Monday, March 14, 2005

Today's Miscellany

IBM Supports Our Troops: According to a New York Daily News report, IBM has fired Michael Warren, a U.S. Army Reservist, because he's been called to duty too often since 9/11. This violates both federal and NY state law, and Warren has filed a lawsuit. IBM is smart enough to give another reason for his firing, citing a "threatening" voice mail message he left for another employee that was clearly a joke. Warren is going to win this one, and I hope it costs IBM some big bucks.

Big-hearted Bernie: Another New York Daily News report says Bernard Kerik took almost $76,000 in royalties for a book designed to benefit a charity for families of policemen and firemen who died on 9/11. Pretty good pay-off for an eleven-sentence foreword to a book of pictures. This is the same Bernie Kerik who used to be the NYC police commissioner and who was nominated by President Bush to be Secretary of Homeland Security. This is also the same Bernie who had affairs with the book's publisher and a female corrections officer in a city-funded apartment overlooking Ground Zero. I'm still wondering how the Bush Administration could have picked him for a cabinet post. Apparently Gannon/Guckert wasn't the only dirtbag they didn't bother to vet properly.

Appalling Interview: Following a link from Drudge, I found this interview in the Chinese People's Daily. The interview was conducted by their Washington correspondent with Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett. The translation is not very good, but if Bennett said the things they're attributing to him this interview is yet another example of the arrogance of the mainstream media. Bennett went out of his way to criticize and demean the U.S. government while aggrandizing the press. Once again, he illustrates the fact that liberal journalists consider their government, and to some extent their fellow countrymen, to be ignorant, dishonest, and evil. They see themselves as being above it all, and most certainly beyond the plebeian impulses of patriotism and loyalty to country. I checked the Washington Post and found no reference to the interview. I won't quote from it; you should read it.


Blogger Gindy said...

How did Bernard Kerik get as far has he did with all his baggage. And he has a lot of baggage. That IBM story is pitiful if that is how it truly went down.

10:58 AM, March 14, 2005  
Blogger Esther said...

IBM deserves to lose BIGTIME.

Oh idiot.

As for the elite media...just charming. I'm not sure they taught THAT at journalism school.

12:45 PM, March 14, 2005  
Blogger B said...

Oh, IBM has stepped in it this time. And Trust Me, that's precisely how it went down. Pigs.

2:12 PM, March 14, 2005  
Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Hopefully IBM will get what it has coming.

Esther, that is EXACTLY what they teach at journalism school. Hunt around and look for good reporters, and generally they did not start out in j-school.

Kerik really is a poster child for self-aggrandizement, isn't he?

5:06 PM, March 14, 2005  

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