New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Journalists caught in CIA probe web
Houston Chronicle on the recent CIA leak investigation:
If the investigation into the outing ofValerie Plaine were a virus, the major news operations of the United States would be heavily infected as the virus spreads. The probe had already drawn in journalists from l ime Magazine, NBC and the New York Times before the recent outbreak at the Washington Post.
Renowned author and investigative reporter Bob Woodward revealed that he had testified under oath to prosecutors about a conversation that occurred in June 2003. Woodward claimed a government official he identified but refused to name publicly told him about Plame’s classified CIA identity.
Woodward is now the earliest known recipient of information from a spate of leaks by government sources. The leaks resulted in a column by Robert Novak that publicly exposing Plaine, the wife of Iraq war critic and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
IWo years later, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is still trying to determine if those disclosures violated federal law.
Only one government official, Lewis “Scooter” Ijhbv, who resigned as Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, has been charged in the case, but the investigation has already involved the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to testify about her source. She eventually went before a grand jury to provide limited testimony and notes of her conversations with Libby.
I ler status plummeted after colleagues, including executive editor Bill Keller, publicly questioned her conduct. Critics accused Miller of abandoning her objectivity and serving as a conduit for misinformation in a series of stories on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, which were never found. She recently resigned from the Limes.
Just as Miller’s contacts with Libby did not result in a published story, Woodward never wrote anything about his conversation with the unnamed official. I Ie didn’t tell his own bosses about the incident and later publicly belittled prosecutor Fitzgerald and his investigation in television and radio interviews without ever revealing he had a personal interest in the case.
Famous for his role with Carl Bernstein in unraveling the Watergate cover-up, Woodward issued a public apology, saying it was a mistake not to inform superiors about his inside knowledge and to violate the paper’s rule about reporters not publicly discussing their personal opinions of news events they may have to objectively write about later. Although Post executive editor Leonard Downie said Woodward had made mistakes, he defended him and indicated Woodward’s job was not in jeopardy.
The revelation ofWoodward’s involvement complicates an already muddy case. Fitzgerald has indicated he will extend the probe and take additional witnesses before a new grand jury. Even if there are no further indictments, the investigation and the possible trial of Ubby seem certain to spotlight the interaction of journalists with government sources and with their editors in a manner that’s not likely to be flattering to the profession.
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2005. There are 38 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1945, most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, ended.
On this date:
In 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin atolls from the Japanese.
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Unsafe driving habits are now all too commonplace in NB
The senseless loss of my friend Jim Crawford’s life Nov. 13 draws attention to a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in New Braunfels.
A driver who apparently ran a red light at the comer of Common Street and Texas 46 took Jim’s life away. She also grievously touched the lives of Jim’s host of admirers from around the nation.
The point is, you can stand on that comer and see multiple accounts of people who are in too big a hurry to stop at red lights. It happens day after day and time after time. These are not people who “cheat a little” on the yellow light. These are people who are not even in the intersection when it turns red. Yet they continue on, because it would be too much of an inconvenience to waste that one or two minutes it takes to stop and wait their turn again. Obviously, that particular intersection is not the only one in town. I see it everywhere. It has become so commonplace that we just take it for granted. I have even seen police let it slide. Just the other day, at that same intersection, I saw two cars pass through after the light turned red.
It’s not a matter of convenience, people; it’s a matter of life and death.
Michael Reed New Braunfels
Negotiations should take place, as there’s no excuse for war
Lets be honest, the war in Iraq is about oil, control of oil distribution. It isn’t about weapons of mass destruction or Saddam Hussein.
How many people are we willing to kill to control the distribution of Iraq’s oil? 2,500? 5,000? 7,500? Including U.S. personnel, civilians and insurgents, we are probably in the hundreds of thousands of people killed in order to gain control of the distribution of oil.
America controls most of the weapons on the planet. We also control a great deal of the planet’s resources at the expense of Third World countries. Before U.S. interference, most Third World countries were rich in natural resources. During the last 200 years, the United States has appropriated those resources through multinational corporations under the protection of military regimes supported with “foreign aid” dollars. U.S. citizens have a right to know how their money is spent.
The U.S. has no right to Iraqi oil. It has no right to be killing or causing the death of Iraqi civilians. We have caused a United States vs. the Third World war that is being fought at the expense of Iraq and its citizens.
