Tribune Editor defends refusal to publish police report, as story explodes.
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This belief explains why Fox News trounces its competitors, why the talk radio stars are so popular. If there’s a story out there — they want to bring it to you. Fair and balanced, as it were.
As it happens, I have met Al and Tipper Gore. They’re nice people, and while I simply don’t agree with their politics what goes on in this space is not about destroying someone’s life. The Gore’s marriage and their problems are not my business.
But a police report filled with facts — 13 on the first page alone — facts that say a very rich, very influential former Vice President of the United States, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, an Oscar winner currently exerting considerable influence in a serious public policy debate — now newly separated after 40 years of marriage — has been the subject of a documented investigation of sexual assault by the Portland Police Bureau?
This is not news?
No, it is not as Mr. Garber’s e-mail quite vividly shows.
The problem for Mr. Garber — and I want to emphasize I’m sure he’s a good guy, a well-respected editor and all of that — is that he and everyone else in the media today labors under a burden. A burden of a lack of credibility caused by decades of bad journalism seen both now and, sadly, at the time, as biased. Journalism that was and is incapable of presenting straight facts in a straight-forward fashion and letting the reader/viewer/listener make his or her decision for themselves, chips falling where they may.
But I don’t worry too much. Sean Hannity told me and everyone watching Fox on Wednesday night that the Portland Police Bureau had just announced it was reopening the case.
I’ll be watching Fox for developments. Why? Because they know what a fact looks like — and they’re not afraid to tell me.
What I make of that fact they tell me is up to me — and you.
To borrow a phrase: Let Freedom Ring.
And a Happy Fourth of July to Mr. Garber, his colleagues at the Portland Tribune — and to you.
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?