- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Hate speech
Left-wing crooner Harry Belafonte, who not long ago referred to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell as a "house slave" of the Bush administration, continues to lash out at Mr. Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice for daring to be Republicans.
Speaking at a Martin Luther King celebration at a Chicago church on Sunday, Mr. Belafonte said of Mr. Powell and Miss Rice: "In fact and practice you are serving those who continue to design our oppression. That is villainy, and I insist you look at it."
Last year, when Mr. Belafonte made his "slave" remarks about Mr. Powell, no liberal civil rights leader or Democratic official stepped forward to rebuke the 75-year-old admirer of Fidel Castro. Not only that, but Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, even said he agreed with Mr. Belafonte.
Bush stands by Snow
President Bush's nominee for Treasury secretary, John W. Snow, was arrested for drunken driving in 1982 and was involved in a child-support dispute with his ex-wife, according to information released late last night by the Senate committee handling his nomination.
The Bush administration learned about both issues as part of its vetting process and informed the Senate, White House officials told the Associated Press. Mr. Bush stands by his nominee, Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said.
"It's not relevant to his duties. We support him," Mr. Fleischer said.
The revelations came as part of a questionnaire the Senate Finance Committee made public last night. The committee said it would hold a hearing on the Snow nomination on Tuesday.
Reached late last night, Snow spokesman Dan Murphy said his boss would have no further response, calling the matters "a personal issue."
Mr. Snow's answers on the questionnaire said the prosecutors in West Valley City, Utah, "voluntarily dismissed the [DUI] charge before trial" and he never was convicted. Mr. Snow paid a fine on another traffic-related charge.
Schumer's behavior
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, continues to depict Judge Charles W. Pickering known in his home state of Mississippi as a racial healer and courageous foe of the Ku Klux Klan as a vicious racist.
President Bush has renominated Judge Pickering to a federal appeals court even though Democrats on the Judiciary Committee killed his nomination last year at the behest of far-left groups such as People for the American Way.
"This is a wink to those who still feel in Mississippi and elsewhere that the '50s and '60s were the good old days," Mr. Schumer said of Judge Pickering.
"This is the Southern strategy the Nixon Southern strategy back in the White House, and I don't care how many photo opportunities in inner-city schools our president goes to, he's got to change his actions."
Ironically, Mr. Schumer made his remarks at the headquarters of racial provocateur Al Sharpton's National Action Network in New York City. Mr. Sharpton, a Democratic presidential candidate, has agitated to keep nonblack-owned businesses out of Harlem.
Not fit to print
It was not the New York Times but the liberal Web site Salon (www.salon.com) that took notice of the "creative energy" that went into attacking the Bush administration at Saturday's anti-war march, Andrew Sullivan observes.
Among the posters brandished by the crowd, Salon spotted one depicting President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney and top administration officials as Nazis. The poster labeled Mr. Cheney "The Fuhrer, Already in His Bunker," while Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was "House Negro Fakes Left, Moves Right," and White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was "Minister of Dis-info Ari Goebbels."
Mr. Sullivan, who writes a weekly column for The Washington Times, noted on his Web site (www.andrewsullivan.com) that most in the media have ignored the extremist roots of the anti-war protests. Saturday's march was organized by International ANSWER, affiliated with a Marxist splinter group, the Workers World Party.
"A few readers have complained that by fixating on the extremes, I'm misrepresenting the marchers. The trouble is: the extremes organized the march," Mr. Sullivan said. "Can you imagine if a massive gay rights rally had been organized by NAMBLA, the pedophile group? But NAMBLA is to gay rights what ANSWER is to legitimate anti-war sentiment. And no-one in the liberal establishment seems to care."
Bias? What bias?
CBS newswoman Lesley Stahl, interviewed by Cal Thomas on his Fox News Channel program "After Hours," not only scoffed at the concept of liberal bias at the broadcast networks, but said that "today you have broadcast journalists who are avowedly conservative" and that the voices being heard on the networks "are far more likely to be on the right."
That's when Mr. Thomas pounced, the Media Research Center reports at www.mediaresearch.org. "Can you name a conservative journalist at CBS News?" he asked, a question that stumped Mrs. Stahl.
"Well, I don't know of anybody's political bias at CBS News," she said, appearing flummoxed.
"I really think we try very hard to get any opinion that we have out of our stories," she added. "And most of our stories are balanced, and there are standards that say they need to be balanced. So if you have one side, you try to get the other side. And I'm not saying we don't have opinions, but I'm saying we try to cleanse our stories of them."
The Fox News Channel program is broadcast at 11 p.m. EST on Saturdays.
Reno's reply
Janet Reno said yesterday she is not considering a run for Sen. Bob Graham's job if he decides to run for president in 2004. She wouldn't speculate on whether the Democratic Party could change her mind.
"I have no present plans to run for office," the former attorney general said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. "The party hasn't asked me."
Asked if the party could convince her to change her mind, Miss Reno simply repeated: "I have no present plans to run for office."
She had said last week that she was not ruling out a run for the Senate seat if Mr. Graham decides to run for the White House.
Mr. Graham said Monday he was two to three weeks away from deciding whether to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He said he has interviewed two or three potential campaign managers.
Taxing Nevada
Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn announced Monday he would seek nearly $1 billion in new taxes in the biggest increase in Nevada's history.
The plan revealed in the Republican governor's State of the State address will likely face stiff opposition in the Legislature, where a two-thirds vote is necessary, but Mr. Guinn said trying to block it would amount to "political cowardice," the Associated Press reports.
"The legacy of once again running from our duty as leaders will produce a devastating effect on every single Nevadan," Mr. Guinn said.
Without new funds, Mr. Guinn said, seniors would lose nursing home care and affordable medicine, students from kindergarten to college would suffer, and children would lose health insurance.
The governor estimates that without new taxes, the state faces a $700 million shortfall just for maintaining services at their current levels.
Engler's new job
Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, who left office this month after 12 years on the job, said Monday he has accepted an executive position with computer services giant Electronic Data Services Corp., the Associated Press reports.
Mr. Engler, 54, will serve as a vice president in the government-services division of Plano, Texas-based EDS. The Republican left office because of term limits.

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