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PolitiFact launches the GOP Pledge-O-Meter, tracking the campaign promises of Republican leaders.
Bank of America preparing, big time, for rumored massive WikiLeaks release, while hoping it’s just a bluff. You can’t make this up: Judy Miller calls Assange "bad journalist" who didn’t "verify sources." … NYT returns with a major WikiLeaks cable report after long lag, this time focusing on U.S. diplomats used in sales war in Boeing vs. Airbus rivalry, with hints of bribery, corruption …
Yes, I am still live-blogging all things WikiLeaks, now in the 37th day. Thanks for all your support.
Peter Maass in The New Yorker: How the media inflated the topping of Saddam’s statue.
Amanda Marcotte tweets: "Ross Douthat’s obsessive anger at women for not being breeding factories but choosing instead to be people continues."
CHORDS OF FAME My new piece here on upcoming Phil Ochs film, with trailer and music clips.
THE PIT & THE PENDULUM Paul Krugman warns: Yes, the pit our economy is in may have stopped going deeper but we are still near the bottom … Poynter panel forecsts trends in investigtive reporting for 2011.
IN THE NAVY Commander of nuclear aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise — no, not William Shatner — made crude videos featuring womeh showering and anti-gay slurs. Ironically, his name is Capt. Honors.