A.M. 7-28-08: Big Oil Agitprop, Hamptons Gloom, Release the Hounds
Running down the dailies:
Tell us something we don't know.
Frederic U. Dicker's "exclusive" is that Gov. David Paterson is going to make "an unprecedented special address" to New Yorkers about it.
It's not unprecedented for Paterson to make a special speech about New Yorkers getting fucked. He did the same thing earlier this year about Eliot Spitzer.
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Crime hed/lede of the morning. Courtesy of Edgar Sandoval, Xana O'Neill, and Simone Weichselbaum (and their editors), to wit and to the point:
Shameless propaganda for oil companies. The word "profit" doesn't even make an appearance, despite the fact that only four months ago Congress publicly grilled oil execs for their exorbitant profit-taking.
The paper's Keith Bradsher writes this morning:
Yes, the oil-patch president, the one who failed in the oil bidness despite subsidies from Daddy Bush's rich pals, is telling America about poor, poor Big Oil.
In any case, the Times story is relative hogwash — which will not, unfortunately, power your vehicle.
You're much better off (in knowledge, not money) reading this morning's overseas/oil story in the Washington Post, "China's Cars, Accelerating A Global Demand for Fuel," wherein Ariana Eunjung Cha notes:
She doesn't mention the word "profit" either, but the WashPost story at least points fingers at Chinese consumers and their SUVs instead of some hapless Indonesian and his battered wooden freighter. Typical of a Times story to blame the poor, no matter how many poor kids the paper sends to summer camp.
No one remembers, of course, the time when government regulation of U.S. oil production — a rational idea never considered these days — was actually pushed by a White House. Read this history lesson from the U.K. site Spartacus Educational:
He was referring to the former oil-depletion allowance, but the oil bidness still reaps the benefits of absurd, destructive tax breaks. When Congress roasted the oil execs last April, CNN's Steve Hargeaves pointed out:
Post: "PARTY'S OVER IN E. END"
Mediocre hed (for the Post), but Selim Algar's lede does a good job of mongering fear:
Classic Post toastie — investigative gossip — by Jeane MacIntosh and Kati Cornell:
It is hard to believe that the Post didn't at least use this piece to take a shot at Hillary and Bill Clinton — Burkle is perhaps their prime sugar daddy. (See my February 2008 item "Gelt Trip" for details.)
But the story does have a great kicker:
In the journo game, you haven't made your bones as a reporter until you've been threatened by a politician or a mogul's dogs or had a sheriff pin you against a wall like a butterfly.
Timesman Mike McIntire's story is promoted this way: "The International Republican Institute is in many ways at odds with John McCain's political outsider image." His lede:
Sorry, Mike, I wrote about McCain's links to this GOP agitprop arm in April — when he called Bush "a president who dares to work for the best" — and about the IRI's links to the Wolfie/World Bank scandal before that.
Bush does dare to work for the best and richest oil execs. McIntire's story, however, does dare to insert some good detail.
But this continuing canard about McCain as a "political outsider." Jesus, he's anything but.
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