- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 2, 2002

Noble: Animator Chuck Jones, for a career that gave the gift of laughter to generations of children.
Saturday morning lost its best friend when Mr. Jones passed away last Friday, Feb. 22. So did dentists, since for so many kids, a weekend simply wasn't a weekend unless hours were spent sucking down sugar-coated cereal and simultaneously gasping with laughter at the antics of the cartoon characters in Mr. Jones' menagerie the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd.
Children simply had to know what that wascally wabbit would be up to next, whether or not Wile E. Coyote's rocket-powered roller skates or another improbable gadget from Acme Products would finally enable him to catch the Road Runner, and when Daffy Duck would next find someone "simply despicable."
The 300-plus animated films Mr. Jones directed during his 60-year career earned him four Oscars, but he probably deserved more. After all, Mr. Jones' works include classics such as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the mini-Wagnerian epic "What's Opera, Doc?"
But the true tribute will continue to come from the giggles of children like the one who, when told that Mr. Jones drew Bugs Bunny, replied, "He doesn't draw Bugs Bunny. He draws pictures of Bugs Bunny."

Knave: Aaron Sorkin, for a cartoonish interview that should give the gift of clarity to millions of "West Wing" watchers.
Perhaps Mr. Sorkin was still under the influence of the hallucinogenic mushrooms and rock cocaine he was caught trying to carry through Burbank Airport last April. Or maybe he mishandled an Acme Products do-it-yourself tornado kit.
Either would explain his contentious, confusing interview with the New Yorker magazine, in which he suggested that President Bush was a "bubblehead" even though he claimed to support him "one hundred percent" and that the Tom Brokaw-hosted TV special "Inside the Real West Wing" was "a valentine" to Mr. Bush.
Most remarkable was Mr. Sorkin's contention that "The West Wing" is "a completely fictional, nonpolitical show." In his next sentence, he proclaimed that the series would soon "rerun the last election and try a few different plays than the Gore campaign did."
Mr. Sorkin's liberal president will undoubtedly win both the hearts and votes of the good little progressives who populate the world of "The West Wing." But while Mr. Sorkin's show is expertly crafted, it is no more than a cartoonish fantasy in which the world works the way liberals would like it to.
Conservatives know better: Anvils fall, shotguns miss, and even well-designed campaigns of progressive coyotes don't provide dinner for everyone.

CORRECTION: Steven C. Munson, the author of yesterday's op-ed titled "Censorship not VOA's issue" was misidentified. He is the director of policy in the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau. The Washington Times regrets the error.

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