Joshua Micah Marshall takes a look in Talking Points Memo.
Archives for May 2004
FAA hired a chimpanzee to manage quality-assurance. Kind of scary too though: “…a tape recording made on 9/11/01 containing statements from ‘at least six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners… was destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it.'”
MSNBC has posted the full U.S. Army report on Iraqi prisoner abuse, aka the Taguba report (after its author).
Record companies are quickly becoming nothing more than caricatures of themselves, as you can see in this Wired News article: Record Industry Wants Still More. You think they’d be happy that things are finally starting to move in their direction. The only shocking thing to learn is that Tina Weymouth seems to have bought in to the RIAA party line. I would hope for more sophistication from her.
Disney is preventing Miramax from distributing Michael Moore’s next film, Fahrenheit 911. Many will call it censorship, and there are concerns that Jeb Bush has warned Disney to take such action in exchange for tax breaks in Florida. More accurately, it’s cowardice: “The [Disney] executive said Mr. Moore’s film is deemed to be against Disney’s interests not because of the company’s business dealings with the government but because Disney caters to families of all political stripes and believes Mr. Moore’s film… could alienate many.”