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Two weeks later, Edwards partially confessed, and Times columnist Tim Rutten weighed in:
When John Edwards admitted Friday that he lied about his affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, a former employee of his campaign, he may have ended his public life but he certainly ratified an end to the era in which traditional media set the agenda for national political journalism.
Rutten acknowledged that “too many newsrooms, including that of The Times,” were derelict in ignoring the Edwards story. But his column reflected a telling defeatism. By proclaiming the “end to the era” of traditional media, he seemed to be suggesting that those media, including his own paper, were incapable of applying any lessons from the experience of being scooped by the Enquirer—that they were too hidebound to do anything other than “keep rockin.”
If that’s true, one might as well ask if the Los Angeles Times deserves the First Amendment. It’s a silly question, of course—precisely as silly as Shapiro’s op-ed. Fundamental constitutional liberties are not rewards for good behavior or privileges reserved to certain classes of individuals or organizations. They belong to everyone as a matter of right.
The Bill of Rights protects a variety of rights enjoyed specifically by those who are suspected, accused, or convicted of crimes: the rights to due process, speedy, and public trial, confrontation and compulsion of witnesses, and assistance of counsel; and against unreasonable search and seizure, double jeopardy, involuntary self-incrimination, excessive bail and fines, and cruel and unusual punishment.
Would the Los Angeles Times’s editors publish an op-ed titled “Criminals Don’t Deserve the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments”? They would have to be awfully ignorant to do so—but then again, only as ignorant as they have already demonstrated themselves to be.
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?