One secret of fiction is the creation of unique characters who are precisely defined. The secret of comedy is the same, with the difference being that the characters must be obsessed with unwholesome but understandable human desires. Many comedies have the same starting place: A hero who must obtain his dream, which should if possible be difficult, impractical, eccentric or immoral. As he marches toward his goal, scattering conventional citizens behind him, we laugh because of his selfishness, and because secretly that's how we'd like to behave, if we thought we could get away with it.That's right. It's the lede of Roger Ebert's review of Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. |W|P|109121412946419178|W|P||W|P|
The traditional greeting at the Democratic National Convention is, "Where do you teach?" On rare occasions, the greeting is modified to, "Where does your husband teach?" or "Where does your gay lover teach?" (Democrats could save a lot of money by holding the Democratic National Convention and the National Education Association Convention at the same time.)Now that is a good lede. That is a readable lede. Why, for USAT, did she lead with "Here at the Spawn of Satan convention?" It goes on:
The Democrats keep loudly proclaiming that Republicans represent only extremely white rich people, while the Democrats represent all Americans. (Bar bet: Among the four major candidates for president and vice president this year, who has the smallest net worth? Answer: George Bush.)Also good. This is a statement based in fact, and easily sourced, and riffs off actual happenings at the Dem convention. Why, for USAT, did she make up shit about hippie cartoon characters?
Democrats are representative of the nation only if the nation we're talking about is Brazil. For Democrats, there is only the maid and millionaires. There are no Americans in the middle. To the extent Democrats are forced to recognize working-class white men, they call them "fascists."This is hyperbole, of course, but hyperbole is okay.
To thunderous applause here in the American Taliban, billionaire Teresa Heinz Kerry said she looks forward to a day when "women who have earned the right to be opinionated will be called smart and informed -- just as men are." It's no wonder Democrats weren't interested in liberating Afghanistan and Iraq from woman-hating Islamicist fanatics: They think real oppression of women consists of people calling Teresa "opinionated" right here in the USA.Another fair joke! Coulter riffs on the NAACP's insane rhetoric and brings in some real Republican anger to the fantastical goo of the DNC - the willfull negligence of the reasons George Bush got into all those wars. Without posting more of this, I think it's clear that this kind of column would have been 95% acceptable for USAT. Indeed, it's what we were expecting - some observations and bullshit-spinning from a writer who's angry at the way Democrats are presenting themselves. But it was easier for Coulter to turn in a poorly-written screed and then cry "censorship." And it's easy for media critics to criticize USAT for getting what we paid for when a cursory look at what we paid for reveals that we got scammed.|W|P|109112303173688986|W|P||W|P|
To clarify: Ann Coulter, instead of working on her column with the editors who hired her, fled Boston, printed her column (with her editors' notes) online, and gave interviews to TV hosts and columnists who made no effort to get the other side of the story. |W|P|109112124328388105|W|P||W|P|
Foreman: Are you going to go to the Republican convention?
Moore: Yes, I am. I already have my credentials.
Foreman: How do you think you'll be received there?
Moore: I think it will be fine. Are you implying that Republicans are not nice people?
Foreman: No. I'm implying that you have a lot of fans here.Moore:I already have my credentials. And so do my 25 bodyguards. [Laughs] Just kidding. I'm a guest columnist for USA Today. They'll be running my columns, by the way, because I'm willing to work with an editor. You know what happened with Ms. Coulter.
