- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2000

Elite embrace

"Election? What election?

" 'The West Wing' creator Aaron Sorkin is tipped back in his chair, feet propped on the desk… .

" 'If [George W.] Bush is elected in November, I can't imagine how it would affect the show at all,' Sorkin declares with deliberate nonchalance. 'It hasn't played in my mind at all.'

"Of course it hasn't. Why would the fact that there could be radical changes in the political culture in Washington the backdrop of the popular show cause Sorkin the smallest moment of concern? Why would the fact that his show is currently embraced by the entire media and political elite as a fantasy version of the Clinton White House not an Al Gore or George W. Bush White House cause him the slightest hiccup of indigestion? …

"So the reality that a new administration is about to sweep into Washington perhaps a conservative GOP administration with a thick Texas drawl is no cause for concern, right? 'It's silly. Ridiculous,' Sorkin says."

Sharon Waxman, writing on "Inside the West Wing's New World," in the November issue of George

Sue who?

"This is a special message for moms whose kids work for personal-injury law firms. Mom if your son or daughter wants to make the really, really big money here's some motherly advice you need to give them.

"Don't waste your time going after industries like Big Tobacco, Big Guns or even Big Breast Implants. No, the new crew to sue is something called Big Abortion. That's right the previously untouchable abortion industry is about to find out that even they aren't immune to our country's insatiable appetite for big-money lawsuits.

"For 30 years, abortionists have been protected by the reluctance of injured women to admit they've had an abortion. But all that's starting to change real fast. More and more post-abortive women are beginning to understand how they were manipulated and lied to by the entire abortion complex from the media, to the feminist movement, right down to the abortionist who destroyed the baby in their womb.

"They're asking important questions, like, 'Why didn't the abortionist let me see the sonogram of my baby?' Or, 'Why wasn't I told that having an abortion could increase my chances for breast cancer?'

"In many cases, when they get the answers to their questions, the next thing they get is a lawyer. And then they sue for all their abortionists are worth."

Judie Brown, president of American Life League, in a Wednesday radio commentary, "Suing Big Abortion"

Cinematic politics

"The timing of the release of the new political drama 'The Contender' can be viewed as either impeccable or a redundancy.

"The film keys into the current election season, of course, and for political junkies who can't get a big enough fix from the real thing, it presents a reasonable facsimile of headline-making subterfuges and skullduggery and speechifying… .

"It's a movie that wallows in the muckiness of the political process as it's played out in Washington while at the same time celebrating with a Founding Fathers righteousness the guiding principles of that process… .

"One reason political movies are so rarely even attempted anymore is because the real-life shenanigans are so much more compelling, even cinematic. Washington may be working itself into one of its periodic election-eve high dudgeons about the depravities of Hollywood, but the ways in which the elections and the issues are covered on television and the rest of the media, as well as the ways in which politicians and their handlers spin the themselves, owe a tremendous debt to Hollywood."

Peter Rainer, writing on "Sex and the Beltway," in the Oct. 23 issue of New York

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