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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Press Review

From today's edition of NORMAN'S SPECTATOR (where the articles are hotlinked).

US papers front the presidential campaign and Iraq (here's the latest), which also figures prominently in the British press.

Across the pond, Margaret Hassan, gambling and Tony Blair’s plans for a referendum on the EU constitution also receive front page treatment.

At home, the parliamentary press gallery was partying with politicians last night; we’ll soon see whether they or readers won.

From Moncton, La Presse Canadienne reports on why yours truly was not there.

(There are more explosive revelations than that in the book by William Kaplan. Who knows? After the media finish partying, you may read the juicier ones, possibly even in English.)

The New York Times’ Public Editor opens his mailbag on media bias. Washington Post Ombudsman Michael Getler says the press fell short in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

The Times’ editorial board wades in on electoral reform and counterfeit goods. (N.B. These are two separate editorials.)

Maureen Dowd writes about John Kerry--hunter, while Tom Friedman writes about Jews, Israel and America.

The Washington Post’s editorial board endorses John Kerry for President. Michael Kinsley writes about his wife’s tax bill, and the Wall Street Journal.

David Broder evaluates the two candidates. George Will writes about voter fraud.

Jim Hoagland sees progress in Iraq . Bob Woodward asks whether Kerry would have done things differently.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board comments on Miss America, electoral reform and education reform.

Christopher Hitchens and others comment on what’s going right in Iraq. David Gelernter writes that Bush makes him laugh but he’s voting for him anyway.

(Michael Kinsley’s Kerry piece is published in the West Coast Times, too, which is not surprising since he edits the page.

The Toronto Star fronts hockey, transit funding feuds (they’re pleased at least in Windsor) and the presidential campaign.

Jennifer Wells is onto Céline Dion. Olivia Ward serves up a feature on Israeli novelist Amos Oz.

Graham Fraser sat down with Keith Spicer, who’s back from Paris. Unlike Stephen Harper, he’s also been to Belgium and he pans it as a model for Canada.

Richard Gwyn says Harper has blown his credibility and we’re back to a one-party state. Sandro Contenta reports that Britain is winning the battle of the homeless.

The editorial board weighs in on BSE and wants the government to review the Noranda takeover.

Rick Anderson weighs in on the presidential campaign. Haroon Siddiqui tries to understand why George Bush is still in the race; I’d say he doesn’t quite make it.

Linda McQuaig thinks it was a good idea for Guardian readers to write to Americans about the election; talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

In CanWest land, the Edmonton Journal fronts the dangers of home blood pressure tests. Lorne Gunter reviews Margaret Wente.

The Calgary Herald fronts the upcoming election and more on how Alaskans deal with oil revenues. The editorial board writes,

“Stephen Harper's new strategy for Quebec , as outlined in a recent speech in Quebec City , is provocative, curious and risky all at once and in large part because of its similarity to earlier, misguided attempts by Brian Mulroney to appeal to that province.”

The Montréal Gazette fronts the US campaign. The Ottawa Citizen fronts a global contraceptive shortage and how one of our founding fathers fought the Fenians.

In the Toronto Sun, Peter Worthington muses about media spin by the military. Linda Williamson wades in on Harper’s Belgium, Ben Mulroney criticizes Copps.

Eric Margolis explains why the world dreads Bush. Bob MacDonald puts the kibosh on Kerry.

In Winnipeg, Tom Brodbeck poops on the child care lobby. In Calgary, Ted Byfield is onto the Chinese takeover, Licia Corbella the hate-preaching Vancouver sheikh.

From Ottawa, Greg Weston looks at the subs, Doug Fisher at Harper and at the press gallery. Bill Rogers has more poop on the press.

In Edmonton, Neil Waugh looks at oil prices, Paul Stanway says beware of Ottawa. Mindelle Jacobs is onto tobacco.

Posted by Norman Spector on October 24, 2004 | Permalink


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Remember Bin Laden?

Well the US government knows exactly where he is. Pakistan according to John Lehman, a member of the 9-11 commission.


Bin Laden is living in South Waziristan in the Baluchistan Mountains of the Baluchistan region, Lehman told The San Bernardino Sun after delivering a keynote speech on terrorism at Pitzer College in Claremont.

In the exclusive interview, Lehman noted, "There is an American presence in the area, but we can't just send in troops. If we did, we could have another Vietnam, and the United States cannot afford that right now."

Posted by: MWW | 2004-10-24 5:11:46 PM

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