- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 22, 2001

In-your-face liberalism

"I gave a speech at a journalistic convention five or six years ago. These are not beginning journalists. These are young, in their late 20s. I made the mistake of talking about the ideal of objectivity and this murmur of dissent just swept through the room. They had been conditioned to believe objectivity is a white male thing to hide power relationships. Once you equate knowledge with ideology, everything is unhinged in a college.

"A lot of people actually believe that knowledge is an expression of white male ideology. If you believe that, then it is no longer necessary to argue or have free debate or be embarrassed when you suppress ads or speakers. Because it's our discourse vs. their discourse and you want your discourse or your narrative or your story to win. So now you're telling them it's OK to suppress other peoples' points of view. So you're saying that truth, objectivity or reason are all part of a hegemony that needs to be overthrown. And you are asking minorities to take shelter behind a set of beliefs that are impervious to rational analysis. Not everyone believes this, but that is the reigning ideology that sits on the campuses today.

"It's a very serious situation. There's an intellectual, moral corruption here that people haven't faced yet. What you have close to here is a religion the elites have adopted in this country. There aren't any liberals left in America; the Hubert Humphrey or George McGovern liberal who believes in openness, 1964 Civil Rights Act, pluralism, respecting other peoples' beliefs. That's a fading form of liberalism. What you're getting now is the hard-nosed, in-your-face, oppressive kind."

Columnist John Leo in a speech given Monday at the National Press Club

Leaving God out

"Mel Martinez was thrilled when President Bush tapped him to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. So thrilled, in fact, that he called being selected to serve 'the fulfillment of the promise of America.'

" 'If you share the dream of a brighter tomorrow,' said Martinez, a Cuban immigrant, 'and you're willing to pursue it with respect for others and an abiding faith in God, all things are possible.'

"Well, maybe not all things. As it turned out, Martinez's free expression of faith was not welcome in the pages of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Those papers excised his reference to his Creator, replacing it with an ellipsis.

"More egregious was the way the Dallas Morning News, the Bergen County (N.J.) Record and the Knight-Ridder news syndicate simply deleted with no ellipses the supposedly offensive phrase."

Gary Schneeberger, writing on "Newspapers delete Bush appointee's tribute to God" in the April issue of Citizen


"Time magazine has announced that their political discussion board and chat room is shutting down as of March 31… .

"I know precisely what happened with this chat room: They can't manage it because there are so many conservatives speaking opinions that are censored and sneered at by the magazine… .

"Liberals just can't make it on the Internet, folks. Look at Salon.com. They're constantly struggling and laying people off and cutting back what little they offer. They're desperate for ideas to make money, so much so that they've come up with the cockamamie idea of charging what few readers they have for the privilege of not seeing banner ads.

"This is one of the craziest things I've seen in a long time. They actually think people are going to pay a subscriber fee for no banner advertising? How much energy does it take to ignore a banner advertisement at the top of a page? Just how intrusive is it?"

Rush Limbaugh, on "Libs Are Losers Online," Tuesday on www.rushlimbaugh.com

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