: The Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung reports that the Germans now trust France more — far more — than America:
A new public opinion survey shows that Germans now overwhelmingly see France as their country’s most important and reliable ally, with the United States having declined significantly in importance.
The survey, prepared by the Allensbach Institute of Public Opinion Research for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, found that 49 percent of Germans said France was their country’s most important partner, compared to 17 percent for the United States.
…only 38 percent of the respondents said their country could
Liberal talk radio: I’m ready
: Thom Hartman reports at Alternet that liberal talk radio is coming from… drum roll, please… Clear Channel. Of course, Alternet smells a conspiracy here: Radio loosens up for the left only after media consolidation (read: deregulation) goes forward on June 2.
Nevermind that: If Clear Channel is looking for new voices (not old saps and sods like Phil Donahue), I’ll bet they could find fresh talent right here among blogs.
And I’ll stand in front of the line: A sensible liberal, not afraid to talk tough, not afraid to offend those who deserve offense, not afraid to support a war, even.
And I talk fast.
: Chris Hedges, the NY Times reporter and antiwar-book author who gave the booed-out commencement speech at Rockford College, tells a radio interviewer that the Times is looking into his views:
Q: What has been the response of your newspaper, The New York Times?
A: Well, they’re looking into whether I breached the protocol in terms of my very pointed statements about the Iraqi War. I mean, that’s something that makes them uncomfortable. I don’t think they have a problem with the book, because the book talks more generically about what war does to societies although it certainly does mention what it has done to us since 9/11. So that’s something that they’re looking at.
Bloomberg would die…
: …at the sight and smell of this Iranian teahouse. [via Eyeranian]
: I’ve been remiss not linking to Chris Muir’s Day by Day, the great online cartoon strip; Glenn Reynolds touted it to me long ago. My bad.
Here’s today’s strip making proper hay of Iran’s blog-fearing mullahs (thanks to Pejman).
: And while we’re at it, I have not seen any updates on arrested Iranian blogger Sina Motallebi in sometime. Hoder or Pedram: Please give us the latest.
: BWG reports that a Hong Kong scientist believes SARS may have come from the civet, an animal used for food and perfume in China.
We’re in for a treat
: Longtime readers of mine will know that I’m a big fan of Rossi (just Rossi); I linked to all her pieces on 9.11; they all displayed strong voice and perspective and wisdom.
Rossi also writes about food and about her amazing life (Jewsweek ran a great piece about the time her parents dumped her on a Hasidic doorstep in hopes they could detangle this frizzy teen).
She has been writing her memoirs but has had a helluva time finding a publisher.
So now she’s making the big mistake of following advice I gave here the other day and she’s going to post her memoirs for us to read — and this is the important part — in hopes that a wise publisher will spot this new talent and great voice and decide to print it in old-fashioned paper for the world to read.
I’ll tell you when Chapter 1 goes up. You will enjoy.
: Nick Denton adds perspective on l’affaire Blair:
Jayson Blair is an exception at the New York Times; his journalistic ‘techniques’ are standard practice among British hacks. And, if I have a complaint about the New York Times, it’s not about accuracy; the newspaper’s dull. Howell Raines was trying to jazz it up. Whether he stays or goes, his external critics and the inhouse reactionaries will be watching. The old, cautious Times used to be known as the Gray Lady. Welcome her back.