Wednesday, March 19, 2014

At one time I oversaw FOIA at a Federal agency, having to forward requests to the White House for review must impose a tremendous burden on both requesters and agency personnel.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I saw a breif mention of a Venezuelan skier who left the Olympics in protest over the represive regime in his native country so I looked for coverage of the protests in Venezuela in the Washington Post and had to leaf through to page A11 before I found the coverage.  Granted it was a half page article, but page A11!  The violence in the Ukraine got front page coverage and violence in Syria and Beirut were covered a paige earlier.  It led me to think about US media coverage of socialist regimes and the apparent, at least to me,  lack of critical comentary on governments in Cuba, Venezuela, and China, all socialist or communist countries.  Historically there is a pattern here I beleive, Walter Duranty of the New York Times covered the Soviet Union during the regime of Joseph Stalin and painted a glowing picture of the "reforms" Stalin was instituting in remaking the USSR into a socialist utipia.  His reports failed to mention the millions of Ukranians that were starved as a result of Stalin's efforts, nevertheless, Duranty was awarded a Pulitzer Prize by the US media elite.  Today Duranty has been discredited as a Stalinist lackey but the media establishment will not rescind his prize.  You don't have to look too deep to find praise of Mao, Castro, or Chavez by leftists media and entertaiment types, and it puzzles me no end how people living and prospering in a free society can fawn over repressive regimes.  Would Danny Glover be a millionaire if he lived in Venezuela?  How many journalists are in prision in Cuba and China, yet you rarely see mention of them in the media.  Instead we hear about normalizing relations with Cuba or how great their health care and educational systmes are, I guess that is why so many Cubas are smart and healthy living in poverty.  I simply don't understand the left's infatuation with the Soviet/socialist style government when it has proven to be so inept and represive.