- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Left-wing lynch mob

"The [left-wing] smear attacks against all of [President-elect George W.] Bush's conservative [Cabinet] nominees John Ashcroft, Gale Norton and Linda Chavez have been as bad as anything Sen. Joseph McCarthy ever attempted and with even less foundation …

"As former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains in the [New York] Times … this is all part of a 'civil war' that the left has been waging for decades. Reich traces it back to 1987, 'when Ronald Reagan's nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate after an extensive media campaign by his opponents.'

"It was more than a media campaign. It was a witch hunt … Conceded Reich: 'George W. Bush may sincerely wish to "reach out" to congressional Democrats, but the Democrats don't want to reach back.'

"The coalition that has geared up to misrepresent, tar and feather Bush's conservative nominees is exactly the same lynch mob that conducted the campaign of character assassination against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas 10 years ago the worst attack of its type in American history."

David Horowitz, writing on "First Blood," Monday in Salon at www.salon.com

Familiar message

"Two articles in December's Family Planning Perspectives … might make you think that the nation's teens have just started to indulge in new, dangerous sex practices that require a forceful response from public health officials. But look closer, and you'll see that the articles are less about health than politics.

"Unquestionably, the sexual behavior the two articles depict is profoundly disturbing… . So pervasive among teens has oral sex become, experts warn, that oral herpes and pharyngeal gonorrhea are on the rise… . Some 12- and 13-year-old girls, it seems, consider fellatio the necessary price of hanging on to a cool boyfriend or looking sophisticated to friends; and, they reason, it removes some of the pressure to go all the way.

"Yet neither article tells us much we don't already know… .

"So if there's nothing really new here, why the fuss? The answer reveals itself in one report's title, 'Oral Sex Among Adolescents: Is It Sex or Is It Abstinence?'

"With congressional funding for abstinence-only sex-education about to reach its five-year limit, a regrouped public health establishment is here to say: It doesn't work… . The clear implication: to protect kids, educators need to get into the specifics of oral and anal sex and teach kids how to use condoms and dental dams. Sound familiar?"

Kay S. Hymowitz, writing on "It's Just Sex," in the winter issue of City Journal

Unbelievable 'Island'

"Infidelity and weddings have long been ratings grabbers on TV. But now a network is trying to manufacture one at the expense of the other with a twist. The morality play stars real couples… .

"Fox debuts its much-hyped reality series 'Temptation Island' where four unmarried couples head to a tropical island with 26 singles put there to test the strength of true love… .

" 'Now there's a sense that all bets are off,' says [professor] Robert Thompson, a pop-culture expert. 'It's the ultimate set up. Talk about the devil's workshop.'

" 'Temptation Island' is a product of the current reality-TV blitz that began when Americans flocked to their televisions last summer to watch 'Survivor' on CBS. Along with 'Temptation Island,' Fox also has romance-themed 'Love Cruise' in the hopper, where 16 singles with access to alcohol and one another cavort on the high seas. UPN has picked up 'Chains of Love,' which shackles four singles to a member of the opposite sex.

"But it's 'Temptation Island,' the first off the blocks, that has some people shaking their heads in disbelief."

Kim Campbell, writing on "Titillation Island," Monday in the Christian Science Monitor

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