- The Washington Times - Friday, May 27, 2005

N obles: The Herald News 2005 Model Congress, for passing a legislative agenda the real Congress should consider.

On Monday, members of the Herald News Model Congress ended their second session in Wayne, N.J., having passed smart bills that reaffirm our faith in the nation’s youth. The Model Congress is made up of high-school students from across the state and designed to teach students how government actually works. There is a House and Senate with six committees each, ranging from finance to judiciary. Faculty advisers assigned the student legislators to their parties and committees, loosely following Congress’ Republican majority.

The students ended the session after passing what could be considered a conservative agenda: funding for adult stem-cell research and a cap on money on malpractice awards, reports the Herald News. A bill that would have abolished the Electoral College failed, as did a bill that would have distributed electoral votes on the breakdown of the popular vote. It’s good to see that the Founding Fathers’ vision is alive and well in the public schools of New Jersey.

For being a model the Congress should follow, the student legislators of the Herald News Model Congress are the Nobles of the week.

Knaves: Newspaper Guild President Linda Foley, for reviving a false — and very damaging — theory.

Miss Foley, meet former CNN executive Eason Jordan. At a May 13 meeting in St. Louis of the Newspaper Guild, Miss Foley said, “Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or politically. They are also being targeted for real in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there’s not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq.” Ah, yes — where’s the outrage? Perhaps it’s because there is no evidence that the military is intentionally targeting journalists.

Miss Foley obviously doesn’t remember Mr. Jordan, who put forward the same notion at a conference in Switzerland. The ensuing controversy cost Mr. Jordan his job at CNN. Will a similar fate befall her?

Miss Foley has gone well beyond the boundary crossed by Mr. Jordan. Last month, she sent a letter to the White House calling upon it to pursue the “worldwide speculation that the U.S. military targets journalists and the media.” The burden of proof rests on those peddling such ridiculous theories.

For further endangering U.S. troops, Miss Foley is the Knave of the week.

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