Our new Think Again column is here. It’s called “Blogosphere to MSM: Get off the Bus (and Walk a Mile in OurShoes…)” It’s about the degree to which the Maureen Dowd flap inspireda look at how much the MSM is learning from the blogosphere, rather thanvice-versa. This week’s Nation column is called “Do “Better” with Less”here and it’s about some unhappy trends in journalism. Earlier this week, I did a “welcome”piece on Bibi Netanyahu’s visit to the Oval Office for The DailyBeast here and then I published a review of an excellentnew book about AIPAC for the Forward which is here.
This week on Moyers:
Reforming healthcare. Washington’s abuzz about healthcare, but whyisn’t a single-payer plan an option on the table? Bill Moyers speakswith advocate Donna Smith about how our broken system is hurtingAmericans, and then with Public Citizen’s Dr. Sidney Wolfe andPhysicians for a National Health Program’s Dr. David Himmelstein aboutthe political and logistical feasibility of health care reform.
Alter-reviews by Sal:
Sinead O’Connor’s career has been uneven to say the least. After theone-two punch of her debut “The Lion & The Cobra” and the monsterfollow-up, “I Do Not Want What I Do Not Have”, Miss O’Connor seemed tohave hit the rum candy a bit too often. Reggae records, Celtic records,religious controversies, a very loose tribute to Peggy Lee, some randomPope abuse, “Do I like men or women?”, O’Connor’s meltdown was subtle,but she has survived, albeit retired from music. (Some would say thatretirement took place right after the second record.)
Speaking of the second record, a new remastered and expanded version hasjust been released, and while some of the music hasn’t aged well, theremastering is excellent and the material, at times, is quite strong. “I Do Not Want What I Do Not Have”, of course, boasts the hit,Prince-penned single “Nothing Compares 2 U,” but also has such greattracks as “Three Babies”, “Black Boys On Mopeds”, and the super-catchysecond single “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The bonus disc collects justabout everything Sinead recorded right around the release of the record.While it’s great, if you’re a fan, to have all this material in oneplace, Disc 2 doesn’t offer a very smooth listen, as say, some of thoseexcellent Sony/Legacy reissues that offer a full live show. Unreleasedmaterial like covers of Gregory Isaacs’ “Night Nurse” and John Lennon’s”Mind Games” are fine, but not when a 5 minute version of “Silent Night”is smack dab in the middle. Still…a nice package.