- The Washington Times - Friday, February 16, 2001

Naked truth

"From the day Paula Jones came out with her allegations of sexual harassment against former President Clinton, her detractors tried to smear her. Ever since, I wanted her to fight back hard and prove them wrong… .
"[W]hen pundits sneered about her trailer park roots, I desperately wanted her to win… .
"I wanted Paula to be remembered as the ordinary woman who stood up to the most powerful sexual predator in the world for one thing: her reputation. An honorable aim, I thought. But she has let me down. Big time… .
"In the December issue of Penthouse, Paula Jones stepped back into the limelight with her enhanced naked body. The nudie pix were accompanied by a self-pitying interview, in which Jones confides to her new best friend, Joe Conason … that she was used by the 'far right' to bring down the president… .
"I expected more from Paula. For some reason or another, I did."
Kate Kennedy, writing on "The Two Faces of Paula Jones," in the winter issue of the Women's Quarterly

Stalin's apologists

"With the fall of Russian communism and its puppets more than a decade ago, followed by the extensive opening of secret archives in both West and East, historians and journalists who had studied the crimes of the Soviet regime anticipated that a certain reasonable balance would take hold especially among Western intellectuals, who for decades let their opposition to anti-communism draw them into excusing or even supporting Stalinism.
"We can now see that such faith in the discernment and honesty of the American academic and literary classes was misplaced… . Indeed, in an alarming and depressing development, the partisans of anti-anti-communism have now rallied and begun a full-scale counterattack… .
"The poisoning of the Western mind by Stalinism remains a curse upon generation after generation …. There was a reason Trotsky described Stalinism as the syphilis of the left… .
"The American historical profession, once a beacon of reason and insight, today remains under the domination of a cult of untruth. In that, curiously, it is much like the Stalinist movement so many of its representatives seek to sanctify."
Stephen Schwartz, writing on "Poor, Persecuted Stalinists," in the Feb. 19 issue of the Weekly Standard

Bunny 'brand impact'

"[A]ttitudes towards Playboy and towards my life have taken another kind of step up. In other words, the brand impact being embraced by women by the women's fashion magazines fashion magazines doing photo shoots with me.
"Exactly what is true of the brand is true of my own personal life: All these young women have grown up seeing their fathers, brothers and boyfriends all identifying with me in this very dramatic way. Young women in this post-politically correct, post-feminist period, without the other kind of conflicts and hang-ups that were there in the '80s and '70s, now see me in this completely different kind of way. Women have embraced the rabbit… .
" 'Sex and the City' is my favorite show. They filmed an episode out here.
"Most of the girls I'm seeing now are girls who fantasized about being with me before we met… .
"It's all working out very well. I've created this incredible machine that brings to me the most beautiful young women in the world, and they come already wanting to be in the magazine or somehow a part of my life, so I think that my choices are a combination of what's available to me and where my fantasies are at."
Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner, 75, describing his current lifestyle with seven live-in girlfriends, in an interview by Nancy Jo Sales in the March issue of Vanity Fair

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