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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 01:48 PM
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An Open Letter to Richard Cohen
Edited on Tue May-09-06 02:31 PM by WilliamPitt
(this will hopefully be a truthout editorial by day's end; I will post a link if so)

For reference:

"Digital Lynch Mob," By Richard Cohen
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/08/AR2006050801323.html

An Open Letter to Richard Cohen
By William Rivers Pitt

Tuesday 09 May 2006

Greetings! I was inspired to write you after reading your missive in today's Post regarding all the nasty emails you have received of late. Personally, I found Colbert's performance hilarious and timely, the kind of satirical backhand so desperately needed these days. I don't begrudge you your opinion that he wasn't funny, and I agree with your belief that it wasn't your opinion on his performance that motivated such an angry response.

It wasn't. You yourself nailed the reason: "Institution after institution failed America -- the presidency, Congress and the press. They all endorsed a war to rid Iraq of what it did not have."

The fact that your Colbert commentary became the flint against this rock doesn't mean that Colbert or your opinion of him are to blame for the resulting firestorm. The fact is that people are angry - brain-boilingly, apoplectically, mind-bendingly so - at what has happened to this great country. I am, quite often, so angry that my hands shake. Yes, a former high school teacher from New England here, so filled with bile and rage that I sometimes don't recognize my face in the mirror.

You, sir, should not be asking why so many of your email friends are so angry. You should be asking why you yourself are not with them in their rage. I have admired a number of your articles over these last years, and know that you are no fool regarding our situation in Iraq and here at home. It isn't your grasp of the issues that concerns me, but the absence of outrage. Do you really care about the things you write about, or is all this merely grist for the mill that provides you a paycheck?

"I have seen this anger before," you wrote, "back in the Vietnam War era." No, sir, you have not.

You hearken back to rock-throwing days in Vietnam, and lament hatred and rage. But you do not see that those days are quaint by comparison given our current geopolitical situation. Johnson and Nixon, whatever else their faults may have been, were internationalists who understood the need for connection to the wider world. The war in Vietnam, barbaric as it was, did not inspire tens of thousands of Vietnamese to join martyr's brigades. It did not threaten to unleash chaos in a part of the world that holds the economic lifeblood of our whole existence. It did not threaten to shake loose nuclear weapons from quasi-rogue states like Pakistan.

You speak of the angry mob because you got slapped around via email, but your characterization of the anti-war crowd tells me you have not spent a single moment out in the streets with them. I have. I have covered dozens of protests, large and small, in cities all across this country before and after the invasion of Iraq. Millions upon millions of Americans participated in these, and never once, not one time, was a rock thrown.

No violence was offered anywhere, unless it was violence offered to old ladies by riot-garbed police, as was evidenced in Portland several years ago. I have the photographs to prove it. If you want to see anger, enjoy this picture of a 60-year-old woman holding an anti-war sign while being placed in a hammer-lock by a riot cop:



"The hatred is back," you say, as if such hatred is beyond justification. It is interesting that you make so many allusions to Vietnam; the comparison is apt, yet not on point. This is not a situation of "Then" and "Now," but "Then" and "Again." The two issues are joined by a common theme: official malfeasance, presidential lies, administrative fear-mongering and horrific body counts in a faraway land. The lesson of Vietnam was so searing, many believed, that it would never have to be learned again.

Why the anger? Because that lesson didn't take, at least with this crowd. Why the anger? Because millions of people are staggered by the idea that, yes Virginia, we have to go through this again. We have to watch soldiers slaughter and be slaughtered for reasons that bear no markings of truth. We have to watch the reputation of this great nation be savaged. We have to watch as our leaders lie to us with their bare faces hanging out.

Why the anger? It can be summed up in one run-on sentence: We have lost two towers in New York, a part of the Pentagon, an important American city called New Orleans, our economic solvency, our global reputation, our moral authority, our children's future, we have lost tens of thousands of American soldiers to death and grievous injury, we must endure the Abramoffs and the Cunninghams and the Libbys and the whores and the bribes and the utter corruption, we must contemplate the staggering depth of the hole we have been hurled down into, and we expect little to no help from the mainstream DC press, whose lazy go-along-to-get-along cocktail-circuit mentality allowed so much of this to happen because they failed comprehensively to do their job.

