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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Spreading freedom abroad; destroying it at home

NY Times:
In a symbolic decision that no doubt will be scrutinized by the Kremlin leadership, Ms. Rice invited senior editors of Novaya Gazeta, a leading independent journal, to a meeting at her hotel, a session that included the son of the assassinated journalist Anna Politkovskaya, before she headed into official government meetings.

Earlier, Ms. Rice said that the future of a free Russian press and electronic media "is a major concern" of the United States government.

"There is still an independent print press," she said. "Unfortunately, there is not much left of independent television in Russia."
I assume this means that Condi will be meeting with Keith Olbermann before her next meeting with Bush.

To Condi and all Bushies who insist on freedom and democracy everywhere but here, hear the word of the Lord:
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
-- Luke 6:41

Of course, the problem of press freedom in Russia is more than just a "speck," but Condi just met with the son of an assassinated newspaper reporter, and still claimed that Russia has an independent print press.

Oh, and Condi? Where are OUR independent television stations?