- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2000

Bachelor life

"When someone asks me if I'm married which, to my considerable annoyance, seems to be happening more and more often these days I usually crack wise. 'No, I'm happy' or 'Not since breakfast,' are the standard responses. What I'm really aching to say, though, is, 'No, I'm a bachelor.' Please note: Not 'I'm single.' …

" 'Single' is a singularly feckless term that conveys little of interest beyond marital status. By contrast, at the mere mention of 'bachelor,' a uniquely tantalizing image is instantly formed: that of a bon vivant, a high liver, a rakish cad with cash (not a gold card) in his pocket and a martini (not a cosmopolitan) in his hand… .

"Bachelors are heartbreakers. They own little black books. Their looks kill. Bachelordom, in short, is a state of masculine grace. Think 'single' on the other hand, and you think 'incomplete.' … The bachelor is a staple of popular culture in a way that a single simply isn't.

John Forsythe was never exactly a party kind of guy, but can you imagine tuning in to watch him on something called 'Single Father'? … Felix Unger and Oscar Madison were bachelors first and divorced men second. James Bond, of course, was a bachelor incarnate. As if to settle any doubts on that score, his archenemy Blofeld came along on the day of his wedding to Teresa Draco to blow the bride away."

Thomas Vinciguerra in "Batching It" in the April issue of the American Spectator

Gay media

"When Matthew Shepard died in Wyoming on Oct. 12, 1998, … the tragic story of this gay college student had already captivated the nation's media… .
"But the 21-year-old's death was more than just another crime story. It became a media-sanctioned opportunity to promote a pro-gay political agenda… .
"But when 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising was sexually assaulted and murdered in Rogers, Ark., on Sept. 26, 1999, allegedly by two homosexual men, the national media outlets said nothing until a month later, when The Washington Times ran an expose of the media's inattention… .
"The primary offender in this tale of politically correct self-censorship is the source that the networks and most of America's 7,000 newspapers rely for rural news the Associated Press …
"Why is the Dirkhising blackout so pervasive and complete among the national media? Perhaps the primary reason is newsroom sensitivity to gay and lesbian journalists. Many national media outlets (including the Associated Press) have internal caucuses of gay and lesbian employees. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association boasts 1,350 members."
Tim Graham, writing on "A Tale of Two Killings," in the March issue of Citizen

Big night

"After last year's woeful Whoopi Goldberg performance as host [of the Academy Awards], Billy Crystal was back, in good, if not gut-busting, form. His opening gambit inserting himself into classic old movies, from Charlie Chaplin's 'The Gold Rush' to James Dean's 'Rebel Without a Cause' was artfully done, marred only by a tired 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' punch line… .
"Jack Nicholson … introduced Warren Beatty, recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award, and suddenly shockingly Beatty looked only a few years younger than Richard Farnsworth, and his rambling remarks were only slightly more coherent than those of the widely feared Roberto Benigni.
"Poor Annette Bening Hillary Swank steals an Oscar out from under her, then she has to drive this geezer home and pretend everything is splendor in the Hollywood Hills grass."
Ken Tucker, writing on "The Show," in the April 7 issue of Entertainment Weekly

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