- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2001

Unforgivable sin
"Baseball, more than any other sport, has a reverence for statistics. During (Barry) Bonds 16-year major league career, he has accumulated an impressive array of records and approaches many more. This tornado of statistics makes it impossible for the baseball establishment to deny him superstar status, although some writers consider him an intruder into hallowed territory.
"What is it about Barry Bonds that the sports media cannot countenance? Whats wrong with Barry? If he were guilty of domestic violence or had succumbed to drugs, and then became contrite and begged forgiveness, would he be embraced by the media?
"I dont think so. There is one sin the media can never forgive. One sin which drives them into an unrelenting crusade against the perpetrator. This is the sin committed by the star athlete who doesnt like the media.
"Barry learned early in his career how duplicitous the sports reporter could be. With a smile, Barrys honest comments were solicited and then perverted. Barry would learn that some reporters were snakes and he suffered their venom repeatedly. It was self-defense for him to withdraw, become defensive and aloof …
"I fear this deep-rooted dislike of Bonds will endure whatever his final baseball accomplishments."
—Burton S. Blumert, writing on "Barry Bonds: The Baseball Superstar the Media Love To Hate" at the libertarian Web site www.LewRockwell.com, posted June 8

Model dynasty

"Members of the Bush clan descended on Manhattan en masse [June 4] lured by a British magazine and the prospect of one of their number becoming a supermodel.
"Lauren Bush, 16, a niece of the president, appears wrapped in the Stars and Stripes on the cover of the latest Tatler, which declares her an 'American Icon. She has been signed up by the Elite model agency while still at high school and is expected to become the new blond face of American youth… .
"Lauren … has already appeared in advertising campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Abercrombie and Fitch… .
"Wearing a sequinned Celine dress, designed by Michael Kors, and Jimmy Choo shoes, Lauren described being a model as 'like playing dress-up, and insists that it is simply a fun interlude before she goes to business school… .
"The party was the latest stage in the glamorization of the Bushes as a clan. Geordie Greig, the editor of Tatler, said: 'The Bush dynasty has become the most exciting dynasty in America. They outshine the Kennedys, theyre more glamorous, more beautiful — theyre almost matching them for scandal.
"Candace Bushnell, the author of 'Sex And The City and a lifelong Republican, spoke admiringly of the high-achieving Bushes: 'The trick when you come from a family with money is to do something with yourself. The Bushes do something with themselves."
—Philip Delves Broughton, writing on "Lauren Bush: the new face of American youth," June 6 in the London Spectator

Rising Hispanics

"The statistics of Census 2000 have confirmed the evidence seen and sensed in neighborhoods, schools and the workplace. Since 1990, the Hispanic population of the United States has ballooned by more than 60 percent. Following typical immigration patterns, most of the newcomers initially migrate to inner cities. As a result, the nations largest cities have experienced a 43 percent increase in Hispanic residents from a decade ago… .
"Within the next 10 years, some 25 percent of Americas teen-agers will be Hispanic. Marketers are busily working up strategies to target this well-defined core group. Their standard position is that these immigrant offspring will cling to their cultural roots and only half-heartedly embrace all things American.
"Wrong. They are no different than any other class of immigrants and will not be immune to the constant bombardment of mainstream advertising and pop cultures homogenizing effect. The images and icons they buy into will have a Hispanic-American flavor, but they will have an Anglo look and be as American as apple pie."
—Gerald Celente in "The Immigration Megatrend" in the summer issue of The Trends Journal

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