WHO YOU CALLIN’ SANE?

LMK:  “Re the new look of your site – please change it back! It’s too busy. Too chopped up. I do not participate in ‘social media.’ Period. I don’t need pictures. I visit your site to READ information. I hope you get enough feedback to consider returning to a simple, sane, informative page.”

Tamara:  “Love it.”

Martin Grady:  “Don’t like the new format but I’ll get used to it.”

A VALID CRITICISM OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

By Dean Baker, here, which begins:

It’s always good to get the perspective of the people on the ground when reporting on a policy. However, when they say things that are clearly not true, reporters should provide readers with the correct information. The NYT fell down on the job in a piece that presented the views of a number of people in Massachusetts who were unhappy with the mandate and employer penalties in its health care law, which is the model for Obamacare. . . .

THE TWEET SHEET

For the twits among us: What Obama’s DONE, what he WILL do, what Romney or Santorum WOULD do.  All here.

CROPPING RACHEL

Her style is to come at a topic from way out in left field, get there gradually, and build. It’s generally brilliant, but – perhaps recognizing that others are less patient – her site allows “cropping.”

Webmaster Luann explains:

To do this for any Rachel Maddow clip, just watch until you get past the ad, and then the bottom bar in the video will show a “clip and share” option on the bottom right. Click that, and you’ll be given sliders which you can use to set the beginning and end points. Then beneath the video, choose the size you want and click the Copy button for the embed code. That’s what you can paste into your column. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and I think Rachel had it first.

Yesterday, not realizing this, I offered a nearly 17-minute clip on the INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, a Republican-conceived-and-endorsed idea that, once the President accepted it, they branded tyranny.  Here it is stripped down to the essential 6 minutes I wanted you to see (well, following the ad that can’t be cropped out):

HOW THE HEALTH CARE ACT AFFECTS YOU

A pretty neat  little on-line calculator — here.

 

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