The Reverend [Al Sharpton] gets way too much attention for the level of support he generated during his campaign this year, and worse, he’s self-indulgent. And tonight his self-indulgence – less so, in my mind, for his remarks as for the length of his speech – could jeopardize a schedule intended to feature John Edwards more than anything else. Because Edwards is the party’s best speaker right now, Sharpton's grab imposes a terrible penalty on Edwards, John Kerry and the message tonight and for the week. Edwards needs to be able to take his time tonight, bask in every applause moment, and still finish by 11 EST.I puzzled over this, too. Why did the party give Sharpton a nigh-prime time slot, considering he won less delegates than Dennis Kucinich? Was it because they feared anything less would be a slight to blacks? That's terribly insulting, for reasons Mark Bowden entailed in The Atlantic (not online) and I touched on here. Sharpton has no base or grounding in modern political reality, but he says he does, and - one last time? - the party fell for it. |W|P|109112086226720262|W|P||W|P|
STEWART: Listen, he`s--I think, you know, if he doesn`t rise to the occasion, he doesn`t deserve to be president. But the interesting thing to me is, with all the challenges that face the country today, whether it be terrorism or the economy or that, the real question is, are the Democratic wives loose cannons? I think that`s really the thing that we should all be talking about. BROKAW: Well, we had a chance to talk with Teresa Heinz Kerry earlier tonight. And she said that reporter mischaracterized what she had said. He came back to her and said, what were you talking about un-American activities? STEWART: Right. BROKAW: And she said certain un-American traits, which is civil discourse in American politics. STEWART: Absolutely. But it is--I think we should focus a lot of time on the wife race, because, as you remember, we nearly lost World War II when Eleanor Roosevelt told the reporter from "The Hartford Times Courant" to sit on it. So, these are issues that we really should be talking about. And Teresa Heinz Kerry, for what it`s worth, yesterday I saw kill a hobo with her bare hands. BROKAW: Now, when you`re down here on the fort, a lot of people come up and ask your opinion. (LAUGHTER) STEWART: You`re going to let me go with that? You`re just going to let me say Teresa Heinz Kerry killed a hobo with her bare hands? BROKAW: Yes. Yes. Right. Yes.Heh. |W|P|109094230075172582|W|P||W|P|
DISC ONE 1. Hand In Glove (single version) 2. Handsome Devil (live Manchester Hacienda 4/2/83) 3. Reel Around The Fountain (Peel session) 4. Handsome Devil (Peel session) 5. What Difference Does It Make? (Peel session) 6. These Things Take Time (David Jensen session) 7. You've Got Everything Now (David Jensen session) 8. Accept Yourself (David Jensen session) 9. Back To The Old House (Peel session) 10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (Peel session) 11. This Charming Man (Peel session) 12. Still Ill (Peel session) 13. This Charming Man (single version) 14. Jeane (Troy Tate demo) 15. Accept Yourself 16. Wonderful Woman 17. This Charming Man (instrumental) 18. What Difference Does It Make? 19. Back To The Old House 20. These Things Take Time 21. Rusholme Ruffians (Peel session) 22. Nowhere Fast (Peel session) 23. Hand In Glove (with Sandie Shaw on vocals) 24. Jeane (with Sandie Shaw on vocals) 25. I Don't Owe You Anything (Sandie Shaw on vocals) DISC TWO 1. Reel Around The Fountain 2. You've Got Everything Now 3. Miserable Lie 4. Pretty Girls Make Graves 5. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle 6. Still Ill 7. Hand In Glove (remixed by John Porter) 8. What Difference Does It Make? 9. I Don't Owe You Anything 10. Suffer Little Children 11. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 12. Girl Afraid 13. William, It Was Really Nothing 14. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want 15. How Soon Is Now? 16. Oscillate Wildly 17. The Headmaster Ritual 18. Rusholme Ruffians 19. I Want The One I Can't Have 20. What She Said 21. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore 22. Nowhere Fast 23. Well I Wonder 24. Barbarism Begins At Home 25. Meat Is Murder DISC THREE 1. Shakespeare's Sister 2. What She Said 3. Stretch Out And Wait 4. Nowhere Fast (live Oxford 18/3/85) 5. Stretch Out And Wait (live Oxford 18/3/85) 6. Shakespeare's Sister (live Oxford 18/3/85) 7. Meat Is Murder (live Oxford 18/3/85) 8. Miserable Lie (live Oxford 18/3/85) 9. What She Said (live Oxford 18/3/85) 10. Asleep 11. Rubber Ring 12. What's The World? (live Glasgow 25/9/85) 13. Money Changes Everything 14. Unloveable 15. The Queen Is Dead/Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty 16. Frankly, Mr. Shankly 17. I Know It's Over 18. Never Had No One Ever 19. Cemetry Gates 20. Bigmouth Strikes Again 21. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side 22. Vicar In A Tutu 23. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 24. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others 25. Panic 26. The Draize Train DISC FOUR 1. Ask 2. Cemetry Gates 3. Golden Lights 4. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby 5. Shoplifters Of The World Unite 6. London 7. Half A Person 8. Sheila Take A Bow 9. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (live London 12/12/86) 10. Is It Really So Strange? (Peel session) 11. Sweet And Tender Hooligan (Peel session) 12. Work Is A Four Letter Word 13. I Keep Mine Hidden 14. A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours 15. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish 16. Death Of A Disco Dancer 17. Girlfriend In A Coma 18. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before 19. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me 20. Unhappy Birthday 21. Paint A Vulgar Picture 22. Death At One's Elbow 23. I Won't Share YouIf you excise the alternate versions, demos and live tracks, I think you could come up with a 3-disc set. If you dig up more demos for the first disc, make discs two thru four nothing but album tracks, b-sides and 12-inches, and compile all the live stuff on disc five, you could conceivably have a solid 5-disc set. I'd take anything, honestly. The Smiths are possibly the worst-anthologized band of all time. |W|P|109044829117169587|W|P||W|P|
At least they've still got Arnold. |W|P|109035923435134522|W|P||W|P|
-- Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) Sen. Santorum, who has served in the United States Senate since 1995, is now the third ranking Republican in the Senate and serves as Conference Chairman. Sen. Santorum is a leader in the fight to reform and improve America's social welfare system and he has worked closely with President Bush on numerous aspects of his compassion agenda. Sen. Santorum currently serves as co-chair of the Bush-Cheney '04 Pennsylvania Leadership Team.
-- Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) In 1996, the people of Kansas elected Sam Brownback as their 32nd U.S. Senator, filling out the unexpired portion of Sen. Bob Dole's term. In 1998, they re- elected Brownback to a second term. Brownback shares the president's vision of growing the economy through tax relief, vigorously defending this country in the War on Terror, and building a culture of responsibility. Sen. Brownback currently serves as Co-Chair of the Bush-Cheney '04 Kansas Leadership Team.
I'm thinking of finally sitting down and writing a real book about what I think conservatism should be.Actually, you can also mark this under "Ben Domenech suicide watch." Which isn't the most displeasing idea, really. |W|P|109017696747029342|W|P||W|P|
David Weigel, 22, the former editor of a conservative magazine at Northwestern University, a contributor to the libertarian magazine Reason and an intern at the editorial page of USA Today, said that last spring his college paper had trouble finding any conservatives on campus who supported amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. He contended that even young conservatives who maintained a strict moral code for themselves were increasingly reluctant to regulate the behavior of others. "I am personally abstinent," he said, "and I plan to stay that way, but I have no problem with international aid programs that use or distribute condoms."Well, that's neat. |W|P|109008139259492471|W|P||W|P|
Fat AND Attractive? Sorry, that's an oxymoron. If it were true, I wouldn't have problems finding a girlfriend. Comment by: Mark S. at July 16, 2004 12:17 PM --- You probably have trouble finding a girlfriend because you've fallen for the air brushed pictures you see in your Hustler mags. Comment by: beachgirl at July 16, 2004 12:18 PMBurned!|W|P|108999985099033101|W|P||W|P|
# The Bush campaign has a pair of ads out questioning Kerry's decision making and values. After several ads this past week on gay marriage from groups such as the Human Rights Campaign and MoveOn.org, there is no news yet on ads from outside groups on any topics for next week. Here's what's on the air for now … # 4 Bush-Cheney ads slamming Kerry's record and priorities # 12 Kerry-Edwards ads touting the team's credentials # 0 anti-Nader ads on television, but 1 radio ad still running # 4 New Democrat Network ads still pushing for Hispanic unity behind the Democratic PartyYou can see the ads yourself at the Museum of the Moving Image's website. After airing one ad stressing that Bush made the best of a bad hand, it's been bash bash bash smear bash bash. Kind of expected, although the "priorities" ad torques me off, with the assertion that "the Laci Peterson law protects pregnant women from violence." It protects unborn children from violence, for the love of fuck. I'm more surprised the Kerry/Edwards ads are so positive. At this point in 1992 (the most ready corrolary to this campaign), the Clinton folks had run some hard-hitting stuff against Bush Sr and his handling of the economy. The tag line "America can't AFFORD four more years" is one of the more effective in recent campaign history. This leads me to consider that third-party groups - MoveOn.org, pundits, weblogs - are doing Kerry's work for him by blasting the unholy hell out of Bush on an hourly basis. World events are doing the damage, yeah, but these groups are doing the heavy lifting.|W|P|108999824479179869|W|P||W|P|
Candidate Kerry's choice for Homeland Security Advisor, Rand Beers, is a seasoned drug warrior who has already shown his loyalty to the well being of the drug war, no matter how many lives it destroys, or how many narco- terrorists are enriched along the way. ... Beers' drug warrior credentials go way back. As he put it in a 2002 deposition, "I first began to work in the counter-narcotics area in 1988 when I was on the National Security Counsel staff." More recently, before he quit his Bush White House position as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism and joined the Kerry camp, he served in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations' as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; the top cop and chief apologist for America's war on drugs in Latin America. He is also one of the architects of "Plan Colombia," the multi-billion dollar militarization of the drug war in Colombia (which is now funded as part of the "Andean Counterdrug Initiative").I maintain guarded optimism about whether Kerry might be less stupidly anti-marijuana than Bush, but it appears he's going to keep flushing money on the drug war.|W|P|108992059676269794|W|P||W|P|
Without getting into the merits of DOMA, I don't understand why people get so upset about the Senate holding votes for legislation that won't pass. Should only legislation that is guaranteed passage be brought to the floor? Whether you are for against the Defense of Marriage Act, is it so terrible that the public know where politicians stand during an election year? I just don't get it.It's because they are putting other legislation on the back burner even though they're going on a six-week vacation on July 26. Jesus Christ. Talk to someone who isn't a connected conservative, Goldberg. We want other shit to get done.|W|P|108966508593458816|W|P||W|P|
