- The Washington Times - Friday, January 5, 2001

An idol's idol

"Madonna says she worships Britney Spears and even goes so far as wearing a T-shirt with the teen queen's photo to bed so she can be close to her at all times… .

" 'I want to do nothing but support her and praise her … . I mean, she's 18 years old. It's just shocking. I wish I'd had [myself] together when I was 18.

" 'I was so gawky and geeky and awkward and unsure of myself. I didn't have a tan. I didn't know how to dress.' …

" 'Can I say that I find it really irritating that everyone beats up on Britney Spears,' she adds… .

"Madonna also says she's not at all worried about all those curvy blondes less than half her age who are riding the charts these days.

" 'Oh, they'll get old and wrinkled and die, too,' she laughs."

Bill Hoffmann, writing on "Madonna's Obsessing on Britney," in Wednesday's New York Post

In from the cold

"Dear George,

"First allow me to congratulate you on winning the race for President… . It is not because I voted for you, or because I am a Republican (I didn't and I'm not). My motives are purely selfish.

"I want to come in from the cold."

"As a businessman, I did very well under Reagan and your father. It was not until Clinton came into office that I became a 'dangerous individual,' thanks to left-wing organizations like the [Anti-Defamation League] and Southern Poverty Law Center.

"Because I spoke out against the Clinton administration's 'police state' attitudes and the attack on the Branch Davidians and other Christian institutions in the magazine I publish … I was labeled a 'false patriot' by [SPLC President] Morris Dees. I stood up for the Second Amendment and was labeled 'armed and dangerous' by the ADL… .

"Despite all of these attempts to demonize hundreds of good Americans, I have not been charged with any crime other than loving my country… .

"We who believe in the Constitution have been labeled 'the Patriot Movement,' as if being an American patriot was a bad thing. We have been accused of being 'anti-government.' …

"More than anything else, George, we want to be welcomed back by your administration, as good, honest Americans who love this country and our heritage, instead of being treated like criminals or heretics by liberals in law enforcement."

Clayton R. Douglas, writing in "Publisher's Corner," in the January issue of the Free American newsmagazine

Deadly bias

"The news media … often promote death as an answer to the serious problems of grave illness and disability … gullibly publishing false assertions of euthanasia advocates without checking the facts.

"A classic example was the episode on 'mercy killing' that aired on '60 Minutes,' a program that led, ironically, to Jack Kevorkian's undoing. Kevorkian videotaped himself as he murdered Thomas Youk, a man with Lou Gehrig's disease [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS]. He then took the tape to '60 Minutes' correspondent Mike Wallace, a vocal pro-euthanasia advocate.

"In the '60 Minutes' presentation, Kevorkian … tells the newsman that he killed Youk, with permission, to keep him from choking to death on his own saliva. Wallace accepted the excuse without blinking an eye … .

"ALS is indeed a devastating disease. Yet proper medical care prevents people with ALS from choking or suffocating… . Accurate information was just a phone call away. Yet Wallace, who became famous for his hard-hitting, acerbic interviews, apparently didn't bother to verify Kevorkian's assertions before airing the program."

Wesley J. Smith, from his new book, "Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America"


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