George W. Bush and his pals used September 11th against the American people, used perhaps the most horrific day in our collective history, deliberately and with intent, to foster a war of choice that has killed untold tens of thousands of human beings and basically bankrupted our country. They lied about the threat posed by Iraq. They destroyed the career of a CIA agent who was tasked to keep an eye on Iran's nuclear ambitions, and did so to exact petty political revenge against a critic. They tortured people, and spied on American civilians.

Nah. There's nothing to get angry about here.

I wrote a book called "War on Iraq" in the summer of 2002. That book stated there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, no al Qaeda connections in Iraq, no connections to 9/11 in Iraq, and thus no reason for the invasion of Iraq. It is now almost the summer of 2006. That book was right then, and is right now, and the millions of Americans who agree with the facts contained therein have shared these four years with me in a state of disbelief, shock, sorrow and yes, anger. None of this had to happen, and the fact that it was allowed to happen inspires the kind of vitriol you got a taste of via email.

If you want anger, you should try reading some of the emails I get on a weekly basis. The mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands and children of American soldiers killed in Iraq write to me asking why it happened, what can be done, how is this possible. They write to me because I wrote that book, because somehow they think I have an answer to that bottomless question.

I am sorry you were so wounded by the messages you received. I wish that hadn't happened; I am personally from the more-flies-with-honey school of journalistic correspondence. But in the end, truth be told, I don't feel too badly for you. It isn't an excess of outrage that plagues this nation today, but an abject lack of it. Instead of castigating those who take an interest, who have gotten justifiably furious over all that has happened, I suggest you take a moment within yourself and ask why you don't share their feelings.

This isn't Vietnam, Mr. Cohen. This is a whole new ballgame, and the stakes are higher by orders of magnitude. It took almost ten years of Vietnam for people to reach the boiling point you are so apparently horrified by (and worthy of note, that rage may have elected Nixon, but also served to stop the killing in Southeast Asia). Should those of us who are angry today wait until 2013 to raise hell?

At a minimum, I suggest you head down to your local hardware store and buy a few sheets of 40-grit sandpaper. Apply it liberally - pardon the pun - to any and all parts of your body that may be exposed to the scary anger of the anti-war Left. Toughen up that hide of yours, and greet the coming days with a leathery mien impervious to a few angry emails.

Afterwards, you could perhaps figure out why the anger of those who see this war as a crime and this administration as a disaster is so terribly threatening to you. Anger is a gift, after all, one that inspires change. If you don't think we need a change, real change, I can only shake my head.
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 01:57 PM
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1. Another great essay from Mr. Pitt.
Off to the greatest page with you sir!
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Julius Civitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:11 AM
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113. Richard Cohen has some secrets...
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Missy M Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 01:57 PM
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2. Wonderful letter. I hope he reads it and understands...
I did send an email to him and it was in no way vulgar or disrespectful.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 01:59 PM
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3. imho, that really captures the mood here at DU
Well done, Will Pitt!

Thanks.
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Tuesday_Morning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:03 PM
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4. Bravo, Will!
Perfectly said.

My hands shake with anger, too.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:03 PM
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5. Anyone wondering why people are turning from Corporate Media to the Net
need only compare Cohen's http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/08/AR2006050801323.html with this to find their answer. K & R
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Voltaire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:04 PM
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6. Most Excellent
You have spoken well my brother. Cohen would do well to respond.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:40 AM
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117. A jaw-dropping riposte to Cohen's petty diatribe.
Rivers Pitt deserves DU's highest honor, and bestowed with Oak Leaf Clusters !
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:08 PM
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7. The Vietnamese did not join martyr's brigades, but 10,000's did
take courageous action that they knew would lead to their death in order to oust US Troops.

"The war in Vietnam, barbaric as it was, did not inspire tens of thousands of Vietnamese to join martyr's brigades."

