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The bias of the Washington Post is comic, showing up all over the paper, including in sections where one would think only clinical descriptions might apply, such as the list of “Washington bestsellers.” Here is how the paper last Sunday described Edward Klein’s The Amateur: “Another character attack on the workings of the White House.” The paper is clearly disappointed that Klein’s book has turned up on the bestseller list. But the paper’s spirit picks up as it goes down the list. Its description for Douglas Brinkley’s Cronkite is: “The spare title belies the complexity and sheer talent of the beloved newsman profiled within.” Sheer talent? That’s an enthusiastic description for a news reader.
Several years back I interviewed Tom Wolfe for TAS and I recall his comments about Cronkite (I can’t remember at the moment if these remarks made it into the printed interview). Wolfe told me that back in his days as a daily journalist he was once given the assignment of finding out “what Walter Cronkite does all day.” Not much, Wolfe discovered. Even though Cronkite had crowned himself “managing editor” of the news program, he didn’t manage much and edited even less. He would usually roll in late and just make sure that he could pronounce the names in the copy properly before going on air.
Media critic Howard Kurtz, by the way, has revised his judgment of Cronkite in the light of the Brinkley biography. Kurtz, while still praising Cronkite, acknowledges that he was a conveyor belt of liberal bias, doctored footage on occasion, went on conflict-of-interest junkets, and would hit topless bars while posing as a “pipe-smoking family man.”
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