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Of course we know that the New York Times is, in the immortal words used to describe himself by Keith Olbermann of MSNBC to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, “currently aligned, not in the sense of having membership, but being in the same part of the ballpark as a lot of liberals.” Good one, Keith! In that case, how I look forward to the time when that alignment will no longer be current! The Times’s presence in the same part of the same ballpark made itself obvious again last week with a headline which, perhaps as recently as a decade ago, would have been inconceivable in our newspaper of record. “On His New Album, Neil Young Calls for Bush’s Impeachment.” Of course, there’s not much news-value in that addition to the ever-growing ranks of anti-war pop stars in spite of Mr. Young’s once having found it convenient to associate himself politically with Ronald Reagan. Easy come, easy go ought to be the motto for the political allegiances of the beautiful but largely brainless people of the entertainment community. But what I find much, much sadder is the Times’s ever-growing attachment to the values of the celebrity culture, in whose world alone it could possibly imagine anyone cares what Neil Young thinks about George Bush.
One more straw in the wind indicating the Times’s outlook on the world came earlier this month. On the same day, the paper published the obituaries of Fred Christensen, one of the top American fighter aces of World War II and a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star and the Air Medal, and the Reverend William Sloan Coffin, famed anti-war protester and agitator of the Vietnam era. Which of these distinguished gentlemen do you imagine the Times regarded as having lived a life more deserving of notice and recognition by the American people? Judging by the relative length of their obituaries — 534 words for Captain Christensen and 2,939 words for the Reverend Mr. Coffin — the latter ought to be seen as having been, in the Times’s eyes, nearly six times more important than the former. No surprises there, then.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online