Also -> Please name "New Orleans" - not just 'an important American city'

:(
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petersjo02 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:08 PM
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8. Will, this is beautiful
You speak powerfully and you speak for me. My Iowa grandmother hands shake with anger, too. How do we know for sure Richard C. will see and read this? He absolutely must read it, and I hope it shames him.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:49 PM
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29. Cohen will read it!
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:08 PM
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9. Great job, Will. K&R
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:10 PM
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10. Thank you for speaking for ME and so many others... and so very
WELL!
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:11 PM
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11. Cohen is a collaborator
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samdogmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:12 PM
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12. Bravo!!! Well said and so very necessary!
Thank you.
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:14 PM
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13. I rank this as one of your absolute best
Missile hits target. Target explodes in a shower of sparks.

:thumbsup:

When I read Cohen's whiney drivel, I could only get mad and tongue-tied.

Thank you for your response, because it is my response.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:14 PM
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14. Brilliant Will
100% on point:yourock: :yourock:
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NWHarkness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:15 PM
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15. Thank you
Insightful and articulate, as always.
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ShaneGR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:16 PM
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16. Paragraph 6, first sentence
I think you meant to say "Colbert commentary" but instead said "Cohen commentary".

Fantastic letter by the way.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:20 PM
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17. Fixed, thanks
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:22 PM
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18. Wow, excellent response! n/t
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The Witch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:22 PM
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19. Not that you need my K&R, Will...
but you get it anyway.
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:24 PM
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20. Damn that boy can write!
Way to go Will! I hope he reads it as well. K & R !
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:27 PM
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21. I would like to have permission
to send this (when its in final form) to Mr. Cohen by certified mail, return receipt requested.

:bounce:
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:31 PM
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23. Permission happily granted
:)
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:42 PM
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27. I will 'cc' you on the cover letter.
Thanks for your work. It clearly is world class. I can remember when the NYT and WaPo had extraordinary journalists such as you.

Thankfully, we still do...they just aren't at those papers anymore. :-)
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DoBotherMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:28 PM
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22. Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Will! :applause:
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dalaigh lllama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:33 PM
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24. Thank you, sir
Succinctly put. k & r
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Klukie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:39 PM
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25. Great letter...
I am curious as to what the repsonse will be. There is alot of truth in this letter. I wonder if he can handle it?
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:41 PM
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26. A five star master piece that should knock the socks off Mr. Cohen
You summarized every point of my anger to that creep of smugness.

What can ya say?

:redbox: "I suggest you take a moment within yourself and ask why you don't share their feelings."



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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:46 PM
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28. K & R + an awesome response to another whiny, lazy 'journalist'
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Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 02:59 PM
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30. Excellent!
One of your best IMO
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:01 PM
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31. suggested sarcasm edit, re: "Nah. There's nothing to get angry about here"
Sarcasm doesn't belong in this essay. I'd edit it out if I were you. Sarcasm is the tool of the powerless. This essay is speaking a powerful truth to the impotent middle who aren't getting pissed off enough about all the dead people getting killed on OUR dime. IT's well written, so don't water down your main ideas like this.
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:13 PM
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32. You speak for me. With a tear in my eyes, I am proud.
I could just die. I see that you are also as angry as I. I am so sorry. Sorry that we are not able to continue with what were productive lives. We're productive, but in the red. Damnit. My 82 year old father has a bumper sticker. And it's not like him. He is humble and quiet and does not need to prove anything. It says- I you're not angry, you're not paying attention.

I would like to thank you for speaking for me. You have laid it all out in plain sight. And thank you for helping me be who I am today. Your journalistic efforts have hoisted me to new levels of awareness.

