Beneath the Spin: I Had a Dream

I dreamed that I opened my eyes one morning and all of America was wide awake. I could hear the echoes of the Bush/Cheney consortium desperately proclaiming their innocence from deep within the Hague, but the world had long since stopped listening. I dreamed that Rush, O'Reilly, and FOX News had imploded into a metaphor for latter-day McCarthyism, and the phrase corpo-congressional alliance was a new vulgarity that had become a part of the American lexicon.

Friday: No-Brainers

Mohammed al Dulaimy, Jenan Hussein and Leila Fadel/McClatchy: Iraqi journalist recants claim that 11 family members were killed
Dhia al Kawazz, who publishes a Web site from Amman, Jordan, said his initial claim — which was widely reported, including by McClatchy — was based on false information. Family members said he'd lied to get his family refugee status in Jordan.

The good news? McClatchy's editors put the article on the ('lectronic) front page.

Noah Shachtman/WIRED: How Technology Almost Lost the War: In Iraq, the Critical Networks Are Social — Not Electronic
In the past six years, the world's most technologically sophisticated militaries have gone up against three seemingly primitive foes — and haven't won once.

Mohamed Osman/AP: Calls in Sudan for execution of Briton
"Imprisoning this lady does not satisfy the thirst of Muslims in Sudan. But we welcome imprisonment and expulsion," the cleric, Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri, a well-known hard-liner, told worshippers.

The Emily Latella school of journalism.