- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 2, 2004

Hostile, hateful

PBS reporter Rachel Buchman has resigned from affiliate WHYY-FM in Philadelphia after a voice mail she left with a conservative activist group was made public.

“You’re evil, horrible people. You’re awful people. You represent horrible ideas. God hates you and He wants to kill your children. You should all burn,” she said in a breezy phone message to Virginia-based Laptoplobbyist.com over Thanksgiving.

The group posted an audio clip of her message at their Web site (www.laptoplobbyist.com/rachel.mp3), prompting both reporter and radio station to issue apologies Tuesday.

Miss Buchman became annoyed with the group after they sent advocacy messages to her personal e-mail account, including one opposing homosexual rights.

“I am sorry for the message. It was over the top. I apologize to anyone who I may have personally offended,” Miss Buchman said. “It was a personal matter that was turned into a public issue. Rather than call my journalistic integrity into question, I decided to resign for personal reasons.”

The group believes it’s part of a growing problem.

“The actions of some in the ‘old media’ transcend simple liberal bias and are actually hostile, hateful and vitriolic toward anything Christian, conservative and traditional,” noted director Christopher Carmouche.

“Conservatives will no longer tolerate the reporting of liberal vitriol as fact. We will not tolerate the Dan Rathers of the world spoon-feeding the public liberal propaganda,” he continued. “And we will call the ‘old media’ to account when they make their biases and bigotries obvious and deviate from commonly acceptable standards of journalism.”

HRC transition

The Human Rights Campaign says its president, Cheryl Jacques, has resigned over “a difference in management philosophy.”

“My priorities were to defeat the federal marriage amendment, expand the organization’s membership and fund raising capacity, increase our diversity and maintain a strong voice in the media,” Ms. Jacques said in a statement released by the HRC, the nation’s largest homosexual rights advocacy group.

These goals were met, HRC said, with the defeat of the marriage amendment in both chambers of Congress, a record $30 million HRC budget this year and membership exceeding 600,000.

“Cheryl has achieved a great deal as HRC president,” said Gwen Baba, co-chairwoman of the HRC board of directors. “We will miss her leadership and professionalism, but we understand her desire to move on to other challenges.”

Michael Berman, HRC board co-chairman and president of the Duberstein Group, and Hilary Rosen, former president of the Recording Industry Association of America, take over until a new HRC leader is found.

Homosexual activists with friends at HRC said the board ousted Ms. Jacques, a former Democratic state senator in Massachusetts, because it believed she was too partisan to helm the HRC in a Republican-dominated political world.

True support

The American thinker’s RussVaughn has advice for liberals when they consider Iraq.

“What I’m wholeheartedly for is the troops, and not in the sense that most liberal Americans profess to be, in that they believe they are demonstrating their support of the troops by calling for them to be brought home and removed from harm’s way,” Mr. Vaughn writes. “If that’s what you call supporting the troops, then take it from an old trooper who’s been there and done that, the troops don’t see you as supportive at all. They see you as undermining their mission, which is to go in harm’s way, with deliberate intent to prevail by force of arms.

“What the troops perceive as support is hearing you cheering not jeering when they are seriously kicking the butts of jihadi terrorists. So, on behalf of the troops you support, it’s with you peace-at-any-price liberals and your synergistic media pals that I have an ax to grind.”

Ooh-la-la

Google, the planet’s most popular Internet search engine, has tallied the most popular queries made in October. “Halloween” was tops in the United States, Britain, Canada, Sweden and Brazil while “Britney Spears” and “SpongeBob” reigned in the Netherlands.

The Germans craved “Telefonbuch” and the Spanish “Marca.”

And the French? Their most popular query was “France.”

Queries, Part 2

An analysis released yesterday by Merriam-Webster, the Massachusetts-based dictionary publishers, reveals a public preoccupation with politics and news events.

The most looked-up word in the company’s online dictionary service was blog, followed by incumbent, electoral, insurgent, hurricane, cicada, partisan, sovereignty and defenestration.

Merriam-Webster President John Morse credited “the election cycle” for the phenomenon.

Corzine is in

Sen. Jon Corzine called New Jersey’s 21 Democratic county chairmen yesterday, telling them that he will run for governor, party sources told the Associated Press.

He will make his official announcement today.

A first-term senator, Mr. Corzine has been mentioned as a gubernatorial contender since August when Gov. James E. McGreevey announced, “I am a gay American,” and said he would resign by mid-November.

Mr. Corzine, 57, is the first Democrat to enter the race. Other potential Democratic candidates include acting Gov. Richard Codey and Rep. Robert E. Andrews. Seven Republicans already are competing for the GOP nomination, including Doug Forrester, a businessman who ran unsuccessfully in 2002 against Democrat Frank R. Lautenberg for the Senate, and former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler, whom Mr. McGreevey defeated in 2001.

Moderate president?

“After weeks of trying to convince Americans that President Bush plans to use the next four years to sprint to the right, they now claim that he’s battling the right in efforts to reform the nation’s intelligence system,” Ruben Navarette noted in the Dallas Morning News yesterday.

“Which is it? Is Bush: (A) an extreme right-winger at heart who can’t wait to paint the country red; or (B) a moderate who sometimes goes head-to-head with extremists in his own party?

“The correct answer is (B). If you got that wrong, chances are you live in a blue state and believe John Kerry would have made a great president. You probably also think that Bush has a secret plan to take away a woman’s right to choose an abortion, bring prayer back into the schools and placate the religious right in any way possible.

“Don’t believe a word of it. The truth is that Bush gets a bad rap and that he is actually — at heart — much more of a middle-of-the-road kind of guy than he is given credit for being. I’m surprised that so many people, particularly in the media, seem to miss that.”

Contact Jennifer Harper at 202/636-3085 or jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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