“I place a stack of 18 postcards in front of me and write on each of them a question that has been on my mind since I left Pelican Bay: ‘Do you think prolonged SHU confinement is torture?’ I send them to prisoners across the state and 14 write back, all with the same answer: ‘yes.’ One tells…
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Behind the comparisons to Jimmy Carter and the references to “peace through strength” is a dubious policy critique: not just that Obama is Carter and Romney is Reagan, but that somehow sufficient man-musk from an American president can dissuade any potential terrorist from laying his finger on an American diplomat.
Judith Miller uses Mother Jones' Trayvon Martin coverage to school her Fox News colleagues
Yes, that Judy Miller. While her conservative colleagues were busy arguing Trayvon’s death wasn’t a national story, and the media had done a poor job of reporting, Miller shot back Saturday:
ELLEN RATNER: …and the journalists didn’t do their jobs in terms of the racial composition of the community, were there other racially motivated crimes in that community — ‘cause they’re all just talking about racism — and the history of this guy, Zimmerman, and whether he in fact on his other calls — which, he made thirtysome calls over the last ten years to 911, or the cops, did they have a racial component. Nobody really looked at that…
…The press has been terrible on Zimmerman’s family. We don’t have any profiles of the guy, we don’t know his family life —
JUDITH MILLER: —I’m sorry, Mother Jones did a very piece on this that has a lot of the elements that you say haven’t been covered. in fact, it has been covered.
Oh, and Ellen, if you read our reporting, you’ll find that George Zimmerman made 46 calls between January 2011 and Trayvon’s death. Not “thirtysome.” Add in the previous years’ totals, and there are many more.