Blogger Roundtable on NPR's News & Notes, Sep 19, 2007


(cross-posted to Jack & Jill Politics)

In case you missed it, here is the audio from the Blogger Roundtable section of NPR's News & Notes, hosted by Farai Chideya. The show aired Wednesday September 19, 2007 at 1pm Eastern Time. You can also access it on NPR's website.

Click on the image below to play the show right here.



Bloggers at the table this week were:

lynne and I were in the NYC studio, and I can't remember where Juliette was. We had originally planned to discuss four topics but had to drop the Juanita Bynum story due to time constraints. The three we did get to were:

Some of my extended thoughts on the topics...

OJ. I have nothing to say about the man. I got two text messages from CNN about his "story" but none about Petraeus, none about Jena.

The GOP. Giving the Heismann to black and brown voters is foolish. What happened to the testosterone-filled manly men of the GOP? Are they afraid of getting tough questions from colored folks, values voters and even YouTubers? I'm a lefty, but I know the truth lies in the middle of so-called Left and Right. I am genuinely interested in how Republicans might propose to seriously address the concerns of black and brown folks. But, if you don't bring your ideas to the table, you might as well not have any.

Blackwater. This was a tough story for me to get a handle on. I have a knee-jerk liberal-type reaction against privatized security forces, but I reached out to a good friend with some expertise on the matter and found some truly balanced opinions at BlackWaterBlogger.com. Things are rarely as simple as they appear, and definitely more complicated that we want them to be. I also highly recommend Iraq for Sale from Brave New Films.

Thanks to News & Notes and the other bloggers for a good time.