Nasty Letters To Crooked Politicians

As we enter a new era of politics, we hope to see that Obama has the courage to fight the policies that Progressives hate. Will he have the fortitude to turn the economic future of America to help the working man? Or will he turn out to be just a pawn of big money, as he seems to be right now.

Friday, December 26, 2003

C-Span's Brian Lamb Joins The Media Attack On Dr. Howard Dean: Now You Know They're Worried.

Friday, December 26, 2003
Re: Paul Krugman: New Year’s Resolutions (Column 12/26/03)

Attn: Brian Lamb
C-SPAN Journal (12/26/03)

Dear Mr. Lamb:

I enjoy watching your show, and C-Span in general. This morning however, I was surprised to see you frame your entire first segment on the premise, “Should the Bush Campaign use Dr. Dean’s ‘anger’ against him at this early stage. “Dr. Dean’s Anger?” This is a fraudulent and mocking attack in its early stages, sir, and you are one of the prevaricators building this pernicious rumor from the ground up, are you not?

Sir, I have been around the block in journalistic circles, and you were clearly trudging through the same quagmire Paul Krugman had described in his column, quoted earlier on this same show. You took the time to denigrate Mr. Krugman—knocking him down a notch or two for the benefit of your right wing admirers—stating that he was not truly a ‘journalist.’ By whose standards does one become a journalist, Mr. Lamb? Are you a journalist? If one writes with the terrific impact of Paul Krugman, does he need to defend to Brian Lamb his credentials as a ‘journalist?’ Maybe I have missed the publication wherein Mr. Krugman states that he is not a journalist and you, Brian Lamb, are?

I think not. I think if there is a journalist between the two of you, Mr. Lamb, it is Paul Krugman. And I think you must agree. You owe him an apology.

You picked up an assumption, offered to you by the Bush propaganda machine, that frames Dr. Dean as ‘angry’ and repeated the lie over and over again. On several occasions viewers put you in your place by advising that you were framing passion and impatience the candidate possesses, with the direction of America under Bush, as some sort of emotional ailment.

If so, there are hundreds of thousands of us out here, Mr. Lamb, who find that Dr. Dean discusses the political landscape in terms that are very easy for us to identify: Bush lied. Bush lied about so many things that at this point it is not even a good use of time to respond to all of the lies. An administration with that agenda and propaganda machine at its base…controlling much of the political polling that is placed in the national press as well as much of the discussion on C-Span…needs to go.

That, sir is not anger. It is pure common sense.

Alan J. Franklin


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