- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2002

Citizen Rosie
"After just 16 issues of her eponymous monthly magazine, talk show host turned magazine editor Rosie O'Donnell and her publisher are principals in a battle so heated that it threatens to scuttle the enterprise.
"Having dumped her television show and come out of the closet, Ms. O'Donnell wants to further impose her will on what was intended to be a twist on a cake-and-crafts magazine that had had a long life as McCall's.
"Almost every aspect of the magazine is up for debate such as whether to put Boy George on a cover; whether to allow pictures of Ms. O'Donnell's friends and family including her pregnant partner to appear in the magazine; and whether to include low-calorie goodies in a proposed Valentine's Day section.
"Rosie looked like a great partnership when it was announced in late 2000. O, The Oprah Magazine and Martha Stewart Living were big hits.
"But from the beginning, there were tensions. Ms. O'Donnell hired her partner's stepsister, Heidi Safer, as an editor at large earning $110,000.
"Meanwhile, newsstand sales started to slip. After averaging around 550,000 during the magazine's first six months, they fell as low as 200,000 on some issues in 2000."
Matthew Rose, writing on "The Bloom Is Off at Rosie," in Friday's Wall Street Journal

Sheepish media
"[T]he media are supposed to keep an eye on things, and vigilance is often required. But the media see only what they want to see, and when the culture demands it, they will see nothing at all. Worse, they will insist it is inappropriate even to look. Protected sensibilities feminist, gay, minority must not be offended.
"The sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, for example, has generated an enormous amount of coverage, although virtually all of it has been misleading. No matter what the factual context, the words 'homosexual' and 'gay' are usually missing. But as Mary Eberstadt noted in an important piece in The Weekly Standard, 'There is no outbreak of heterosexual child molestation in the American church.'
"When George Will tried to raise the issue of homosexual priests on ABC's 'This Week,' Cokie Roberts shouted him down. Media people may see themselves as independent thinkers, but only rarely are they called on to test their perception. Most live in a world where everyone believes the same as they do. A reporter who wrote that gay priests were a grave problem for the Catholic Church would not be making a good career move. Better he should criticize the hierarchy than be accused of homophobia."
John Corry, writing on "Blinded by the Bias," in the July/August issue of the American Spectator

Death of the Right
"Socialism is popular. Practically all of the Socialist Party platform on which Norman Thomas ran in 1928 has been implemented. Thomas himself noticed this as far back as 1962, exulting that: 'The difference between Democrats and Republicans is: Democrats have accepted some ideas of Socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly.' Yet the main negative factors in the national life today, according to spokespersons for this country's largest political party, are corporate greed, tax cuts for the rich, and poverty-stricken old folk crying out for life-saving medications. Plainly we need still more socialism. Don't worry, we'll get it.
"Conservatism is dead. No genuinely conservative policy will ever be enacted, ever again. The Ronald Reagan of 1980, if he were to stride onto the national stage today, would be unelectable. Calvin Coolidge would be laughed out of public life, if by some bizarre accident he were permitted to wander into it. Even when large majorities of Americans favor a conservative policy, nothing will be done to implement it."
John Derbyshire, writing on "Unpleasant Truths," Aug. 2 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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