Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Tuesday night line

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Your comments welcome. Close-outs:

* NEWSPAPER LOBBYING: The Arkansas Press Association is rallying the troops against legislation to be considered at an interim committee meeting June 15-16 that would allow governments to post public notices on-line rather than in newspapers. It would save a world of taxpayer money. The APA, naturally, opposes it. It argues that most people read newspapers (I'm not sure I believe that) while web access is far more limited (true, but that's changing rapidly and dramatically). A change would produce a less informed public, the trade group argues. I'd like to note that the newspaper lobby has managed to set the definition for what a newspaper is and who may and may not receive government payment for legal ads. Free circulation publications, for example, are cut out of some categories of business. Someday, when the dead-tree editions are all supplanted by digital editions, will newspapers argue that the ads must only go in their paid digital editions, not free government websites? Anyway, here's the newspapers' brief for killing the legislation.

* THE HERMINATOR: Republican candidate Herman Cain criticizes Rep. Eric Cantor for playing politics with disaster aid for Joplin, insisting on spending reductions before giving aid. The issue is too important to be made a political football, Cain says. Uh, yeah.

* PROPHETIC WORDS: A New York Times writers reports on an interview three weeks ago with Rep. Anthony Weiner about his heavy and punchy use of Twitter:

“I know the risk. I’ve seen enough stories about the risk, and I’ve kind of kicked the line of the risk a couple of times,” he said.

Of course, the risks I was asking him about were that he might offend someone with his sharp voice — I had no idea that he had been carrying on sexually explicit conversations with women via Facebook and Twitter. But some of his comments were, in hindsight, striking.

“With absolutely metaphysical certitude, I will say that I will offend somebody or make a mistake once in a while,” Mr. Weiner told me. “I won’t always be politically correct, and I’m sorry in advance.”

Not sorry enough.

PS — Evening news leading with Republican calls for Weiner's resignation. I don't think that's a bad idea, as I wrote yesterday. But ... DAVID EFFEN VITTER DID WORSE. WHERE ARE THE CALLS FOR HIS RESIGNATION FROM THIS PACK OF REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITES?

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