- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

PULLING THE PRESS

The big rally is done, and Glenn Beck is manning the Fox News microphones and testing the reach of theblaze.com, his new website. There is still much hubbub among journalists who faulted the “overwhelming whiteness” of Mr. Beck’s event — then were in turn cited by Nathan Burchfiel, a Culture and Media Institute analyst who revealed the “overwhelming whiteness” of the press corps. The media itself is no showcase for diversity, he says, a fact supported by newsroom demographic surveys.

“The media shouldn’t be so quick to point the finger on ‘overwhelming whiteness’ unless they’re willing to call their own credibility into question for the same reason. It’s textbook hypocrisy,” Mr. Burchfiel tells Inside the Beltway. “If a startling lack of diversity doesn’t hurt the media’s credibility, how is it fair for journalists to use a similar attack on the ‘tea parties’ or Beck rally?”

He continues, “The charge is a cheap way to avoid addressing the legitimate concerns being raised at these rallies. It’s the latest in a long list of attempts by the left to invalidate the conservative grass roots with personal attacks and character assassination instead of actually debating the issues.”

SAY AMEN SOMEBODY

Meanwhile, others have long said there’s a gracious, productive place for prayer in politics and national affairs - particularly Charles Stanley, founder of Atlanta-based In Touch Ministries. He offers a straightforward update about 140 Days, his nationwide initiative launched July 4, asking Americans to pledge to pray once a day for the “spiritual well-being” of the nation for 20 weeks.

“I am extremely grateful for nearly 100,000 brothers and sisters in Christ who have joined myself and In Touch Ministries, asking the Father to turn the spiritual tide of our nation and save the people of our great country. Imagine the awesome things God can do through faithful believers whose hearts are set on Him. The possibilities are beyond comprehension,” Mr. Stanley tells Inside the Beltway in an e-mail.

HOLA AMERICA

Should the U.S. dampen its zeal to welcome one and all? That’s what the rest of the world does, apparently.

“Only 30 of the world’s 194 countries grant automatic citizenship to children born to illegal aliens. Of advanced economies, Canada and the United States are the only countries that grant automatic citizenship to children born to illegal aliens,” says Jon Feere, legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies.

Not one European country grants automatic citizenship to the infants in question, he says, noting that “the global trend is moving away from automatic birthright citizenship.” Mr. Feere also parsed the language of the U.S. Constitution. (See his report at www.cis.org)

“The 14th Amendment history seems to indicate that the Citizenship Clause was never intended to benefit illegal aliens nor legal … visitors temporarily present in the United States,” Mr. Feere says.

TOWERING DEBATE

The debate over the proposed $100 million “ground-zero mosque” goes on. Coming to a TV screen near you: “9/11 Happened to Us All,” a national outreach campaign produced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — specifically, a pair of public-service announcements “featuring Muslim 9/11 first responders and designed to challenge the growing anti-Muslim bigotry sparked by opposition to the planned Park51 project in Manhattan,” the group says.

A third spot features interfaith leaders offering an “implicit challenge” to a Florida church that plans to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11.

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