Dr DeAngelsis says a limited number of individuals have been selected and approved to come to Bangkok by someone in the government. There have been suggestions from a number of scientists that this policy was introduced because Tommy Thompson, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), was not well received at the last International Aids Conference two years ago. Dr DeAngelsis added: "On further investigation, when I talked to people I know in Washington, it's because Tommy Thompson was booed in Barcelona. "For someone from the United States to object to freedom of speech, this is ridiculous.Hell yeah! How dare the US not respect freedom of speech?
Thompson was scheduled to give a speech about the U.S. contribution to the global fight against AIDS at the 14th international AIDS conference. Shortly after he arrived at the podium, at least 100 protesters carrying signs and megaphones rushed the stage and began chanting, "No more lies." The placards the protesters carried read, "Bush and Thompson Wanted: For the murder and neglect of PWAs" -- persons with AIDS. The secretary stood and watched the protest for 15 minutes and then did manage to finish an inaudible 10-minute speech before he left the podium.Sigh.|W|P|108965735087220280|W|P||W|P|
Then the book tour would begin, with a trip to California ("my fiefdom," he calls it). After California he'd travel to Seattle ("where of course they love me," he says). And after Seattle he'll come back to Washington via Chicago. It's a packed schedule. Wilson says he is looking forward to it. (snip) Wilson's profanity (he tosses f--s and bull--s around like loose change) is one way you can tell that his book was ghostwritten. The language in The Politics of Truth is scrubbed of all vulgarity, indeed of all personality. Another way you can tell the book was ghostwritten is that a well-known ghostwriter, Michele Slung, is mentioned in the acknowledgments. Wilson thanks her for her work as his "editor"--one of three "editors" who worked on the book. And still another reason it's obvious Wilson didn't write The Politics of Truth is the cavalier way he talks about it. "I don't think [Valerie's] read the whole thing from beginning to end," Wilson told the American Prospect's Tara McKelvey last week. "In fact, I'm not sure I have." It's probably better that Wilson not read his book, because The Politics of Truth is an uneven mishmash of memoir, anti-Bush rant, and "investigative journalism." What Wilson did was take his newfound celebrity and use it as an excuse to rewrite and publish several hours of oral testimony about his foreign service career that he delivered to the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training in January 2001. Thus most of the book recounts Wilson's 23 years in government: from his time as a foreign service officer in Niamey, Niger, to his role as chargé in Baghdad during Operation Desert Shield, and concluding with his job as a member of Clinton's National Security Council. It was a varied career with many accomplishments. All of which Wilson shares with the reader at length. For example, he was indeed the last American official to meet Saddam Hussein (back in 1991) before the dictator was pulled from his spider hole in December 2003. He was the architect of President Clinton's tour of Africa in 1998. And he saved the New York Times.The book really is that bad. I reviewed it (anonymously) a few months back.|W|P|108965597074783314|W|P||W|P|
Since when did "Six Feet Under" become so utterly pedestrian, so paint-by- numbers? Have the emotional wallops from the past three seasons been so obvious and it's only now becoming clear to, well, at least one viewer? The truth is, "Six Feet Under" has been given its heft by superb dramatic performances -- Hall, Krause and Conroy leading the way. They have taken material that most other actors would butcher or betray, and elevated it to a kind of beautiful suffering that, over the course of time, sucked in a lot of viewers and brought in the accolades. A neat feat. Maybe now the writing is faltering at such a rate that even continued Emmy-worthy performances are just not enough. This season, "Six Feet Under" seems to telegraph its emotional punches, its dark humor seems far less funny and its pathos rings false. Hell, at this point, only the nudity keeps it from seeming like something from a broadcast network.What gets me is how terminally boring the new character's are - namely George (James Cromwell) and his estranged son. There was a similar falling off in "Buffy," when the seventh season was polluted with dull (Cassie) or atrocious (Kennedy) new characters who the writers seemed to be utterly pleased with. "Buffy" ended then - hopefully "SFtU" will end now.|W|P|108965288242845582|W|P||W|P|
