- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 6, 2002

'Moderate' Hillary

"When the junior senator from New York took her seat, I instituted my own personal moratorium against writing on the exploits of the former first lady. I was doing pretty well until I received a phone call from a friend directing me to the source of all the news that is fit to spin, cnn.com. There in black-and-white was the AP headline: 'Hillary Rodham Clinton Emerges as Moderate: "She has never been the wild lefty."' Needless to say, the moratorium ends now.

"[L]et me be perfectly clear: the reporting in the AP story wasn't bad, it was stunningly bad.

"Ultimately, Senator Clinton's voting record, her previous national health care proposal, and her Chicken Little-like ranting about 'vast right-wing conspiracy' do not make her a liberal according to AP because she has 'cast herself as a New Democrat.' Contrary to the AP's suggestion, however, being a moderate takes more than self-identification. Had the AP actually taken the time to review her votes, rather than relying on anecdotes and adulation regarding her political posturing, they could have offered a genuine observation: Senator Clinton's voting record is not moderate, and neither is she."

Robert Alt, writing on "Immoderate Reporting," an August editorial from the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at www.ashbrook.org

Prime targets

"The snobbish anti-Americanism of the Manhattan and campus intelligentsia was one of my prime targets when I arrived on the scene with my first book in 1990. Since I'm the product of an immigrant family (my mother and all four grandparents were born in Italy), I have a very clear sense of America's freedoms and opportunities.

"And because my father and five uncles had fought in World War Two for the Allies against the Italian motherland, I've always had high regard for the military. Our national security is threatened by the failure of prestige universities to encourage or respect military careers. When our best and brightest expect a servant class to shed their blood in the nation's defense, we're starting to look like late imperial Rome.

"I loathe this trend of anointing partisan campaign consultants to host news shows. Hence two programs I used to watch ABC's 'This Week' and CNN's 'Crossfire' have dropped off the map for me. I wouldn't waste two seconds listening to that unctuous socialite, George Stephanopolous, or Paul Begala, a yapping mongoose with the ethical sense of a stone."

Camille Paglia, interviewed by Andrew Sullivan, Wednesday at wwww.andrewsullivan.com

Like begets liking

"In the 1990 movie 'Pretty Woman,' a penniless prostitute and a corporate mogul live happily ever after when they realize that true love knows no social status. It is a resplendent thought, but the demographic truth is that such rags-to-riches relationships are extraordinarily rare.

"No matter how we try to romanticize the power of a love that knows no boundaries, America's marriage trends show that we are a society segregated by social class. While it is true that the number of interracial and interfaith marriages has grown over the past decades such unions still constitute a small share of total U.S. nuptials. Interracial marriages make up just 3 percent of all unions, and even those, say researchers, are often between members of the same social class. The fact remains that Americans tend to marry people like themselves, especially when it comes to social rank. This tendency has become even more pronounced in the past 20 to 30 years, and many agree that it is unlikely to be reversed anytime soon.

"For instance, in 2000, 94 percent of married high school dropouts were wed to someone who was either a high school dropout themselves or had only a high school diploma, and 69 percent of married adults with advanced degrees were wed to someone with at least a bachelor's degree."

Rebecca Gardyn, writing on "The Mating Game," in the July/August issue of American Demographics

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