Thursday, March 31, 2005

Breaking News, Wolfowitz Opposed by Nader Group

I am happy any time the French cave, though note that France wants in on the action now…

‘France is now said to be lobbying hard for Wolfowitz to choose a Frenchman as his deputy.’

Wolfowitz named World Bank chief

Why they think Wolfowitz would even consider this is beyond me, but who knows what may be going on behind the scenes.

I did notice one interesting point. Agence France-Presse, the source of this article, for no particular reason, quotes the opinion of one Robert Weissman, director of the Essential Action campaign group. A search for this group takes one to the following site.

Its filled with the usual anti-business and anti American ramblings that you would expect to be associated with an anti-Capitalism site. But the AP has a similar story with the same quotes. The story has been lifted by the worldwide press, from this Charlotte site…

Wolfowitz named World Bank chief

to the Asia Times.

It’s the same crowd that hates the World Bank and the IMF. Going to the About Essential Information (for some reason the name changes, I assume that Essential Action is a Division of Essential Information, at least as far as I can tell.) gives you this little nugget of information…

Founded in 1982 by Ralph Nader…

About Essential Information

So my question is, why do Nader and his ilk get world wide press on their opinions of who should head the World Bank? Because they protest? AFP is one thing, but the AP? Nader followers are, even by the standards of the left, somewhat extreme. I don’t care if these far left types have or publish their views. But it concerns me when it gets presented as a mainstream view in a major newswire service that is reprinted around the world. Hillary Clinton, foreign leaders, Nancy Pelosi…sure, print their opinions. At least there is some relevance. But why these people? To put it politely, WHO CARES! And why is it in this story?

Next thing you know, they’ll be burning US flags in South Korea!