- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Media contempt

"As tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Seattle to shut down the opening conference of the World Trade Organization meeting, mainstream media treated protesters' concerns with indifference and often contempt. That hostility translated into slanted coverage of both the demonstrations and the police reaction… .
"Even coverage that did attempt to describe the protesters' goals dealt with them in only the vaguest terms and often at a level of generalization that rendered the descriptions inaccurate and meaningless… .
"More helpful than such generalities would have been a summary of some of the protesters' specific complaints… .
"Instead, ABC's Peter Jennings commented that 'it seems as though every group with every complaint from every corner of the world is represented in Seattle this week.' …
"Perhaps the single WTO opponent who received the largest amount of time on CNN to expound his views was Pat Buchanan, who was interviewed … by 'Inside Politics' anchor Judy Woodruff… . Though right-wing nationalists did not appear to be an appreciable fraction of the actual protesters in Seattle's streets, the media seemed to anoint Buchanan as a major leader of the anti-WTO movement."
Seth Ackerman, writing on "Prattle in Seattle," in the January/February issue of Extra.

What would Al do?

"This year, it seems that every candidate … is aligning himself so closely with Jesus that it can be fairly said that each wants Him as a running mate… .
"This eagerness to invoke Christ is not limited to Republicans. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, running for the U.S. Senate, recently mentioned the baby Jesus in a Christmas-season speech that attacked New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's policies on the homeless… .
"Vice President Al Gore, in a talk last May to the Salvation Army in Atlanta, vowed: 'If you elect me president, the voices of faith-based organizations will be integral to the policies set forth in my administration.' …
" 'Faith is the center of my life,' the vice president said, adding incongruously, 'I don't wear it on my sleeve.' In an interview … during which he discussed the guiding principles in his life, Gore employed an acronym used in church youth groups: 'WWJD' for 'What would Jesus do?' "
Carl M. Cannon, writing on "Running With Jesus," in the Jan. 15 issue of National Journal.

Jane and Jesus

"I met Jane Fonda when I was 17 years old.
"That was a few years ago.
"I was a high school kid who had already been arrested in anti-war demonstrations and idolized the movie star who had visited North Vietnam, laughed as she looked through the sights of an anti-aircraft weapon designed to shoot down U.S. pilots, tormented prisoners of war and sided with the Stalinist regime in Hanoi… .
"I guess my view of Jane began to change after the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam … and watched as the long-predicted bloodbath took place in the south.
"That was a tough one for the apologists of communism Vietnam-style… .
"But that wasn't the only thing that opened my eyes and changed my worldview. It was also around that time that I became a follower of Jesus… .
"I was pretty tough on Jane for many years. I have probably written more angry columns about her … than any other living human being… . I'll stack my anti-Fonda rhetoric against anyone's.
"One thing I confess I never did during that period … was to pray for Jane Fonda. I guess I figured she was a lost cause… . How arrogant. After all, I was no different than Jane. If she was beyond forgiveness, so was I."
Joseph Farah, writing on "Jane Fonda, me and the Lord," a Monday posting on World Net Daily (www.worldnetdaily.com)

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