- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Feminist Times

"Understanding the way things unfold at the New York Times takes the subtlety of a Kremlinologist, and with the heavy-handed '60s enthusiast Pinch Sulzberger in charge, the paper is unlikely to return to its classical liberal roots anytime soon… . Indeed, of all the orthodoxies the paper has so aggressively promoted over the years, from its casting of single parenthood as a triumph of diversity to its insistence in the face of ready data and common sense that AIDS is everyone's disease, none has enjoyed quite the degree of special handling as the feminists' drive to remake humanity.

"Over the years, the Times readers have so come to take this bias for granted that even the most daring leaps in its logic and the grossest disregard of fairness tend to pass unnoticed. Underlying it all has been the pretense that radical feminist groups, notably the National Organization for Women … actually speak for all women. A quick check of Lexis-Nexis reveals that over the past decade, NOW has been cited in 802 articles while, as a quick contrast, the conservative Independent Women's Forum has been mentioned a mere seven times . .

"Among the small percentage of women whose views NOW actually represents are the overwhelming majority of those who write and edit at the paper itself; women, that is, who are militantly pro-choice and for whom career is an all consuming priority… . The worldview they represent can now be found in every corner of the paper, evident not merely in the almost uniformly flattering news stories about Hillary Clinton or the seriousness accorded the likes of a Susan Sarandon, but in a sports department that has made a prominently placed photo of a female Little League player an annual rite of spring."

Harry Stein, writing on "Feminists and their Enemies" in the Autumn issue of City Journal

Brush with anonymity

"Released on Jan. 22, 1996, with a first printing of just 62,000 copies, 'Primary Colors' rocketed to the top of the best-seller lists and stayed there, promising not to come down until someone could figure out who wrote it. Most Beltway journalists suspected that it was written by one of their own stripe. At cocktail parties and press conferences, reporters interrogated one another with suspicion. Challenged by the White House to find Anonymous and to blow the author's cover, the New York Times and The Washington Post pulled out all the stops, each paper assigning an investigative team to solve this semiliterary problem …

"If the novel was an insider's story of the 1992 Clinton campaign, it was also a tale of disillusionment, of resentment… . Posing as a 'tell all' expose, the novel felt to me like an assault on the Clintons by someone who somehow felt betrayed… . One might have guessed that the author of 'Primary Colors' was white, middle-aged, male, ambivalent about women; someone loyal to Newsweek or the Post; someone who wished to tutor blacks in what's good for them …

"I tried Joe Klein, whose recent columns for Newsweek seemed like the next-best place to search… . Bingo! Anonymous' vocabulary was all over Joe Klein's journalism and vice versa… In his July 29 column … Joe Klein admits having lied. But he ended his 'brush with anonymity' … on a note of altruism, observing that his traumatic experience as Anonymous argues the need for political reform in America, and for Bill and Hillary Clinton to return to traditional values."

Don Foster, from his new book "Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous"

The right way to die?

"The diving community, for all its references to the gentle contemplation of the beauty of the undersea world, is actually a very harsh group… . We demand near perfection in skill and form, including the method and style of our dying …

"We are a band of brothers and sisters who admire the lost cave diver who stubbornly clings to life to the end, breathing down his tank to the nubs, but we disdain the diver who panics and dies with a tank still half-filled with gas. Both divers are just as dead, just as foolish, but the one is allowed to ascend into our version of Valahalla while the other is sent to diving Purgatory for all eternity."

Bernie Chowdbury, from his new book "The Last Dive"

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