- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2005

Nobles: Ike Boutwell, for reminding a certain celebrity that actions have consequences.

Forgive and forget, right? In her recently published autobiography, Jane Fonda says that she regrets sitting on that North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun back in her younger days. It is just the latest is a series of “apologies” the actress has issued since becoming a little older, if not much wiser. Her book also nicely coincided with the release of her new movie, “Monster-in-Law” — a film heralded as much for Miss Fonda’s performance as for her return to the screen. Before this week’s release of the sixth “Star Wars,” “Monster-in-Law” was the No. 1 movie in America.

But folks in Hardin County, Ky., will have to travel a little farther afield should they want to see it. That’s because Mr. Boutwell, who owns both movie theaters in Hardin and trained pilots during the Vietnam War, has chosen not to show Miss Fonda’s new movie. This isn’t a first-time deal for Mr. Boutwell, either. He banned Miss Fonda’s last movie, “Stanley and Iris,” in 1990.

According to the Hardin County News-Enterprise, a sign hanging outside both theaters reads: “No Jane Fonda movie in this theater.” Below the signs, he has posted the infamous 1972 photographs of Miss Fonda consorting with America’s enemies.

For honoring the fallen through his own form of protest, Mr. Boutwell is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: Those in the Western media who continually disregard the safety of U.S. troops.

It doesn’t matter very much if Newsweek filed an accurate report of U.S. interrogators flushing a copy of the Koran down the toilet in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to intimidate detainees. The story sparked a firestorm of protest in Afghanistan last weekend and contributed to the deaths of several protesters. More importantly, the report has further endangered hard-working Americans trying to lift that portion of the world out of chaos.

It also doesn’t matter much if the Sun, a daily tabloid in England that published near-naked photographs of Saddam Hussein Friday, knew if the pictures were over a year old, as some have speculated. The pictures play into the sentiment around the Arab world that the United States treats prisoners like animals.

Taken together, these two gross lapses in journalistic judgment display a flagrant indifference to the well-being of thousands of Western servicemen stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. government has been working for over a year to remedy the public-relations catastrophe that resulted from the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal. In just under a week, these efforts have been nearly dashed. And for what? To sell issues and criticize the Bush administration. Is it too much to ask for a little discretion?

For washing their hands of any responsibility, Newsweek and the Sun are the Knaves of the week.

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