"In an age where five million people are newly infected each year and women and girls too often do not have the choice to abstain, an abstinence until marriage program is not only irresponsible, it's really inhumane," Lee said. "Abstaining from sex is oftentimes not a choice, and therefore their only hope in preventing HIV infection is the use of condoms," she added.I cannot parse that. What is this situation in which a woman has sex against her will and is given the option of using a condom? Does she have veto power during a rape? During sex abuse? Really, when are condoms available in circumstances of forced sex? I get that condoms have been proven vital in stopping AIDS transmission in prostutition. That's a consensual situation. A nightmare scenario, where a young girl is fending for herself on the streets and sells sex in order to pay for a next meal, should not be hampered by efforts at promoting abstinence. Should it? Isn't it possible for a state to make condoms readily available for prostitutes and at the same time promote abstinence among young people? But I really have trouble understanding why abstinence education is unacceptable. Let's say there's a disease transferred by diving into those big bins of rubber balls you find at Chuck E. Cheese. Would it make more sense to 1.)supply wetsuits to the general population and encourage them to be cautious about submerging in the rubber balls? Or 2.)not go into the fucking rubber ball bin? UPDATE: Like an idiot, I check out what a BBC talkback solicited on the issue.
Although abstinence is the most reliable way of stopping the spread of Aids it is unrealistic to expect casual sex to stop in a world where sex and sexuality is used to sell everything from cars to films.Why the passive voice - "casual sex to stop" instead of "people to stop casual sex"? It's really not hard to resist this. Try not going out, flirting, and going home with strange sexual partners.
As a South African, I have seen the ravages of Aids on a personal level. And you think, if only they had been careful. If only they had abstained. If only... but the reality is that human beings are sexual creatures, full stop. Live with it. Deal with it. It is the nature of things.Yeah. Many people live with it by remainining faithful to their partners. Fascist swine!
Why is there such hostility to abstinence education? Is it verboten in this day and age to use words such as morality, fidelity, monogamy, or abstinence? If so, the enemy we fight is much worse than HIV.Thank you, Ken in Florida!|W|P|108964771850431744|W|P||W|P|
A group determined to see Dean's name on the November ballot is promising to use Democratic Party rules allowing draft petitions at the upcoming national convention in Boston to knock Kerry's VP choice off the ticket. The group has collected 7,000 signatures and is promising to deliver over 10,000 at the convention. This, the petition explains, is "Democracy in action." "It only takes 300 delegates to mount a draft petition at the convention, and we believe we already have that level of support," said Michael Meurer, co-chair of the National Draft Dean for VP Committee (NDVPC). "Dean is the only VP candidate who genuinely excites the progressive base of the party."I'm actually totally in favor of this. Why have conventions at all if you don't run the risk of chaos and bloodshed?|W|P|108929740848833629|W|P||W|P|
NARRATOR: Did the last four years not really happen? Look, there's Ben Affleck. He's often in my dreams. And the taxi driver guy. He was there too. And little Stevie Wonder, he seemed so happy, like a miracle had taken place. Was it a dream? Or was it real? It was election night 2000 and everything seemed to be going as planned. Series of news clips: In New York, Al Gore is our projected winner. / The Garden State is green for Gore. / We project that Mr. Gore is the winner in Delaware. This state has voted with the winner in... / (Tom Brokaw interrupts) Mike, you know I wouldn't do this if it weren't big: Florida goes for Al Gore. / CNN announces that we call Florida in the Al Gore column. NARRATOR: Then something called the Fox News Channel called the election in favor of the other guy. BRIT HUME: Sorry to interrupt you; Fox News now projects George W. Bush the winner in Florida and thus it appears the winner of the Presidency of the United States. NARRATOR: All of a sudden the other networks said, "Hey, if Fox said it, it must be true." TOM BROKAW: All of us networks made a mistake and projected Florida in the Al Gore column. It was our mistake. NARRATOR: Now what most people don't know is that the man who was in charge of the decision desk at Fox that night, the man who called it for Bush was none other than Bush's first cousin, John Ellis. How does someone like Bush get away with something like this?Here's the very unsympathetic-to-Bush Columbia Journalism Review said about this.
