Sunday, October 4, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Killing The Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot To Derail Hillary And Hijack Your Government’

Ever since the New York Times published a front-page article about the personal email account used by Hillary Clinton when she served as Secretary of State last March, that supposed scandal has dominated coverage of the Democratic presidential front-runner in the U.S. news media. But from the first day that story broke wide, David Brock — bestselling author, former right-wing journalist, and founder of Media Matters for America — raised questions that Times reporter Michael Schmidt seemed to willfully ignore.

Brock’s new book, Killing The Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government, is a personal and highly sophisticated investigation of the 2016 GOP propaganda machine and the Democratic response he has spearheaded.  

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Amtrak’s Great Dome Car Returns To The Northeast For Fall Foliage Runs

By Korky Vann, The Hartford Courant (TNS)

With Labor Day in the rearview window, fall foliage is just ahead. If you’re like me, you love the great colors of the season, but hate the bumper-to-bumper traffic on backed-up country roads.

There’s an interesting alternative that offers leaf-peepers, train lovers and history buffs an unusual vantage point for some of the Northeast’s most beautiful landscapes.

Passengers aboard Amtrak’s Adirondack service between Albany and Montreal can view upstate New York’s fall foliage from the line’s historic Great Dome car, which returns to the Northeast each year for a six-week run — this year, it started Sept.…

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From Globizen To Egotourist, New Terms In The World Of Travel

By Jill Schensul, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (TNS)

In the spirit of school’s being back in session, I thought we might do a short learning exercise today. Vocabulary — tourism vocabulary. Not those perennially misused and misinterpreted bugaboos — nonstop versus direct flight, service charge versus gratuity, and just what is a force majeure?

We should probably do that sometime in the future and save everyone some heartburn and connecting flights. But today I’d like to catch up with neologisms that have made their way into the travel jargon. Some seem to have just emerged, others have been around a while, but they’re fun to think about.…

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