- The Washington Times - Friday, December 20, 2002

Bob Herbert's hand

Here's the New York Times' resident black columnist, Bob Herbert, describing Ward Connerly, the extraordinary campaigner against affirmative action:

"And then there's Ward Connerly, a black man who spends his days dancing passionately to the tune of the anti-affirmative-action zealots. Some of the folks in that crowd are less than progressive when it comes to race relations, and it looks as if Mr. Connerly, who heads the ironically named American Civil Rights Coalition, has decided to shimmy with the worst of their beliefs."

Hmm. A black man "dancing passionately to the tune" of others? A black man "shimmying"? A black man completely passive in his own life and fate. The metaphors conjure up images of a tamed, feminized black man, unable to think or act for himself. Funny, isn't it, how the high priests of anti-racism often cannot resist the cheap racial slurs they deplore in others. But you've got to enforce ideological uniformity on minorities, don't you? You can't have them actually thinking for themselves.

Eminem a Republican?

Not so big a stretch in some ways. Gerry Marzorati made the case well in Slate this week:

"So, does Eminem get to do the Super Bowl halftime show? I mean, what's left besides a White House drop-by? Which might not be all that far-fetched, given the warmth of the mainstream's embrace of Mr. Mathers. There are precedents: Gun-toting Elvis' visit with Nixon, Michael Jackson's photo op with Reagan. And the Eminem story or the movie version that unfolded in '8 Mile' is an echt Republican story, one about pulling yourself up and overcoming your circumstances while your pathetic single mom waits around for a handout."

I too was struck by the ferocious individualism of the movie, "8 Mile." Yes, Eminem's friends were crucial. But the message of the story was that you have to escape from hell by yourself. Any other way is somehow inauthentic. And that rough independence is another reason why I find Eminem so appealing and intoxicating: post-racial Americanism, if you will. You only have to see the movie to see why someone like Trent Lott is just hopelessly lost in contemporary culture. Jesse Jackson, too.

Inaccuracy in media

What to make of an article just published by the outfit known as Accuracy In Media? It's a rant designed to argue that there is no fundamental difference between child-abuse and homosexuality. Here's the money paragraph, criticizing a recent CBS report on signs that the Vatican may soon ban even celibate gay priests from its ranks:

"The expert who was missing from the CBS News report was Dr. Timothy Daily of the Family Research Council, who has written about a definite link between homosexuality and child abuse. He says, "Despite efforts by homosexual activists to distance the gay lifestyle from pedophilia, there remains a disturbing connection between the two. This is because, by definition, male homosexuals are sexually attracted to other males. While many homosexuals may not seek young sexual partners, the evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners." Daily notes that the homosexual movement accepts pedophilia. The North American Man-Boy Love Association, NAMBLA, has been a proud member of the so-called "gay rights" movement, and pedophile themes abound in gay literature."

Notice the sly and utterly unsubstantiated claim that "the evidence" suggests disproportionate gay interest in child abuse. What evidence? Notice the simple error of fact: "the homosexual movement accepts pedophilia." No major gay organization, group, journal or magazine does any such thing. NAMBLA has been banned from gay marches across the country and is reviled by every gay activist I know. And a group that merrily publishes such incendiary calumny calls itself Accuracy in Media? I'd say its reputation just took a severe battering from within.

Best NYT correction yet

I'm sorry, but this one is straight out of Monty Python: "An article on Nov. 10 about animal rights referred erroneously to an island in the Indian Ocean and to events there involving goats and endangered giant sea sparrows that could possibly lead to the killing of goats by environmental groups. Wrightson Island does not exist; both the island and the events are hypothetical figments from a book (also mentioned in the article), 'Beginning Again,' by David Ehrenfeld. No giant sea sparrow is known to be endangered by the eating habits of goats." Well, that's a relief.

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