According to some propaganda that showed up in the mailbox recently from the Republican National Committee, the GOP is “reaching out” to new constituencies in an effort to “broaden their base.” Saw evidence of that this week when news broke that porn star Mary Carey will attend the June 14th President’s Dinner sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Aside from the death, destruction and lasting damage to American interests it sparked, the other tragedy in Newsweek magazine’s misjudgment in printing an apparently unverifiable item about desecration of the Koran by the U.S. military is the harm done to the credibility of the nation’s press. It is just more fuel for those who in increasing numbers allege that this country’s media is biased, unfair and irresponsible.
Senate Republicans seem to be prepared to rubber-stamp the Bush administration’s request that the law be given a blanket renewal. And they would go even further and give the FBI broad new powers to issue subpoenas without first getting approval from a judge or grand jury.