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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

I'm happy -- nay, ecstatic -- to report that, with the help of a friend, we got the baby's room painted last week. Two thick coats of a beautiful, soothing pale lavender turned a stark, empty room into a really welcoming space for a newborn (or anybody). We assembled the changing table and moved a few items in, so it's starting to actually look like a habitable space in there.

Last night I went to pick up the crib and mattress and hopefully we'll get that assembled and set up some time this week. After a bout of real anxiety over the progress of our plans, everything's been coming together these past two weeks and I think we're feeling better about where we're at.

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Now, I know there are some polls out there saying [George W. Bush] has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

If you hadn't heard about Stephen Colbert's brilliant d├ętournement at the White House Correspondents Dinner last week, here's your chance to catch up. Editor & Publisher magazine is carrying the complete transcript and you can watch a video recording of the bit right here (will launch a new window).

Lorraine Carpenter has a quick puff piece on Colbert over at Maisonneuve's site and she links to a detailed analysis of the post-event coverage over at Media Matters: "Media touted Bush's routine at Correspondents' dinner, ignored Colbert's skewering." Seems that the mainstream media deliberately omitted any references to Colbert's performance during their coverage of the events; hardly a surprise, given that they were targets as well. From the Media Matters article:
Colbert also fired on the Washington press corps. "I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media who are destroying this country," Colbert said, "except for Fox News. Fox believes in presenting both sides of the story -- the president's side and the vice president's side." He expressed approval of the media's repeated failure to hold the administration accountable: "Over the last five years, you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out." Further, he urged the White House correspondents in attendance to "[w]rite that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know -- fiction!"


  • At 6:48 p.m., Blogger Pacanukeha said…

    May I ask why you chose lavender? The last time (years ago) I heard anything about, the talking heads were espousing the idea that bright primary colours provided more objects for the infant to focus on, stimulating visual acuity and visual CNS development ...

  • At 8:04 a.m., Blogger Labris said…

    You'r quite right, the research totally supports that. However, a brightly-coloured wall would also help keep the baby awake and excitable, as well as drive us nuts. We went with a soothing, relaxing colour for the walls and plan to leave the bright, sharp contrasts for its toys, mobiles, stuffed animals, etc.


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