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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 02:59 PM
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Karenna Gore Schiff's new book; post-2000 talk; no Mighty Mouse?
Edited on Sat Feb-11-06 03:59 PM by Pirate Smile

Of Mouse and Women
Karenna Gore Schiff Writes About Heroines Who Saved the Day


By Bob Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 11, 2006; Page C01

NEW YORK Let's begin with a brief case study in how the cynical, superficial American media (that's us) can distort the lives of political figures and their families.

-snip-
Ah, but then Schiff lets her guard down for an instant -- despite a lifetime of watching journalists turn Al and Tipper Gore into unrecognizable caricatures of the parents she knows and loves -- and lets slip something we can twist into a sexier lead.
Why did she really write this book? Hey, isn't it obvious?
It's because her mom wouldn't let her watch "Mighty Mouse" as a kid.



Schiff says she was inspired to write "Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America" in part because of the cartoon "Mighty Mouse."

Just losing would have been bad enough. But losing the way Al Gore lost . . . well, it was "a very dark time."
It got worse with 9/11 (Schiff and her family were in Manhattan that day) and the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. She was stunned by the way people who disagreed with the administration's decision to go to war or even questioned the way the war was to be conducted were "shut up and shouted down and pushed aside and more or less called traitors."

-snip-
We ask what she found most surprising about the lives of these nine women who fought racism, child labor, industrial poisoning and the indifference of society toward the needs of the poor? The answer comes with a short laugh.

"I was surprised -- and sort of oddly exhilarated -- by the venom in the established media toward them," Schiff says.

-snip-


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...



Read the entire article. It is interesting.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:09 PM
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1. She is an intelligent shining star... And I wish
I could remember where I saw her interviewed....Matthews' show?
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Neil Lisst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:11 PM
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2. She is intelligent, dynamic, articulate and very attractive
She was very good on TV promoting her book.

We'll see her soon enough again on the The Daily Show, I'm sure.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:26 PM
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5. I hope so, Jon appreciate's intelligent women :)
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 09:13 PM
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14. She is on Russert's weekend CNBC show. It is on now but will replay
Edited on Sat Feb-11-06 09:14 PM by Pirate Smile
on Sunday also.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:11 PM
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3. Yes, she was on Tweety's show last week.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:27 PM
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6. Ok, I was right, and he was smitten :)
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:26 PM
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4. This was the exchange from the show that struck me although I'm not
sure that Tweety actually "got" the point -- but then, what's new?


MATTHEWS: Why should a conservative read your book? Its called Lighting the Way, its about women and the progress theyve made for America from small places to big movements, the big actions. Why should a conservative read this book?

SCHIFF: Because I think it illustrates the fact that the minority viewpoint is often prescient and just, and we can look back and see how in times past, its been someone raising a point against segregation, against child labor, against pollution without regulation, who was shouted down and pushed aside, maybe called a communist, and its important that we recognize that and respect and we should engage them.

MATTHEWS: Im totally with you. I think youre dead right. Its the grassroots that matter.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11272739 /


The point wasn't that grassroots matter. It was that you should listen to the minority viewpoint which fights the mainstream thought. Tweety is one of the biggest pushers of the mainstream thought aka "conventional wisdom"; frequently mocking the minority viewpoint.

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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:30 PM
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8. Thanks for posting that snippet from the show....
"it's the grassroots that matter"....which I'll keep that in mind next time I see the Tweets play 'Softball' with Ann Coulter....LOL.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 04:05 PM
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12. I believe in Tweety's world the grassroots are the minority,
and the minority elite (wealthy and powerful) are the mainstream.
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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:29 PM
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7. She is great. I shudder to think what she had to go through in 2000.
She knows darn well that our country wouldn't be in such horrible shape if her Dad were in power.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:33 PM
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9. Kicked and recommended.
:kick:
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raysr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:35 PM
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10. I feel so bad that
Al was screwed, hell all of us, screwed by Bush. We could have had a president with a BRAIN. I think about how it must've felt having all those wingnuts yelling "soreloserman" outside their house. A lesser man, such as myself, would have done something very serious to stop it.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 03:51 PM
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11. "Established Media" is good, but I wish she'd said "Corporate Media"
can you imagine their faces?
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 08:01 PM
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13. kick
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