- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2005

Beats a pigeon

What better spot for West Virginian Hiram Lewis IV, an Iraq war veteran and Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer, to announce his candidacy against Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd than from the base of the Robert C. Byrd statue in the state’s Capitol rotunda?

“As an [Iraq] war vet, many of us are disappointed by Senator Byrd’s stance on the Iraq war,” Mr. Lewis said. “He called our service unconstitutional. His stance has encouraged the enemy and discouraged troop morale. You cannot say on one hand you support the troops and then say our service is unconstitutional. It is impossible to do both.”

Soros vs. Bolton

Accuracy in Media has unmasked convicted inside-trader George Soros and political activists committed to world government as leading the opposition to President Bush’s nomination of conservative John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Mr. Bolton’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearings, which started yesterday, are “the biggest battle over a nomination that we have seen in years,” notes AIM editor Cliff Kincaid. “But the Big Media have refused to identify the role of George Soros in orchestrating the opposition to Bolton.”

Soros spent $23 million trying to defeat President Bush for re-election.

Mr. Kincaid has identified the pro-world government World Federalist Association (WFA) as the group running TV ads and a Web site against Mr. Bolton. But the WFA, Mr. Kincaid says, now calls itself “Citizens for Global Solutions,” a more innocuous-sounding name, one might argue.

He’s also discovered that two other groups fighting Mr. Bolton’s nomination are linked to Soros, a billionaire currency speculator whose conviction for insider trading was recently upheld in France.

Fox and friends

Much reaction to our “rabid Fox” item yesterday, recalling newly elevated CNN President Jonathan Klein’s assessment to Charlie Rose of PBS that cable-TV news leader Fox News Channel is popular (more than double the number of prime-time viewers than his network) because its viewers are “mostly angry white men, and those men tend to be rabid.”

Our first letter happens to be from a Democrat.

“As long as Jonathan Klein continues to misunderstand the attraction of Fox News Channel, CNN will continue to lose viewers,” says Jane Johnson Stamey of Morganton, N.C.

“I am a 55-year-old, white female, college-educated and lifelong Democrat, and I watch Fox News a majority of the time. Though I still turn to CNN and MSNBC every once in a while, the obvious liberal bias becomes so tedious that I find I cannot tolerate it for very long,” she writes.

“I read more than I watch TV anyway, so I find that I am usually more well-informed than the so-called ‘reporters’ on CNN trying to manipulate the news to fit their bias. I guess Mr. Klein would consider me ‘rabid?’”

Ken Convoy writes: “‘And a quote-unquote progressive or liberal network probably couldn’t reach the same sort of an audience, because liberals tend to like to sample a lot of opinions,’ Mr. Klein continues.”

“Tell the truth: You made this up because it is so absurd.”

Finally, Thomas E. Smith states: “I’m old enough to remember reading the New York Times — and having printer’s ink smear off my finger onto the rotary dial of my phone. If the Washington Times didn’t carry your column, I wouldn’t have seen it or been able to e-mail it to my teenaged grandson. We like to joke about how the leftists like to call themselves ‘progressive’ when they are trying so hard to crank back the hands of historic time.”

Major shift

Former Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman, the third-ranking official in the State Department and one of the few to hold the rank of career ambassador during his 31 years in the Foreign Service, is moving into private quarters along with two senior Bush administration officials and a four-star Army general.

Joining Mr. Grossman at the Cohen Group of strategic consultants are Adm. James Loy, deputy secretary of Homeland Security and former head of the Transportation Security Administration and commandant of the Coast Guard; Gen. Paul Kern, head of the Army Material Command, who was tapped by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to head the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse investigation; and Frank Miller, the senior White House official responsible for advising President Bush on defense policy.

The Cohen Group was formed in 2001 by former senator and defense secretary William S. Cohen.

D.C. totem

This morning at the National Housing Center, Dave Wilson, president of the National Association of Home Builders, will be joined by Alaska Republican Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski, in accepting a hand-carved totem pole from the Alaska Home Builders Association.

The eight-foot totem will be unveiled by Alaskan sculptors Nathan Jackson and Dennis Mann of the Killer Whale Clan of the Chilkoot Tlingit, and stand permanently at the Center’s Washington office.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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