A message to Congress: Do the right thing.
Support our troops, bring them home alive.
In the 21st century, there is no excuse for war. As civilized persons, we should be able to negotiate our differences. Maybe if we had set down at the table with terrorists 30 years ago, we wouldn’t have to take our shoes off at the airport today.
Dona Evans New Braunfels
‘Annie’ should be returned in place of inferior comic strips
I agree with Jack Moore in the Letters to the Editor in the Nov. 16 paper.
I have read the comic strip “Annie” for years and was very disappointed to see it dropped and replaced with other inferior comic strips. “Annie” should be returned and the strips we have missed should all be printed so we can be brought up to date.
Eva FitzGerald Canyon lake
‘Sherman’s Lagoon’ was only cartoon that had actual humor
This morning when I went to read my cartoon “Sherman’s Lagoon" I was flabbergasted when it did not appear.
I read the column about why it wasn’t and am very downtrodden. The children surveyed didn’t think it was hinny because it was a continuing story. It involved keeping up with it. It is not just a one-liner that provides little or no entertainment. Instead it has “FoxTrot” and two more new cartoons.
I am not disappointed that Annie and the other where done away with, but just not my Sherman. Instead I nominate Marmaduke to be taken out.
Thanks for your time, and I hope I have made a good point. It was the only cartoon that supported actual humor.
James Voges New Braunfels
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NEW YORK — In a Nov. 13 New York Times Magazine story about the movie “Left Behind: World at War” — based on the best-selling book series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim Lai laye — Peter Lalonde, co-CEO of Cloud Ten Pictures, which produced the film, had this to say about the forthcoming film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (TLTWTW): “Great film, but there’s nothing Christian about it.”
Perhaps not since the 1981 best picture “Chariots of Fire” has there been a film that so subtly and wonderfully appeals to the spirit and lets the audience decide if it wishes to go further. Compared to the schlock that has been shown in church basements over the years, in which the script would not
have measured up to minimal standards in any writing class and the acting and directing were so bad that anyone seeking to make a living in this genre would surely have starved to death, “TLTWTW” is a masterpiece of counterprogramming.
Everything those awful movies were, this one isn’t. It faithfully follows the storyline conceived by C.S. Lewis, the Belfast native, gigantic intellect, Christian apologist and Oxford professor, who died 42 years ago, but whose work continues to sell and challenge the self-indulgent and disbelieving spirit of the age. Lewis believed in taking on the popular philosophies of his day on their own turf, not retreating into religious catacombs. In addition to his teaching and writing, during World War II, Lewis delivered lectures on the BBC on marriage, the Christian faith and other subjects. He couldn’t have been more mainstream than that.
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” adapted from Lewis’ popular book series, opens nationally Dec. 9 with one of the largest
rollouts in film history. The Walt Disney Co., along with co-producer Walden Media, have faith that the film will not only drive many Christians and conservatives to see it, but that people who don’t share Lewis’ beliefs will buy tickets for the adventure story, the spectacular special effects and the characters who find faith and courage in a most unlikely place: the mythical land of Narnia, where it has been “always winter, but never Christmas” until they arrive.
This is an important film because it offers a better strategy for Christians and conservatives than Hollywood-bashing. Movies have been a source of moral controversy from the first one-reelers more than a century ago. Politicians and religious leaders denounced them for scenes that would today seem tame.
Most conservatives and Christians, rather than advocating for better movies, have been content to boycott films, make really bad ones or criticize what was being produced. This approach has had minimal influence on the film industry and has contributed
little that was positive to the culture wars.
With “TLTWTW,” there is no going back to the church basement. This film should slam the door and take viewers to the main level. It deserves the patronage of all who have lamented the loss of “good films” and who believe they have a far more compelling and entertaining message than the sex, violence and profanity that I loilywood has, for too long, produced unchallenged.
As with “The Passion of the Christ”
(an openly religious film) and “Chariots of Fire," the public must buy tickets to “TLTWTW” and make this and its sequels big moneymakers for Disney and Walden. Large profits are the key to ensuring more good films. If all of the energy put into the failed boycott of Disney for “gay day” at Walt Disney World now goes into praising Disney and Walden for creating a magnificent work, this “light” will overcome that other “darkness.”
C.S. Lewis got it. So will you after seeing this movie and cheering the ultimate triumph of good over evil.