- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2000

Power women

"It is tempting to blame the news media for some of the problems in Elizabeth Dole's campaign. After a flurry of friendly stories when she announced her decision to run in March 1999, Dole seemed to drop from the view of the press during the following six months. The relative lack of coverage of Dole during this period seems especially striking, though, when you compare it to the absolute frenzy of stories on another prominent female candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton's alleged 'listening tour' to consider running for a lesser office, the U.S. Senate seat from New York, was as breathlessly and uncritically covered as if she were a rock star on tour… .

"Both women had to endure instances of the same stupid scrutiny of their wardrobe and physical appearance that has plagued female political candidates for years. Many articles referred snidely to Mrs. Dole's pastel-colored 'power suits.' When CNN convened a political panel devoted to Hillary Clinton's candidacy, the participants included CNN fashion editor Elsa Klensch describing Clinton's 'bottom heaviness' and strong need for a good pants wardrobe. Can you image a panel on impeachment discussing Rep. Henry Hyde's bottom heaviness?"

Jane Hall, writing on "Hillary and Liddy," in the winter issue of Media Studies Journal

Leaning left

"Why do so many family foundations go wrong? Why do they wind up so often frustrating rather than fulfilling the dreams of their founding mothers and fathers? … Rewarding your enemies has become the core problem of contemporary philanthropy… .

"A recent study of U.S. philanthropy reported that foundations giving mostly to liberal causes held more assets than foundations giving mostly to conservative causes by a ratio of 17-to-1. A remarkable number, especially when you consider the political coloration of that same money at the front end of the process when it was donated to the foundations. I have no exact numbers, but I would be willing to bet that out of every 18 entrepreneurs in this country, there are fewer than 17 dedicated left-wingers… .

"Ford. Pew. MacArthur. Packard. The stories are as familiar as the names. The great fortunes of modern capitalism turned to the service of anti-market initiatives. The great names of the American Century now fronting for the centrifugal forces of multiculturalism. The fruits of technological genius now funding the corrosive campaigns of junk science. What's happening in the foundation world today is a kind of reverse alchemy, with free-market gold being turned into philanthropic dross."

Foundation Management Institute Chairman Neal Freeman in a speech to the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs

Without a trace

"Abortion is racist. It has been ever since [Planned Parenthood founder] Margaret Sanger plotted to shrink the black population in this country by convincing blacks to limit their families through any means necessary, including contraception and abortion… . Since 1973, 10 million black babies have been aborted… . The whole U.S. black population is around 31 million. So what could have been 25 percent of black America is wiped out without a trace. Even though blacks make up only 12 percent of the nation's population, they account for 30 percent of its abortions. Wonder why? Maybe it's because 78 percent of all abortion clinics usually staffed by white health care professionals are located in or near minority neighborhoods. And you thought lynchings were as bad as it got in this country. They pale in comparison to abortions."

Sarah E. Hinlicky, writing on "Three Well-Kept Secrets About Abortion," in the on-line journal Boundless at www.boundless.org

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