"His chances are slim enough in this case that if I woke up next November to discover that we would have four more years of Obama, I might ask whether there was some sort of October surprise: “Mitt in Torrid Affair With Filipina Housekeeper.” Subhead: “Illegal Immigrant Got Free Romneycare.” Then I might ask if Sarah Palin had run on the Tea Party ballot line and taken 6 percent of the vote."
"He said he understood the thinking of the tournaments, the importance of the television contracts, the money to be made. But he also said the players needed more power, more of a voice. He said they needed to discuss forming a union."
Rafael Nadal, trade unionist. Maybe he’s a reader.
So MSNBC’s Mark Halperin, who is often wrong, was suspended for saying President Barack Obama was acting like a “dick” at yesterday’s press conference. (The New York Times story won’t tell you what he actually said. They just call it a “slur,” apparently because you can’t handle the truth.)
This is the terrain the Libyan rebels have chosen to cross en route to Brega, the oil town they hope to retake from forces loyal to Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi. The three under-equipped gentlemen in the foreground are trudging across a knoll that rises slightly over an expanse of open desert…
New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (right, in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far left) seek cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf on Friday, March 11. Hicks and Addario, along with NYT correspondents Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, were reported missing near lines of advancing Gadhafi forces two days ago, the NYT announced on Wednesday. This was the last known photo of any of the reporters.
MJ’s friend, video journalist David Botti, is crushing it for the New York Times in Libya. Today, he offered an intimate portrait of Omar al-Sigury, a recently married Benghazi construction worker who is joining the rebels’ front lines. When asked if the rebels are well-equipped to fight Qaddafi, al-Sigury — one of seven siblings — answers:
No. We have nothing. We have faith. We have trust in God that we’ll get victory. We’re going but we don’t even know if we’ll come back.
“Although it is our aim to be impartial in our presentation of the news, our attitude toward these issues is far from indifferent. The journalists at The Times have a large and personal stake in the country’s security. We live and work in a city that has been tragically marked as a favorite terrorist target, and in the wake of 9/11 our journalists plunged into the ruins to tell the story of what happened here. Moreover, The Times has nine staff correspondents assigned to the two wars still being waged in the wake of that attack, plus a rotating cast of photographers, visiting writers and scores of local stringers and support staff. They work in this high-risk environment because, while there are many places you can go for opinions about the war, there are few places — and fewer by the day — where you can go to find honest, on-the-scene reporting about what is happening. We take extraordinary precautions to keep them safe, but we have had two of our Iraqi journalists murdered for doing their jobs. We have had four journalists held hostage by the Taliban — two of them for seven months. We had one Afghan journalist killed in a rescue attempt. Last October, while I was in Kabul, we got word that a photographer embedded for us with troops near Kandahar stepped on an improvised mine and lost both his legs.
We are invested in the struggle against murderous extremism in another sense. The virulent hatred espoused by terrorists, judging by their literature, is directed not just against our people and our buildings but also at our values and at our faith in the self-government of an informed electorate. If the freedom of the press makes some Americans uneasy, it is anathema to the ideologists of terror.
So we have no doubts about where our sympathies lie in this clash of values. And yet we cannot let those sympathies transform us into propagandists, even for a system we respect.”