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Hostess Bakers union, Newsweek editors and the liberal lemming phenomenon.
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Do the names “Waterloo” and “St. Helena” ring a bell?
What to make of this lemming-like phenomenon?
Let’s start with the bakers.
Our friends at the Wall Street Journal have laid out the basics.
There’s more but you get the picture.
When the company said they could do no more, especially after two bankruptcies induced by all of this, the union refused to accept the latest offer. (Note: Last night, a federal bankruptcy judge ordered both parties into mediation.)
Result? Twinkicide. Death by liberalism. Some 18,500 employees are now out of a job. Yes the brand has value, and someone else may pick it up. Small consolation to the abruptly unemployed.
Then there’s Newsweek. Folding (so to speak) after 80 years. Yes, it will be online, but no more print version.
Once owned by the Washington Post, the magazine had so hemorrhaged readership — and as a result advertisers — that the Post wound up selling it for a dollar. You read that right — a single dollar bill.
What happened to Newsweek? Doubtless 21st century technology took a toll. But there was something else. A big something else.
Newsweek — ironically founded by a former reporter for Time — was ostensibly begun with the goal of publishing the news and some commentary or analysis to go along with it. Eighty years ago, like all manner of other publications of the day, if it ran a news story it was a straight news story. A “just the facts” kind of news story. With the commentary or analysis elsewhere.
But as with its cronies elsewhere in the world of mainstream journalism, by the 1960s Newsweek had begun to change.
There are two eerily similar incidents that have been discussed before in this space which will serve to illustrate, both involving popular liberal Democrats in the White House.
Incident One centered around President John F. Kennedy, and one of his close friends, Ben Bradlee — the latter then the Washington bureau chief for Newsweek. Long story short, a year after JFK’s death Bradlee’s sister-in-law, Mary Pinchot Meyer, was mysteriously found murdered on a canal towpath in Washington. Bradlee and his horrified then-wife Toni went to Meyer’s Georgetown residence only to find a CIA agent — a high ranking CIA agent named James Jesus Angleton — scouring Meyer’s living quarters, having staged a break-in. Confronted, he left. And came back later to Meyer’s studio — again to be discovered (in the act of picking the lock) and depart. Eventually Bradlee and his wife located what was being sought. Meyer’s diary. Bradlee and wife found the diary and read it. To Bradlee’s shock it turned out his separated sister-in-law, herself married to a senior CIA official, had been having a secret affair with JFK. The whole tale was in the diary, including revelations that Meyer and her presidential lover had been smoking pot — in the White House.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?