- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Prime-time Clinton

"Everyone's got an idea for what [a Bill Clinton TV talk show] should be called: 'The XXX-Files,' et cetera.

"Amidst all the tittering, there's also a lot of outrage. How dare he!

"Now, I'm one of those guys who normally thinks there can never be enough outrage over Clinton. But I don't get it. I think it would be a wonderful thing for Bill Clinton to get a TV show.

"[W]hat I'm talking about is if you're serious in your Clinton-hating. If you really think he was a white-trash messiah preening at his own reflection in a pool of fried-chicken grease then why wouldn't you want him to be on TV all the time?"

Jonah Goldberg, writing on "Give Billy His TV Show," Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com


"Two 'Star Wars' fans in Seattle have been living in a 10-foot-by-20-foot tent in the parking lot of a Seattle theater since Jan. 1, waiting for the May 16 opening of 'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.' If they make it to opening day, an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records awaits them for the longest wait in line for a movie.

"Granted, some rabid fans are doing it out of sheer ostentatious devotion. But for others, the lines can be sidewalk-borne mini-MBA programs for aspiring film promoters conducting an intensive study in guerrilla advertising and Internet marketing techniques.

"Countingdown.com sponsored the watershed of 'Star Wars' lines, the one outside Mann's theater in Hollywood in 1999 for 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.' Lincoln Gasking, Phillip Nakov and Tim Doyle created the site after meeting on a 'Titanic' message board, where they cooked up the idea of a film Web site that would cater to fan anticipation of upcoming films. After promoting 'Titanic' on Countingdown.com, they decided to try for a multiweek line-sit for 'The Phantom Menace.'

"The hard work put in by Gasking, Nakov, and Doyle paid off: During June of 2000, their Web site was acquired by a subsidiary of DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment. They would now be paid to promote DreamWorks and Imagine properties."

Andrew Vontz, writing on "Studio Stormtroopers," Monday in Slate at www.slate.com

Campus 'diversity'

"As the 2000 election made plain, the United States is pretty evenly divided between conservatives and liberals. Yet conservative scholars have effectively been marginalized, silenced, and rendered invisible on most campuses.

"In 1998, when a reporter surveyed the humanities and social sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he found that of 190 professors with party affiliations, 184 were Democrats.

"A 1999 survey of history departments found 22 Democrats and 2 Republicans at Stanford. At Cornell and Dartmouth, there were no Republicans.

"Campus talks by 'politically incorrect' speakers happen rarely; visits are resisted and almost never internally funded. When Camille Paglia, Andrew Sullivan, David Horowitz or Linda Chavez do appear at a college, they are routinely heckled and sometimes threatened. The academy is now so inhospitable to free expression that conservatives buy advertisements in student newspapers. But most school newspapers won't print them. And papers that do are sometimes vandalized and the editors threatened."

Christina Hoff Sommers, writing on "For more balance on campus," Monday in the Christian Science Monitor

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