is a new documentary
which details how the government set aside the rule of law in its pursuit of harsh interrogations
of suspected terrorists. You can watch it online
or on some PBS affiliates
, but PBS won't run it nationally until January 21, 2009. Scott Horton
suspects that may be because PBS is afraid of political retaliation
2009: A True Story.
"My name is Sara Ford and I am 18 years old. I moved to California at the end of last year. Before the first attacks... before everything changed." [Via] [more inside]
Last week, the Chicago Reader laid off four of its best journalists:
John Conroy (previously)
, Harold Henderson, Tori Marlan, and Steve Bogira. The cuts almost certainly mark the beginning of the end of the paper's role in Chicago as an investigative force and a corruption watchdog. The New York Times responds
with a salute to Conroy and a defense of muckraking's relevance. [more inside]
Being Press Secretary is a difficult job.
Link to a hilariously uncomfortable transcript of Scott McClellan dancing his way through a White House press briefing doing his best to clarify whether or not the American government sanctions terror.
A tale of two West Virginia soldiers:
one named Jessica, one named Lynndie. Both are on opposite sides
of the propaganda war. One is a hero
, one is a monster.
No, wait - actually, one is a fraud,
one was just following orders.
No wait, one is perky and blonde, the other is kind of butch and ugly.
Now I'm all confused. Help me Metafilter, you're my only hope.