Tuesday, February 22, 2005


The real purpose of "USA Next" is for the moment at least to ensure equal time press coverage. As Sam Rosenfeld writes:

They can be as nasty as they want to be, and as brazenly cynical, given that their sole job in this fight is to carry out a White House-deputized hit operation by exploiting the he-said, she-said strictures of the mainstream press.

The AARP will now become the "liberal AARP," and it will be fair-and-balanced by "USA Next." It won't matter, of course, that the organization claimed precisely no income from actual members in its most recent tax return.