VNS has sent a preliminary report to its members indicating that the mistaken Gore call was "a combination of many factors" -- among them, an unexpectedly large rise in the number of absentee Florida voters, which increased the potential for inaccurate projections. Also: VNS may have overestimated the size of the black vote and underestimated the size of the Cuban vote, both of which mistakes could have made things look better for Gore. The erroneous Bush call, the report shows, was based mostly on incorrect results coming out of Volusia County, as well as on an understatement of Palm Beach County's outstanding votes. As is customary on election days, VNS fed its members three sources of information: exit polls, actual vote results from a sample of precincts, and unofficial county returns. VNS also supplies projections to the member organizations, each of which maintains its own independent decision desk and is individually responsible for the calls it makes. Under an agreement with Congress in 1985, networks call no winners in a state until the majority of its polls are closed. (snip) Exit polls were even less a source of the problem in the egregious projection of Bush as victor just after 2 a.m. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Bush enjoyed an apparent 51,000 vote lead with (supposedly) about 180,000 votes yet to be counted, Mitofsky recalls. "We were well aware of the absentee votes, and well aware of where votes were missing. We knew that much of the outstanding vote was going to come from Democratic areas in Broward and Palm Beach counties. At the time we made the call, we expected Bush's lead to drop to about thirty to 35,000. We found out later that there were close to 400,000 votes outstanding, not 180,000. There were errors in Volusia County and elsewhere that nobody told us about. You can't make correct calls if you're looking at wrong data." Volusia County was a morass of problems on election night, NBC's Gawiser remembers. At one point, county officials ran totals through their computer and concluded that the Socialist Workers party got 9,000 votes -- a virtual impossibility. Over at AP, Wolman's analysts were trying to decide if Bush's apparent lead was impregnable. When the networks made Bush the winner, AP's team hurriedly began poring over county returns. "Our decision desk concluded that there were so many Democratic votes out there that Gore might be able to catch up," Wolman recalls. Reuters moved a story at 2:31 that Bush was the new president. At 2:37, AP advised its clients in an urgent update that the race was not over. Then at 3:11, it moved a "cautionary advisory" that Bush's lead in Florida had shrunk to about 6,000 votes and that uncounted returns in two mostly Democratic counties could determine the outcome. Subsequently, in a "special message" to AP's newspaper and broadcast members, AP president Louis Boccardi built some space between his agency and the other five VNS partners. While acknowledging that AP did hand Florida to Gore early in the evening, he added that, on the Bush tally, "the pressure to join the parade was enormous, but AP people . . . held firm, to their great credit." (snip) Two TV-related events conjoined to lead newspapers over the cliff. First: the 2:16 projection for Bush by Fox News, echoed within four minutes by NBC, CBS, CNN, and ABC. (Fox consultant John Ellis, the governor's cousin, got credit for starting the stampede, a gesture that raised prickly questions about the journalistic propriety of a candidate's relative occupying so sensitive a post.) Second: TV reports that Gore had conceded in a phone call to Bush and was heading for the War Memorial in Nashville to make it official. Says Rich Oppel: "I should have relied on AP. But a seasoned editor, looking at those two factors together, has got to put a lot of weight on them. They pretty much ended the contest for most newspapers."So there's that.|W|P|108872075075389917|W|P||W|P|