We shall overcome, again.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:13 PM
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33. Let us retract the foreskin of confusion
and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

-Hoot
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:56 AM
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121. ouch, the imagery....ouch, again I say!
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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:26 PM
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34. I think this may be your best
Thank you. I'm printing this out to save it and show to others.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:27 PM
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35. Will, you captured my feelings perfectly
Absolutely spot-on writing. Thank you, Will!
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:32 PM
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36. great column
Thanks for sharing it with us.
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LibertyorDeath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:35 PM
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37. Brilliant !
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:37 PM
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38. Good post, Mr. Pitt.
:thumbsup:
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InsultComicDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:37 PM
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39. Yes!
Very well said, one of my favorite things that I've read of yours.
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:40 PM
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40. Wonderful writing, great letter, Will...
It sums everything myself and Mr. Wonderful feel about the past 5 years beautifully.

:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:42 PM
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41. Another winner Will Pitt! K & R n/t
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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:47 PM
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42. Mr. Pitt

Please allow me to be one of your MANY angry admirers...

You are right "This isn't Vietnam"

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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:53 PM
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43. Kinda makes me feel bad that you've lumped the whores in with
Abramoff and Cunningham and Libby. I hope he reads (and appreciates) your reply.
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carolinayellowdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:53 PM
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44. You're too kind
It's an excellent article, but the (apparent) presumption of even a small trace of honesty and good faith on Cohen's part is misplaced. Apart from his behavior during the 2000 election and the runup to war, we can judge his bona fides by his repeated taunting of Colbert admirers *on their own website.* Cohen went out of his way to become a martyr to the "hateful leftwingers", because that's his thoroughly dishonest agenda.
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:54 PM
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45. Cohen ENDORSED Bush in 2000 (link)
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:58 PM
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46. Oh yeah- thanks Will- speaking for me once again. n/t
Edited on Tue May-09-06 03:58 PM by Dr Fate
n/t
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 03:58 PM
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47. Thank you Will!
:kick:and recommended!
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:08 PM
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48. Ooo, Mr Pitt
Rage becomes you. Thanks for expressing for those of us who are less articulate.
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joanski0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:17 PM
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49. Truly awesome, Will.
I could tell that it was directly from your heart. :loveya:
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:21 PM
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50. terrific letter...
I date my anger from that December, 2000, decision of the US Supreme Court. It's just been piling on ever since that day.
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:33 PM
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52. Excellent, Mr. Pitt
Yeah, many of us are angry.Damn angry. I am trying to channel my anger into productive, positive action.

Thanks again.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:25 PM
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51. I also sent Mr. Cohen a copy, with the note that
you also speak for me.
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:35 PM
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53. K & R. Great letter.
"It isn't an excess of outrage that plagues this nation today, but an abject lack of it."

How true, and can't be said often enough.
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:44 PM
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54. Fantastic, Will. Just freakin' fantastic.
And by the way, glad you're back.

Bake
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One_of_8 Donating Member (289 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:49 PM
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55. Stunning
Your response to Mr. Cohen is wonderful. I hope it will be okay for me to copy part of this response, with full attribution to you, to send by mail to Mr. Cohen. I want him to see some of your words, over and over. Do people like Mr. Cohen live in a bubble, cut off from the reality that the average person lives and breathes? That's what it feels like to me when I read some of his remarks -- that he must live in a completely different world than the one I inhabit.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:55 PM
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57. Wait for the final
which I will post soon; I made some changes to this text above.

Many thanks.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:53 PM
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56. K & R
:dem:
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:56 PM
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58. K&R
Fantastic!
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Proud2BAmurkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 04:59 PM
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59. good job
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:00 PM
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60. Nice job.
The run-on sentence was the best part. ;)
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Stockholm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:00 PM
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61. Great letter Mr. Pitt
K&R
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DiscoJazz Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:01 PM
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62. Ah, brevity . . .
. . . the soul of wit.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:46 AM
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119. Some long messages exhibit wit & intelligence.
Some brief ones exhibit neither.

