- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 3, 2001

WWII Inc.
"This June, for the second time in their lives, the men of Easy Company invaded Normandy. It was considerably easier than the first time. From New York City, the surviving veterans flew in a chartered jet to Paris, where they boarded a chartered train to the town of Carentan and were deposited at the Utah Beach Memorial on the 57th anniversary of D-Day.
"The occasion for all this was the star-studded premiere of 'Band of Brothers' a $125 million television miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, based on the book by Stephen E. Ambrose, telling the true-life story of Easy Company.
"For many Americans, World War II has been replaced by 'World War II' written by Stephen E. Ambrose, directed by Steven Spielberg, hosted by Tom Brokaw, and starring Tom Hanks."
Nicholas Confessore, writing on "Selling Private Ryan," in the Sept. 24 issue of the American Prospect

Campus soapbox
"On Sept. 13, the Houston Chronicle published a guest editorial by [University of Texas] journalism professor Bob Jensen alleging that violence inflicted by U.S. foreign policy was responsible for the events of Sept. 11.
"Jensen's screed followed a condemnation of the Sept. 11 attacks with the assertion that, 'This act was no more despicable than the massive acts of terrorism the deliberate killing of civilians for political purposes that the U.S. government has committed during my lifetime.'
"Jensen's diatribe led UT President Larry Faulkner to pen a letter to the editor stating that Jensen spoke only for himself, not for the university. Faulkner's letter declares 'Jensen is not only misguided, but has become a fountain of undiluted foolishness on issues of public policy.'
"While Jensen does indeed have every right to write radical left-wing editorials, he should be stopped from using the classroom as a soapbox for his political agenda. Jensen's course entitled Media Law and Ethics several years ago spent one whole class period discussing 'white privilege' and the need for racial preferences. Another whole hour was devoted to gay rights.
"On the last day of the class, Jensen 'came out' and discussed how he left his wife and child to become a homosexual. While Jensen has every right to change his sexual preference, he is paid to teach Media Law and Ethics, not to engage in political brainwashing and personal confessionals."
Marc Levin, writing on "Radical UT Professor, University President Exchange Blows," Monday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Rock anthems
"In the mid-'70s, when FM stations first tightly formatted their playlists, any band's song that was harder than, say, the Rolling Stones got thrown into late-night stoner rotation. As a result, rock during daylight hours sounded about as threatening as a street fight with Captain & Tenille. [M]any hard rock bands figured out how to play and, eventually, hustle the game.
"As the bicentennial beer bust sloshed on, 1976 became the Year the Power Ballad Broke, and the country's new national anthems were brewing. 'Dream On' became Aerosmith's first Top 10 hit; studio and live versions of [Lynyrd Skynyrds] 'Free Bird' made the Top 40; and [Led Zeppelins] 'Stairway to Heaven,' never released as a single, would become possibly the most requested rock radio song of all time. Kiss' 'Beth,' warbled by drummer Peter Criss, made the pseudo-Satanic vaudevillians crossover teenbop icons.
"But soon a strange situation existed in which many hard rock and metal bands were known mainly for their slow jams."
Charles Aaron, writing on "Don't Fight the Power," in the November issue of Spin


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