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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows a remarkable turnaround in 17 battleground states where polls and historic trends indicate the race will be close, and where the Bush campaign has aired TV ads. Those ads say Bush has provided "steady leadership in times of change" while portraying Kerry as a tax-hiking, flip-flopping liberal...

I worried about this. To win elective office, you need name recognition and a fundraising machine. That's it. No policy, no ideas, no political party. Just two things. Our future, peopled with celebrity Governators and political dynasties, will make today's politicians look as wise as the Founding Fathers.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

NPR Executive Vice President Ken Stern told The Post that the firing of Edwards was part of a "natural evolution" that had "to do with the changing needs of our listeners." What "natural evolution"? What does that mean? And what "changing needs"? Listen, Ken, my needs haven't changed. I still want news in the morning. I still want smart features. - from Cohen in the WaPo's "Empty Talk at NPR"

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

So I haven't posted for a million years, but then when I read that Bob Edwards is leaving Morning Edition, I have to say I was shocked and dismayed. I remember his shows with Red Barber. He's sort of the epitome of the NPR sound: folksy (in a good way and bad), and very old-school radio. So I'll miss him, ok?

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