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Miss Chybil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:09 PM
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63. Well said, as always. nt
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:12 PM
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64. Link to final: Open Letter to Richard Cohen
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050906R.shtml

Thanks for all the help, everyone.
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:25 PM
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65. Will...
that was amazing. :yourock:
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:14 PM
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70. Thanks
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Wrinkle_In_Time Donating Member (664 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:15 PM
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71. The coda reminding Cohen of his own history was an
inspired addition to an already excellent article. Please keep us posted on his response, crickets and all.
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:29 PM
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66. Welcome back, Will. And, in fine style.
Glad that was a very short trial separation. :toast:
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:33 PM
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67. No Comment
Unnecessary


*shadow government*
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:33 PM
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68. I was one of the emailers - not nasty, just pointed out the irony
He wrote that Colbert was rude to use that forum. What forum are critics of Bush supposed to use? His handpicked automaton audiences? When he uses the troops as a backdrop? One of his endless fundraisers? Harry Taylor made news for being an average guy that somehow slipped through the cracks. That's what we are faced with. As far as Cohen's self pity, save it, Richard, for those who are not wealthy columnists. Jerk.

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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 05:41 PM
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69. This letter is pure perfection & speaks for me.
I was going to ask if it will be sent to Mr. Cohen, but I saw upthread that Jacobin will be sending it to him. He needs some educating.

Either the media is playing dumb or is sorely out of touch. I read Ray McGovern's article on Tom Paine about his questioning of Rumsfeld in Atlanta. He said a friend of his got a call from upper management at CNN asking if those opposing the war are "getting organized or something?" They even had a short memory about Rumsfeld's 2003 remarks that were brought up by McGovern. The CNN official said they "checked & double-checked & everything Mr. McGovern said to Rumsfeld was correct."
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Autonomy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:17 PM
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72. K&R
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Tahkcalb Donating Member (61 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:33 PM
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73. /Cost so high--the gain so low/
This is not a situation of "Then" and "Now," but "Then" and "Again."

Rock on, dude!
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:38 PM
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74. "It isn't an excess of outrage that plagues this nation today,
but an abject lack of it."


That one sentence nails it!
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:39 PM
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75. You speak for me, man.
I witnessed that scene in Portland. THOUSANDS of us in the streets, nearly 10% of the entire population, on August 22, 2002 and I had just read your book. We all knew this was a disaster in the making.



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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:45 PM
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76. Excellent work, Will PItt..
I hope Mr Cohen reads it and thinks about what you say.

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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:49 PM
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77. Excellent work, Mr. Pitt.
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zippy890 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 06:54 PM
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78. Thats great , you say it all so well
thanks,
:dem:
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 07:04 PM
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79. I for one am glad you wrote it
:hi:
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Robbie Michaels Donating Member (612 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 07:30 PM
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80. Great job, Will!
:thumbsup:
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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 07:34 PM
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81. Outstanding, Will. Thanks. n/t
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my_pet_wolf Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 08:01 PM
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82. Wow! A response not worthy of the crap that inspired it.
I don't post a lot on DU, but I read everything you write Will. Keep up the good fight!:applause:
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 08:40 PM
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83. Great post , focused, right on!
Never give up! Peace
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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 08:46 PM
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84. Damn, wish they'd print this in the Post as a reply to Cohen's article!
You show them what a real liberal is like Will! You make us proud!
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SalviaBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 09:00 PM
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85. I'm as mad as hell,
and I'm not going to take this anymore!

I'm tired of being called shrill, a "Bush-hater", hysterical, etc. My reaction to what's going down is APPROPRIATE.

Thanks for spelling it out Will. You speak for me too.

Sally
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Theres-a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 09:04 PM
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86. Bravo, Mr. Pitt
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 09:18 PM
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87. I'll give you Props on an excellent rebuttal to Cohen's
Whining!

I bet he wishes that he could write so well, just like he "wished" he was funny like Colbert.

