- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2001

TV 'establishment'

"What happened to journalism over the last 10 years is that journalists became the establishment. TV networks are the establishment; so they tilt toward that side… .

"Any broadcaster who wasn't critical of the Clinton administration wasn't doing his job. Even if the Clintons didn't break the law, they walked the ethical line all the time. Now that George W. Bush is president, if he does the same thing, I'm going to be all over him… .

"The collapse of education in this country has led to a population that's more interested in immediate gratification and titillation than they are in really paying attention to things that aren't inherently exciting."

Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," interviewed by John Meroney in the March issue of the American Enterprise

Soviet legacy

"An entrenched 'abortion culture' in Russia and Eastern Europe has outlived the collapse of communism by more than a decade.

"Women's health activists … despair at what they see as a chilling legacy of Soviet-era social engineering.

"The now-defunct East Bloc regimes left behind some of the world's most liberal abortion-on-request laws… .

"The most startling statistics come from Russia, where abortion is used more than anywhere else in Europe… .

"According to the World Health Organization, Russian women in 1990 registered 1,971 abortions for every 1,000 live births or roughly two abortions for every childbirth.

"A decade later, the ratio stubbornly remains at 1,696 abortions per 1,000 births… .

"In forging a 'new Communist society' with at least nominal constitutional equality for women, the Soviet Union legalized abortion in the wake of the Russian revolution.

"Eastern Europe followed during the 1950s, often making abortion available for free… .

"At a time of economic crisis, 'the present plague of abortions is a source of considerable income for the doctors,' the World Health Organization found."

John Schmid, writing on "In the Former East Bloc, Abortion Remains Norm," in Friday's International Herald Tribune

Tax-free 'hush money'

"Speculation abounds that [Jesse Jackson's] charitable tax-exempt organization improperly disbursed money to the woman with whom he fathered an illegitimate baby. Did Karin Stanford, a former employee of Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, obtain a sweet deal when she moved to Los Angeles with the baby? At least $35,000 was disbursed to Stanford from Jackson's Citizenship Education Fund (CEF). She was reportedly even authorized by a top Jackson aide to use the money to buy a $365,000 house in Los Angeles.

"It is not quite clear for just what Stanford received the money. Was it consulting? Moving expenses? New York Post columnist Rod Dreher notes there are also unanswered questions about other expenditures by the CEF, which boasted $9.9 million in revenues in 1999. The CEF spent more than one million dollars on consulting fees that year. But it ignored requirements to list its five biggest independent contractors on disclosure forms filed with the government… .

"It is impermissible under federal law for tax exempt organizations to divert funds for the benefit of an individual employee. In other words, Jackson can't use the federal money to meet his child support obligations. But expenditures that benefit his entire organization are justifiable. Yes, that even means 'hush money' …. The payments would be technically legal if they were intended to keep Stanford from suing for sexual harassment or otherwise embarrassing Jackson's organization."

Evan Gahr, writing on "Operation PUSH Back," Feb. 9 in the American Spectator Online at www.tas.org

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