- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 25, 2004

‘Sob story’

“Peter Chernin, who runs 20th Century Fox, as well as other Hollywood moguls are shocked and dismayed that pirates of the Internet are bootlegging their blockbuster films even before they hit the big screen. In an interview with Leslie Stahl of ‘60 Minutes,’ Chernin lamented, ‘I think they know it’s stealing, and I don’t think they think it’s wrong.’ …

“So why do I find this Hollywood sob story almost laughable?

“For decades, the Hollywood elite and its industry have led the charge in moral depravity. They blur the lines between right and wrong better than anybody on issues of sex, violence and abuse. They promote and celebrate decadence of every kind, packaging the most obscene behavior like prostitution into movies like ‘Pretty Woman.’

“So now the decadence has at long last turned without remorse on the very industry that helped create this culture of moral depravity. And they’re crying ‘foul’? …

“All I have to say is ‘you reap what you sow.’”

—Kelly Hollowell, writing on “Hollywood reaps what it sows,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Oh, please

“Governor James E. McGreevey is taking his place in the long line of powerful men who trip over their zippers: Bill Clinton, Gary Hart, Bob Packwood, Wilbur Mills, and oh so many others. Men falling from power because of illicit sex: It’s an irresistible American trope. Men with outsized appetites for power — politicians — often seem to have outsized appetites for sex as well. …

“And yet the punditocracy is going to get it wrong, casting McGreevey’s resignation not in this lineage of male sexual hypocrisy, but as part of the new debate over lesbian and gay rights. McGreevey was hoping for exactly that when he announced, ‘My truth is that I am a gay American.’

“The Human Rights Campaign quickly echoed that line, when its spokesperson, Steven Fisher, said, ‘Coming out is a deeply personal journey, and Gov. McGreevey today showed enormous courage.’ Oh, please. Do we really have to line up behind this guy? If the gay and lesbian scuttlebutt is to be believed, McGreevey had a boyfriend even before he married his second and current wife. …

“Gays and lesbians should leave this guy dangling on his self-constructed gallows.”

< /> —E.J. Graff, writing on “Broken Vows,” Aug. 13 in the New Republic Online at www.tnr.com


“A glimpse of what a splintering of America into English- and Spanish-speaking camps might look like can be found in current-day Miami. Since the 1960s, first Cuban and then other Latin American immigrants have converted Miami from a fairly normal American city into a heavily Hispanic city. By 2000, Spanish was not just the language spoken in most homes in Miami, it was also the principal language of commerce, business, and politics. The local media and communications are increasingly Hispanic. …

“The changing linguistic and ethnic makeup of Miami is reflected in the recent history of the Miami Herald, one of the most respected papers in the United States. … Between 1960 and 1989, the percentage of Miami households reading the Herald fell from 80 percent to 40 percent. Eventually, the Herald had to set up a separate Spanish paper, El Nuevo Herald.”

Samuel Huntington, writing on “Out of One Nation, Many,” in the September issue of the American Enterprise

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