- The Washington Times - Monday, November 5, 2001

Cultural clich
"In a matter of days after September 11, a cultural clich was born. We had traded in a decade of triviality for an era of profundity. 'That fat, daydreaming America is gone now, way gone,' wrote Frank Rich in the New York Times on Sept. 15, 'as spent as the tax-rebate checks, as forgotten as the 2000 campaign's debate over prescription-drug plans, as bankrupt as our dot-com fantasies of instant millions.'
"Rare was the columnist who did not repeat this formula in some form. We had finally said farewell to the 1990s, a period of conspicuous consumption, insularity, and media froth O.J., Di, Monica, Gary Condit, and shark attacks in the familiar litany. Sweeping away all this insignificance was something more like the Second World War an epoch of emergency, patriotism, and sacrifice. Maureen Dowd wrote of the 'pampered, narcissistic culture' we had left behind.
"Some puritanical instinct tells us that doing well, personally or collectively, must have a dark side. But to paraphrase Elvis Costello, what's so awful about peace, love, and prosperity?"
Jacob Weisberg, writing on "In Defense of the '90s," Thursday in Slate at www.slate.com

False picture
"As former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres recently pointed out, there are cases where media bias bears a direct responsibility for encouraging acts of violence. Peres cited the example of a local Fatah leader who was caught on an Israeli army camera saying: 'Don't start the stoning yet. I have just been told that CNN crew is stuck in traffic near Ramallah.'
"In addition there is a clear link between inflammatory reporting about Israel and physical attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions in the countries where those reports are published or broadcast. Correspondents may not realize it, but their unfair reporting plays into pre-existing anti-Semitism.
"The systematic building up of a false picture of Israel as aggressor, and deliberate killer of babies and children, is helping to slowly chip away at Israel's legitimacy. How can ordinary people elsewhere not end up hating such a country? And, contrary to the perceptions of some, Israel is not a big, tough major power that can withstand such international antagonism indefinitely. As the Jews have learnt only too well, acts of wholesale destruction and ultimately genocide did not just spring forth in a vacuum; they were the product of a climate. In this affair, the international media is not an innocent bystander."
Tom Gross, writing on "New prejudices for old," Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Quiet revolution
"The leftist takeover of the university is real. This quiet revolution has effectively removed half the political spectrum from discussion at one of the most important and impressionable times of our lives.
"Leftists have no respect for informed dissent they are driven solely by a desire to destroy the message they find offensive. Is it any wonder that our own campus is almost wholly devoid of any proud or vocal Republican or conservative professors?
"The famous rallying cry of the Clinton administration said the makeup of the Cabinet would 'look like America.' Let's apply Clinton's standard to this university why doesn't the UCLA faculty teach 'like America?'
"It was Lenin who noted 'Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.' Too many Marxist relics have taken this philosophy to heart They have inculcated young, idealistic and credulous students with the false notion that they alone can change the world."
UCLA student Andrew Jones, writing on "Campus suppresses 'right' education," Wednesday in the Daily Bruin

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