Friday, May 25, 2007

Why does anyone buy Time magazine?

I certainly don't. But people do, I guess, because I see it on the news-stands. But why? There are better sources for enjoyable fiction.

Times columnist Joe makes up a conversation out of thin air.

This is what Joe Klein says
...Yesterday I spoke with Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Ca.) just back from Iraq, who voted for the bill--as did a majority of Democrats who are not running for President. "Look, I would love to have cast a vote against Bush on this. We need a new strategy and I hope we can force one in September," she told me. "But I flew into Baghdad on a troop transport with 150 kids, heading into the field. To vote against this bill was to vote against giving them the equipment, the armor they need. I couldn't do that."

Jane Harman (D-Ca.) actually cast her vote against the President on this, and issued this statement:
"Today’s vote must be seen as a referendum on this President’s refusal to listen to a majority of Americans and a majority of Congress, who want him to end the combat mission and implement the Iraq Study Group’s recommendations on training, counter-insurgency, and enhanced diplomatic and economic efforts in the region.

"I support our troops and I refuse to be manipulated. My ‘no’ vote on the Iraq Supplemental is a vote to move past the fractured politics on Iraq and restore some sanity and bipartisanship as Congress confronts the serious threats of the 21st century."


Anonymous said...

This sort of thing would have ended the career of a younger journalist.

Rajan P. Parrikar said...

Joe Klein should come to India where he will feel right at home. This kind of thing is par for the course for Indian journalists, both in broadcast & media.