Monday, July 11, 2005

Video of today's White House press conference (click link at right on this page).

Cunning Realist: "It's become quite clear that Karl Rove must step down immediately, hasn't it?"

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Allen Johnson weighs in on the possibility of editing comments at the letters-to-the-editor blog: "We are as concerned about this troubling trend as others are and we're mulling our options.

"We're hoping we can come up with solutions that don't hinder the healthy flow of ideas and perspectives."

I think social solutions will work in most cases. Don't feed the trolls, and they will get bored and go away, or keep posting and look foolish. Also, recognize that one reader's troll is sometimes another reader's wit. And, toughen up, it's a public forum not a tea party.

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The sharks were circling White House spokesunit Scott McClellan today. After some contentious moments at this morning's press conference, during which McClellan refused to discuss Rove on the grounds that there is an ongoing investigation, things got hot this afternoon:

QUESTION: Scott, this is ridiculous. The notion that you're going to stand before us, after having commented with that level of detail, and tell people watching this that somehow you've decided not to talk. You've got a public record out there. Do you stand by your remarks from that podium or not?

MCCLELLAN: I'm well aware, like you, of what was previously said. And I will be glad to talk about it at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is when the investigation...

QUESTION: (inaudible) when it's appropriate and when it's inappropriate?

MCCLELLAN: If you'll let me finish.

QUESTION: No, you're not finishing. You're not saying anything. You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke about Joseph Wilson's wife. So don't you owe the American public a fuller explanation. Was he involved or was he not? Because contrary to what you told the American people, he did indeed talk about his wife, didn't he?

MCCLELLAN: There will be a time to talk about this, but now is not the time to talk about it.

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It's not the smokingest of guns, but things are not looking that great for Rove.

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Check out the new N&R site. My experience with redesigns is that it takes a while to get used to the new look, but one usually does. I'm going to give it some time before offering a review, especially because the big check-out-our-changes text box that dominates the home screen makes it hard to see what the new homepage will actually look like.

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Ben Hwang wonders about a Chinese-restaurant review that uses the P.F. Chang's chain as a positive reference point. Like Ben, I'll give Phoenix a chance, but it's true that for all the good food in Greensboro, our Chinese restaurants are largely stuck in a fried-and-oversauced fastfood rut.

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Truth and Rec hearings this Friday and Saturday.

These folks are going to produce a document, even without the buy-in of the City. If all they hear is one side, their report will be biased and inaccurate. I hope they get enough input from a variety of viewpoints to create something worthwhile.

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