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Archive for May 26th, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 26, 2009

The skinny on her is that, far from what’s been stated by the obligatory right-wing smear jobs already being lobbed at her, she is a sober-minded and mature thinker.

Interestingly enough, the New York stock markets, which had been expected to follow the European and Asian markets and go sharply lower in reaction to the North Korean missile launch, have instead gone sharply up, starting their skyward climb shortly after the 10:15 am announcement of Sotomayor’s nomination:


Considering that today’s ecnomic news has been at best mixed, or what the financial press usually considers “mixed” — much higher consumer confidence, but housing prices still are way down from their (vastly overinflated) values for the same quarter of 2008 — it’s tough to see what would make Wall Street’s investors suddenly forget about North Korea’s saber-rattling. Unless it was Sotomayor.

Posted in President Obama, stock market, Supreme Court, The smear industry | 5 Comments »

NYT Irrelevancy Watch: Helene Cooper Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 26, 2009

The New York Times‘ Helene Cooper claimed Obama was attacking straw men. Except that, as Publius of Obsidian Wings notes, every single one of the “straw men” Cooper cites is very real indeed, as fifteen minutes with Lexis-Nexis or even plain old Google would have shown her.

Even better: as Robert Waldmann points out here, Cooper is a repeat offender — she tried this garbage six weeks ago — and had to butcher an Obama quote to do it.


Posted in GOP/Media Complex, media, Media machine, mediawhores, news media, President Obama | 2 Comments »

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