Thank You! :thumbsup:



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Proud2BAmurkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 09:19 PM
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88. crybaby will probably write another column saying
your letter wasn't funny and you're going to cost us the elections

:cry:
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Vanje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 09:41 PM
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89. ...And THATS why I read WilliamPitt!
Thankyou
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 09:55 PM
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90. I've always wondered
Edited on Tue May-09-06 09:55 PM by senseandsensibility
When writers post "open letters" to people, do they actually send a copy to the person they're addressing? Or do they just publish it and hope that the individual finds it and reads it? Or is the individual not the true intended audience at all? I know that everyone on DU will love your letter, as I did, but I want Mr. Cohen to read it. And if it's just "out there", he will never find it or read it. We all know how exquisitely good he is at ignoring inconvenient information. Great letter.
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:24 PM
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92. We should all send Cohen Will's letter
with the subject title: Read Will Pitt
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:27 PM
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93. Good idea.
But I think Mr. Cohen may be so scared of the anti-war meanies now that he won't open anything again unless it's from his momma. Amd certainly not anything from someone as scary sounding as Will Pitt.:)
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:38 PM
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94. It's for his own good
Maybe he'll go out to the hardware store, buy some sandpaper, and find the rage he so sadly lacks.
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oldtime dfl_er Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 01:14 AM
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104. How about we all send him Will's letter..
with the subject heading "from your momma"?
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:21 PM
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91. Dayum, good article. Publish it!
Edited on Tue May-09-06 10:21 PM by Canuckistanian
Try to get it published in places beyond truthout. This deserves to be heard.

Thanks, Will, for such a powerful piece.

:toast:
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mrreowwr_kittty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:38 PM
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95. Sometimes I get so angry I'm incoherent
It makes it hard to discuss anything with the few remaining Bushbots I know. I get embarrassed by it sometimes but in reading that letter I realized that my reaction is the NORMAL one. That's how I should be. The real problem is, as you say, the lack of outrage in so many, particularly journalists in whom we place our trust to tell us the truth. What's wrong with them?

Thank you.
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 11:23 PM
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99. Yep, you are NORMAL
It is the screws on the bushbots that are loose.
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:41 PM
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96. Shit.
Just when I thought I was over my one and only DU crush.......

You had me at "Greetings!"
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mia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:41 PM
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97. So well written.
I know the shaking, raging anger that you expressed. Your letter gave me some relief. Thank you.
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libnnc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:48 PM
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98. Bitch. Slap. City. Limits.
Well done, Mr. Pitts.


:patriot: :patriot: :patriot: :patriot:

:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Beam Me Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 12:09 AM
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100. Best laugh I've had all day, and I'm sitting in a wheel chair with a
broken leg.

Toast. Burnt toast. I love it.

:rofl:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 12:38 AM
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101. Will, When will they start listening to people like you?
It's high time they do.
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 12:45 AM
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102. You did it again....
...made me fall in lurrrrrve! :loveya:

Happens sometimes when I read your stuff. Excellent rebuttal, Will. K & R. Not that it needs it.
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oldtime dfl_er Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 01:12 AM
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103. Will - this letter is doubly eloquent:
First, it captures, echoes, expresses, exactly what so many of us feel, and have felt, for so long. Second, it demonstrates, by comparison, the shallow, self-serving and truly insulting nature of Cohen's piece.

Thank you.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 01:20 AM
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105. Bernie Ward says he's gonna read a letter to Richard Cohen
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:03 AM
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106. A stand-up triple, Will!
Edited on Wed May-10-06 02:04 AM by BrotherBuzz
Oh, your run-on sentence reminded me of your mother-of-all run-on sentences. Think it might be time to dust it off and update it for our pleasure?
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Nostradammit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:03 AM
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107. You managed to respond to him without swearing -
something I was unable to do.

Well stated, Will. Mr. Cohen has a rude awakening awaiting him.
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DarleenMB Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 06:19 AM
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108. Thank you, Will
for giving voice to my feelings. In the run up to the last election I was so angry I was incoherent. I finally had to stop reading the newspaper and engaging in discussion with friends because I was so filled with rage.

Our friends are still asking why I don't write any more LTTE and this is why. I was excoriated, vilified, and pretty much hammered with every letter I wrote. I live in Wyoming. Last national poll 54% of the fine folk who reside here still supported Bush.

And my husband couldn't understand why I was so angry. All the time.

