- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2002

Enforcing conformity
"Editors of The New York Times killed a column by Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Anderson that disagreed with an editorial about Tiger Woods and Augusta National's refusal to admit women as members," the New York Daily News reports.
"A column by sportswriter Harvey Araton also was zapped, sources said, because it differed with the paper's editorial opinion about the golf club standoff," reporter Paul D. Colford writes.
"The moves came amid extensive coverage of the Georgia club under former editorial page editor Howell Raines, who's called for high-impact stories since becoming executive editor last year.
"'That's right, my column didn't run," Anderson told the Daily News [Tuesday]. 'It was decided by the editors that we should not argue with the editorial page.'
"A Nov. 18 editorial said Woods 'could simply choose to stay home in April,' instead of competing at the Masters. 'And a tournament without Mr. Woods would send a powerful message that discrimination isn't good for the golfing business.'
"Anderson recalled he wrote a column afterward saying, as he put it [Tuesday] night, 'let Tiger play golf. It's not his fight, or any golfer's fight.'
"According to Anderson, sports editor Neil Amdur told him the column wouldn't run.
"'Amdur had taken the column to [managing editor] Gerald Boyd. He wasn't quoting Gerald, but he said the editors didn't like us arguing with the editorial page.'
"Anderson said he was disappointed, 'but that's where I work. That's their decision.'
"It was said that Araton's column focused on the dispute between Augusta National chairman William (Hootie) Johnson and Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations on allowing women to join to exclusive club.
"Araton is believed to have written women face bigger issues than whether they can become members of a ritzy golf club.
"The Times editors' decisions reinforce a growing sense in journalistic circles that the paper under Raines looks for conformity in its news and opinion columns."

Twisting Scripture
Concerned Women for America railed this week against "shameful" holiday cards sold by Planned Parenthood that read, "Choice on Earth," instead of "Peace on Earth," saying the cards were offensive to Christians.
"Planned Parenthood, a giant organization that receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars, has chosen to profit from a day sacred to Christians by offending them," said Wendy Wright, senior policy director for CWA. "The group twists a well-known Scripture in which God offers peace on Earth not abortion through the birth of His Son Jesus Christ."
The front of the holiday card reads "Choice on Earth," the inside message reads "Warmest wishes for a peaceful holiday season" and the back reads "Planned Parenthood."
Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, defended the cards in a Nov. 26 letter to Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, saying the cards have been sent to supporters for almost a decade and represent "a popular sentiment that expresses some of the highest values of our democratic society: respect for diversity, without which there can be no peace, for example."
She called the anti-Christianity claims "absurd" and said they were made by a group "whose sole mission is to prevent us from providing health care ."
Mr. O'Reilly has discussed the topic recently on "The O'Reilly Factor" with Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women.
Miss Wright said the cards should prompt Congress to take a hard look at funding Planned Parenthood, saying the group's "marketing of its contempt for religion reveals it does not need nor deserve taxpayers footing its bills."

Perjury unneeded
A judge has ruled that Bill Clinton does not have to provide sworn testimony in a libel lawsuit that a librarian filed over the way she claims she was portrayed in "Primary Colors," a fictionalized account of the 1992 presidential campaign, the Associated Press reports.
State Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun said the librarian, Daria Carter-Clark, had not shown that the ex-president "has anything particularly useful to provide." The judge also noted, in the decision made public yesterday, that Mr. Clinton said he recalls little about the 1991 event at which he met her.
Mrs. Carter-Clark sued author Joe Klein and his publisher, Random House, for $100 million. The liaison in "Primary Colors" occurs between a librarian, Miss Baum, and a Southern governor, Jack Stanton, when he visits her library's adult literacy program during his presidential campaign.
In her lawsuit, Mrs. Carter-Clark, who runs an adult literacy program, said Mr. Clinton visited her Harlem library branch in 1991 while he was governor of Arkansas and running in the Democratic presidential primaries, but that no liaison took place.

Aiding and abetting
"Nothing pleases liberal journalists more than the inevitable defection of an 'insider' from a conservative administration," George Neumayr writes at www.americanprowler.org.
John DiIulio, the former head of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, gave an interview with Esquire magazine that, Mr. Neumayr says "gives liberals a handy weapon against George Bush's 'compassionate conservatism.' We can now expect to hear the Eleanor Clifts of the press begin their attacks, 'As John DiIulio says '
"But how revealing are his remarks? A Democrat who voted for Al Gore, DiIulio essentially criticizes the Bush administration for not adopting his centrist Democratic mindset. He is upset that the Bush White House doesn't operate like the Brookings Institution.
"For DiIulio, though he doesn't state it, thinking within Big-Government assumptions is 'policy,' while thinking outside those assumptions is mere ideology. Hence Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and George Bush can never be policy wonks because they don't agree with Big-Government policy. But what is so disturbing about that?"

Seeing her ante
A day after Sen. Mary L. Landrieu collected the endorsement of former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Lindy Boggs, a Democrat who was also a former congresswoman from New Orleans, Mrs. Landrieu's opponent responded with her own ambassadorial endorsement.
Raymond Flynn, the Democratic mayor of Boston before serving as ambassador to the Vatican under President Clinton from 1993 to 1997, said Suzanne Haik Terrell, Mrs. Landrieu's Republican opponent, carries the pro-life banner in the race.
"There is only one pro-life candidate in the race: Suzanne Terrell. She has pledged unequivocally to protect innocent human life from conception until natural death," Mr. Flynn said in a statement yesterday.
He also said the "pro-life cause transcends political parties or labels. … I especially urge pro-life Democrats to vote for Mrs. Terrell, the only pro-life candidate in the race."
Both candidates are Catholics, and in Louisiana, with its heavily Catholic population in the south and conservative Protestant population in the north, candidates spar to prove their pro-life credentials. The Boggs endorsement for Mrs. Landrieu was hailed as an important step for her to counter charges that the one-term senator has waffled on abortion.
In her endorsement Tuesday, Mrs. Boggs called Mrs. Landrieu "an independent voice putting Louisiana ahead of partisan politics."

Kerry makes it official
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts yesterday filed papers to open an exploratory committee the first step in a potential run for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.
With the creation of John Kerry for President Inc., Mr. Kerry can start raising money to pay for travel around the country and gauge voter support.
"We're going to build a grass-roots organization of Americans who love their country and want to make it stronger," Mr. Kerry said in a statement. "I believe Americans want a better, different kind of politics, and I begin this exploratory effort optimistic."

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