- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2005

No justice

“Maureen Dowd’s book ‘Are Men Necessary?’ racked up disappointing first-week sales — barely over 10,000 copies. …

“What went wrong? …

“Dowd declared that while feminism lasted only a nanosecond, the backlash has gone on for 40 years with ‘American narcissism’ trumping ‘American feminism.’ Dowd’s personal bitterness is palpable. She thinks that feminism has ‘curdled’; that the promise of a ‘womanly life’ that wouldn’t revolve around men ‘never quite materialized.’ She alone saw things clearly and charted her own path. …

“Alas, men can’t handle a strong woman so, in her early 50s, she is still single; there is no justice in the world. Dowd subscribes to the men-want-to-marry-their-secretaries school; women, she thinks, are penalized when they are too independent and strong.”



— Janice Shaw Crouse, writing on “Dowd Declares Feminism’s Defeat,” Wednesday in Beverly LaHaye Institute commentary at www.cwfa.org

Allies and enemies

“What is most disheartening about the assault on the Christian right, and evangelical groups, is that these groups are often the best allies that Jews find in support of the state of Israel. But of course, in the case of Reform Jews, it is not so clear how much support there actually is for Israel among the rabbinate and the membership. …

“Nonetheless, the recent Reform biennial conference passed a resolution on the divestment campaign by Protestant churches directed against Israel. The [Anti-Defamation League] has also worked to counter this divestment effort. But the Protestant churches that are pushing divestment are not the evangelical churches or the Christian right. … Divestment efforts are coming from the liberal mainline Protestant churches, whose social action agenda has a heavy overlap with that of the ADL and the Reform movement. …

“The fact that the leaders of these liberal Jewish groups still seek rapprochement with the very liberal churches which are trying to undermine Israel, and use the most extreme and contemptuous language to describe their supposed enemies on the Christian right, including many who are heavily committed to Israel’s defense and survival, says something about what really matters to these pillars of the liberal Jewish establishment.”

— Richard Baehr, writing on “Megalomania in the Liberal Jewish Establishment,” Nov. 22 in the American Thinker at www.americanthinker.com

Forgotten men

“[During his final broadcast as host of ABC’s ‘Nightline,’ Ted] Koppel’s tone sharpened a bit as he delivered a direct address to his audience. …

“Koppel stressed his place in an ever-ebbing and flowing ocean of news anchors: ‘Cronkite begat Rather, Chancellor begat Brokaw, Reynolds begat Jennings. And each of them did a pretty fair job in his own right. He described a test he often gives to new “Nightline” interns,’ asking them to identify names like Eric Sevareid, Chet Huntley, or John Chancellor, only to be met with ‘blank stares.’ Koppel then reminds the young whippersnappers that, in their day, each of these men were once so famous that ‘everybody in the country knew their names. Everybody.’ …

“Koppel ruefully acknowledged that he hadn’t given his usual quiz to ‘this last batch’ of incoming interns, because numbering himself among the ranks of the soon-to-be-forgotten hit a little too close to home.”

— Dana Stevens, writing on “Say Good Night, ‘Nightline,’” Wednesday in Slate at www.slate.com

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