- The Washington Times - Monday, March 1, 2004

Rush to judgment

“You have to hand it to the Palm Beach Post. It doesn’t let either principle or consistency get in the way of its own zeal to punish a conservative for his views. And not just any conservative: Rush Limbaugh. …

“The state attorney in Palm Beach County, Democrat Barry Krischer, has spent more than a year and hundreds of thousands of dollars trying — without success — to find a criminal charge to bring against Rush. Rush has made no secret that he was addicted to prescription medication. And he has sought rehabilitation, which continues to this day. If Rush had been a Democrat state judge or Democrat state senator in Florida, he would have been applauded for his courage in confronting his problem, as two such officials were, and that would have been that. …

“Enter the Palm Beach Post editorial page. It has been Krischer’s biggest and most blatant cheerleader in his crusade against Rush. …

“Apparently, to the Palm Beach Post, Rush Limbaugh and his views are more dangerous than terrorists who seek to sneak into our country and unleash mass destruction. … It seems that at the Post’s editorial page, hypocrisy in the defense of liberalism is no vice.”

Mark R. Levin, writing on “Limbaugh Law,” Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Predicting defeat

“In the fall of 2001, weeks before American and Afghan liberators swept through … Afghanistan, Berkeley professor and journalist Mark Danner wrote an upbeat piece for the Los Angeles Times predicting America’s defeat. Hoping to erode the nation’s resolve, Danner reminded Americans why they ought to be demoralized and frightened. He said American foreign policy was a story of ‘bluster and flight and uneasy forgetting.’ …

“Danner dismissed Reagan’s annihilation of the Soviet Union as merely ‘the triumphant Cold War narrative we have shaped for ourselves.’ How about ‘the defeatist Vietnam narrative liberals have shaped for the rest of us’? Reagan’s victory in the Cold War is more than a comforting bedtime story. For 40 years, Americans lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation by the Soviet Union. Now they don’t. I think that goes in the ‘victory’ column.”

Ann Coulter, from her book “Treason”

Vanity, vanity

“In a more genteel time author photographs were found on the back of a book’s dust jacket, or a smaller one was on the back inside flap. …

“Maybe the true worth of a contemporary book is noted in the absence of that photo on the cover. … Browsing in bookstores over the last few years you wouldn’t even have to read titles or writers’ bylines to know that this bipartisan chic community is populated by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, Al Franken, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Chris Matthews, Michael Savage, and [Michael] Moore. …

“The majority of books published nowadays aren’t by ‘writers,’ per se, but celebrities: Hollywood stars, television talk show hosts, political pundits, ex-presidents … sports figures … and politicians lately retired or disgraced, or the young and ambitious ones about to embark upon their dismal careers. And they’re all on the covers of their books.”

Bill Croke, writing on “Pictures of an Exhibitionist,” Feb. 20 in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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