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“While news reports are focusing on BP’s financial losses, the company’s brand reputation — and the tangible value behind it — is in a free fall. As a brand, BP may never fully recover from this catastrophe,” says Greg Artzt, CEO of the North Carolina company.

THEY DON’T KNOW EITHER

“In part because there is so little else to rely on, we have not ignored these sources entirely in preparing this report but we have tried to cite them carefully and in context. … The simple truth is that there is much that we do not know about Kagan’s views on the Constitution and the Court,” notes a 32-page analysis of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Most fundamentally, she has said very little so far about her approach to constitutional interpretation. More specifically, the available record offers very few clues about her constitutional views on criminal justice, immigration, voting rights, prisoners’ rights, due process, the Establishment Clause, and a host of other recurring Supreme Court topics.”

Ms. Kagan’s confirmation hearing is looming. Maybe Judge Robert Bork will clarify a few things when he addresses her nomination Wednesday at an Americans United for Life conference. In any case, examine the aforementioned report here: www.aclu.org.

POLL DU JOUR

69 percent: Percentage of Americans who say the heath care debate was “hard to understand.”

44 percent: Percentage of the total airtime devoted to the debate on all liberal cable TV and radio talk shows from June 2009 to March 2010.

32 percent: Percentage of the total airtime devoted to heath care on MSNBC in the same 10-month period.

26 percent: Percentage of total airtime on all conservative cable TV and radio talk shows.

20 percent: Amount of total airtime on Fox News

14 percent: Amount of total airtime, print or online content devoted to health care in the entire mainstream news media.

13 percent: Amount of health care airtime on CNN.

Source: A Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism study of 5,500 health care news stories, June 2009 through March 2010.

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