“I’m not a natural Republican, I suppose. If you’re comin’ up Republican, you probably want to be prospering, playing golf and spending time with your family, the good life America offers. But I like the irreverent spirit of a newsroom. And government is important. …
“If you work in the media for any length of time, you notice that reporters, editors, producers, correspondents — they have a common set of views on a range of issues. Abortion, the environment, gun control. There is a resultant consensus so universal that it’s almost imperceptible to those who hold those views.”
—Fox News Channel anchor Brit Hume, interviewed by Marshall Sella in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine
A click away
“Internet gambling has become a $1.6 billion industry, with projections that online casino earnings will rise to $6.3 billion by 2003. To avoid U.S. gambling laws, the online casinos are currently offshore operations, legally incorporated in Caribbean islands or other live-and-let-live countries. There are an estimated 1,400 Internet casino sites based overseas, luring in some 4.5 million American players.
“Since an Internet site is not a ‘place’ at all, and it is just as easy to click onto a foreign Web site as an American one, it doesn’t really matter where the business has its papers filed. Online betting is already freely available, no matter what Vegas does. But the way the Internet makes state and national borders irrelevant threatens not only to undermine the anti-gambling laws of other states, but to undermine American federalism — in ways the low-tech framers of the Constitution never envisioned. …
“Americans reportedly gamble away some $500 billion, legally or illegally, every year. In this cultural climate, the possibility of free money without having to work for it in productive activity is a driving fantasy for gamblers and it is a reality for those who run the games. Attempts to rein in gambling have been futile, as high-stakes gambling has become increasingly available, first with the Indian casinos and now with the ultimate total accessibility of the Internet.”
—Gene Edward Veith in “The computer as casino,” in the June 23 World magazine
“On June 28, Ward Connerly convened a meeting at the Reagan Library to discuss how proponents of race preferences are using the language and ideology of ‘diversity’ in a bid to build support for programs that a large majority of Americans oppose.
“Successful referendums such as California’s Proposition 209 and Washington’s I-200, as well as numerous polls, demonstrate America’s distaste for the type of affirmative action that involves quotas and legal preferences. But ‘diversity’ is a word with almost wholly positive connotations. So instead of trying to sell race-based medicine, the cure-all for a sick society, the Left has turned to selling bright, cheerful boxes of Diversity Flakes — breakfast for the broadminded.
“As usual with the Left, its advertising is misleading. But having spent the last century selling totalitarianism under the brand name ‘Liberation,’ the Left long ago got the hang of using attractive-sounding words to mean their opposite. …
“As it had done with the notion of pluralism, the Left is attempting to advance a socially divisive agenda under the cover of a wholesome-sounding idea.
“But as anyone knows who has ever tried to unteach a bad idea, recognizing a con is a lot easier than undoing it. Tamar Jacoby pointed out that the soccer moms think ‘diversity’ is just another name for racial integration — a low- or no-cost path to overcoming the divisions of the past.”
—Peter Wood, writing on “Dumb-Show Diversity,” July 3 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com