- The Washington Times - Monday, May 3, 2010

DRUDGE SMUDGE

Behold, a cautionary tale of social media. Consider that Washington Post “Right Now” blogger Dave Weigel tweeted a missive right from the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night that read, “I hear there’s video out there of Matt Drudge diddling an 8-year-old boy. Shocking.” Mr. Weigel later explained it was meant to parody Mr. Drudge’s recent promotion at his online news site of a National Enquirer story that claimed President Obama had an extramarital affair.

“I have criticized Weigel before because I feel his column often looks for ways that make conservatives look bad,” says Dan Gainor, director of the Business and Media Institute, a conservative watchdog. “Apparently, Weigel thinks making jokes about child molestation or rape is professional journalism.”

“Weigel is still learning his new role as someone who works for a company that actually has an image, albeit a lefty one. The question isn’t just making inappropriate comments and bashing conservatives, which he does with regularity. The question is one of unprofessional conduct,” Mr. Gainor says.

Mr. Weigel struck back at his personal website, calling Mr. Gainor a “tiresome scold” and guilty of “humorlessness and innuendo,” among other things.

MELTING POT

“Fifteen countries attract about 500 million of the roughly 700 million adults worldwide who say they would like to relocate permanently to another country if they could. Gallup finds the U.S. is clearly the No. 1 desired destination among these potential migrants, with more than 165 million saying they would like to move there, and neighboring Canada is a distant second with 45 million … Gallup finds the U.S. appeals more to the youngest and least educated adults.”

The numbers: 40 percent have an elementary education or less, 51 percent have secondary education, 9 percent have a college degree. (From a Gallup poll of 347,713 adults in 148 countries, conducted between 2007 and 2009, and released Friday.)



BUMPER PATROL

“It’s our turn. Bring illegal immigration enforcement laws to Florida.”

Among the bumper stickers offered by “1,000,000 Strong Supporting Arizona Immigration Law SB1070,” a Facebook page created April 24.

‘CHASING BUSBOYS’

The Arizona border problem is the fault of seven Republicans and three Democrats, says the state’s major newspaper. In a front-page editorial, the Arizona Republic mostly condemns politicians for failing to remedy illegal immigration, noting that they are “pandering to public fear.”

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