the main journalistic voice calling attention to the Florida vote scams known as "Jeb Crow", is going to speak in Cleveland next month -- and his appearance will be covered by PBS!

Here's the press release as I received it:


April, 17 2001

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Sell the Lexus and Burn the Olive Tree - Second Thoughts on

Speaker: Gregory Palast, Columnist & Investigative Reporter, The
Guardian Time: 5:45 p.m. Location: The Cleveland Play House, 8500 Euclid

"Additional info: An advocate of trade unions, consumer groups, and
government agencies, the American-born Palast is a controversial figure
among those eager for globalization."

Members $20; Community-at-Large $25; Students w/ ID $10

While in Cleveland, Palast will deliver 2 lectures at Case Western
Reserve University on corporate power ... and film an interview for PBS
on the US elections.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

216.781.3730 tel
216.781.2729 fax

Moral of the story: Never give up, never despair. Keep on plugging away,
and sooner or later your efforts will bear fruit.

That's all for now. Keep up the fight, and let's work to restore
democracy in the US!

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