TV news sucks – just ask Maria Shriver

I always like Maria Shriver. Now I love her.

Maria cited the media circus surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith as one of the reason why she won’t be returning to NBC News.

Shriver, speaking Tuesday at a conference on women, said the media circus surrounding Smith’s accidental drug overdose death last February led to her decision.

“It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I,” Shriver said. “I called NBC News and told them I’m not coming back.”

Good for her. Will the executives at NBC News and MSNBC learn anything from this? Don’t hold your breath.

Hardball?

Chris Matthews must have been starstruck when had John McCain on “Hardball” tonight. Twice McCain claimed that the current “strategy” in Iraq was “working,” and both times Matthews failed to challenge McCain on that dubious assertion. With other war supporters Matthews loves to make the case that the war is a mess and that choosing to go in was a terrible and tragic mistake. Yet he gets one of the biggest war cheerleaders on his program and he let’s him off the hook. Pretty lame.

General Sanchez finally fesses up

It would have been nice had he spoken up three years ago. Former Iraq commander, General Ricardo Sanchez, is finally coming out and criticizing the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war.

In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top commander of American forces there called the Bush administration’s handling of the war “incompetent” and said the result was “a nightmare with no end in sight.”

Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who retired in 2006 after being replaced in Iraq after the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, blamed the Bush administration for a “catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan” and denounced the current addition of American forces as a “desperate” move that would not achieve long-term stability.

Sanchez in not without blame, and he admits he made mistakes as well. Anyone who read “Fiasco” knows that Sanchez was part of the problem.

That said, the Administration and most Republicans are unwilling to end this mess. They need to be held accountable, and hopefully these remarks will increase the pressure on Senate Republicans to vote with the Democrats to end this war.

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