I sent him your letter. Maybe now he'll get it.
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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 06:34 AM
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109. WOW!!!
Will this is a true writers masterpiece!
I salute you :patriot:

And thanks for being on our side, the right side............
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enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 06:53 AM
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110. Thank you.
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 07:15 AM
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111. Only you and Mike Malloy have the ability to channel my rage...
into print and radio. Thanks for that.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 08:30 AM
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112. Bloody brilliant!
I suspect I've said that to you before, but whatever.
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stillrockin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:18 AM
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114. Mr. Cohen is either a liar or a fool.
I suggest he spend a few moments thinking about WHY we are so angry. Perhaps the faces of some of the tens of thousands of innocent dead will float into his consiousness and he will begin to understand.

:cry:
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:24 AM
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115. That was very good
Thanks for sharing.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:26 AM
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116. I'm 99% certain that this is the best you've ever written.
:thumbsup:
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Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:40 AM
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118. Very appropriately put, Will. Also, I'm amazed that you have recieved
Edited on Wed May-10-06 10:41 AM by Joe Fields

more votes for the "greatest page" than you have the number of responses. And both numbers are substantial, and growing at an impressive rate.

What you wrote came from the deepest part of your heart and soul, and it showed.

Keep hammering. You are good a good and effective carpenter of progressive journalism.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 10:56 AM
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120. You are an incredible writer, Will. I'm sure I've mentioned that
before, but this letter hit home. You speak so eloquently for us, and for that I'm grateful! I'm sure this is the most thought-provoking letter Mr. Cohen has ever received; if he deigns to respond, I hope you'll share.
Thank you!
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 11:03 AM
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122. Spot on, Will!
Edited on Wed May-10-06 11:08 AM by Callous Taoboys
"The fact is that people are angry - brain-boilingly, apoplectically, mind-bendingly so - at what has happened to this great country."

I'm right there with you. I have, at times, woken up from a deep sleep and immediately started wanting to punch something. Loathsome turds are at the helm, and it is high time the professionals come in and flush.

Do you expect a reply?
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 12:03 PM
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123. YOUR ANGER IS A GIFT!
I loved that Rage Against the Machine paraphrase you used to conclude this spectacular letter. I hope the intelligence with which you buttress your points persuades Richard Cohen to rethink his position.

I won't hold my breath though. But I do congratulate your efforts. Thanks for reminding me why our anger is IMPORTANT!
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motocicleta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 12:27 PM
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124. I can't decide whether I have the energy to applaud
This is wonderfully written, but it seems to be making me more depressed instead of angry.

Thanks anyway, Mr. Pitt. I'll be in my room, lights off, curtains pulled, if anybody needs me.
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Ashy Larry Donating Member (900 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:17 PM
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125. In case anyone is interested,
Edited on Wed May-10-06 02:19 PM by Ashy Larry
In case anyone is interested, the New York Observer posted the letter I wrote to Chris Lehmann in response to http://www.observer.com/20060508/20060508_Chris_Lehmann_pageone_coverstory1.asp "> his piece on the WH correspondent's dinner. It's the one at the top of the page.
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WENSTJDON Donating Member (77 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:44 PM
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126. Thanks for writing this letter
to Mr. Cohen. You said it so well, I only wish I had the way with words that you do. This is exactly what I wanted to tell him after I read his whiny article. You are a shining light Mr. Pitt, and I applaud you.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 05:32 PM
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127. BRAVO Sir !!! - And... Hey Will... Your Top Middle At BuzzFlash Today !!!
:toast::bounce::grouphug::bounce::toast:

Absolutley perfect, my man! And Thanks.

:hi:
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-11-06 01:11 AM
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128. Good job, sir.
I agree almost 100% with everything you wrote here.

I resent being referred to as a member of the "digital lynch mob" if I disagree with a columnist.

If Mr. Cohen is going to refer to people who disagree with him this way, he should either remove the link to his e-mail or go to work for Fox where they espouse this type of attitude about people who disagree with them.

His piece is almost indistinguishable from something O'Reilly would say.
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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-11-06 10:27 AM
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129. Incredible piece! E-mailing it far and wide.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-11-06 10:34 AM
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130. Without a doubt the best essay of the situation in our country today
I've ever read.
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Postman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-11-06 10:45 AM
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131. Outstanding.
eom
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