- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2001

'From the get-go'
"Powerless. Thats the way Sean (Puffy) Combs says he felt during his bribery and gun possession trial, where he was forced to sit in court and listen to the district attorney paint him as a dangerous thug who believed that his money and fame put him above the law.
"The man who has called the shots from the time he was a 20-year-old record company executive admits that he became truly scared and, for the first time in his life, felt there was nothing he could do to control his own destiny.
"'I knew these cats were serious from the get-go, the 31-year-old music mogul said in an exclusive interview with Ebony. 'But I still had trouble understanding how big of a deal the prosecutors were making out of what they claimed I had done."
—Kevin Chappell, writing on "Back From the Brink Again," in the June issue of Ebony


"Last month, the Associated Press broke two 'ground-breaking stories in rapid-fire succession. One headline all but screamed out the stunning revelation that 'Scientists Say Men, Women Not Alike. Before Americans could begin to absorb the implications of this epochal discovery, they were bombarded by another AP shocker: 'Study: Parents Can Affect Teen Sex.
"Now I am pleasantly surprised whenever well-paid researchers draw the proper conclusions from their social 'data, and journalists, in turn, communicate this information to the public without contaminating it with the usual liberal bias. But still, after reading these incredibly banal headlines, I wondered: just how stupid have American intellectuals become, that they need to spend millions of dollars on research to confirm what most of us know anyway? To tell us basic truths about relations between the sexes which any good parent should have instilled in us as a matter of course?
"Well, the answer to this question is fairly simple. American intellectuals as a class, judging by what we read and hear daily in the mainstream media organs they control, have become very, very stupid. If you regularly read the kind of social science revelations the highbrow New York Times has been publishing since the 1960s, you begin to see why an uneducated simpleton like Forrest Gump struck so many Americans as a fount of wisdom. These days it often seems like the more schooling people receive, the dumber they get."
—Sean McMeekin, writing on "The Stupidity of Intellectuals," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

St. Barbara

"Theres a crisis at ABC News. The sanctity of journalism is at stake. The ghost of Edward R. Murrow, even though the news pioneer worked for another network, is being summoned. Why? Barbara Walters is losing her Friday prime-time slot!
"Could anything be more pathetic? …
"Its all very dramatic. And its all flat-out ridiculous. Because somehow in this mini-diva drama Walters has been transformed into a martyr for network news. Well, not somehow. Walters herself was pitching that line when she appeared on her daytime coffee klatch show, 'The View… .
"ever mind that Walters herself has long pioneered the transformation of television news into, literally, parlor gossip. Who, after all, better represents the watering down of television news than Barbara Walters? …
"And can it really be possible that a host such as Walters, whos best known for making celebrities cry, is being regarded as a patron saint? Did we mention '20/20 wasnt canceled, but merely moved to a prime-time slot on a different night?"
—Eric Boehlert, writing on "Prime-time hypocrisy," Thursday in Salon at www.salon.com

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