- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

Liberal ‘fear’

“It is now almost a weekly ritual: a member of the ossifying liberal establishment, looking very defeated and victimized, complains vaguely about some lost privilege. … All they mean is: The monopoly power liberals once enjoyed across the culture is now gone, and that the public should regard the left’s erosion of power as a great loss to the republic.

“Dan Rather has performed [last] week’s lament to an expiring liberal era. According to Reuters, he fought back tears [Sept. 19] as he spoke bitterly of a ‘new journalism order.’ …

“The ‘new journalism order,’ said Rather at Fordham, is defined by a climate of ‘fear.’ This is just another euphemism for the loss of liberal monopolistic power and emergence of conservative competition. By ‘fear,’ what he means is that liberal journalists who could once spread their propaganda without looking over their shoulders now have to.

“That Rather is fighting back tears these days is due to the shock of ending his career on a forgery ferreted out by the new journalistic order, and the unwillingness of CBS to back him up on the bogus report. As far as I know, he still hasn’t disclaimed the forgery; O.J.-like, he is apparently still in search of letters confirming the ‘core truth’ of his story.”

—George Neumayr, writing on “I Am Somebody,” Wednesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Goodbye, glamour

“Reports of Julia Roberts’ imminent retirement from motion pictures highlight one of Hollywood’s most painful and puzzling predicaments: the disappearance of glamorous females from all prominent lists of top stars.

“This phenomenon undoubtedly connects to pop culture’s odd determination to erase gender differences by casting leading ladies as muscular killing machines. …

“Box-office domination by male stars has become so total over the past few years that it’s easy to forget earlier eras when female sex goddesses ruled the industry. …

“More recently, movies seem to have shoved women toward a strategy of ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ in facing off against their macho rivals. In the two ‘Kill Bill’ movies, lithe, lovely Uma Thurman becomes a sadistic avenger who … uses Samurai swords to dismember more than 80 highly trained, male Ninja assassins.”

—Michael Medved, writing on “Leading ladies: More glamour, less grit,” Wednesday in USA Today


“Perhaps President Bush has inadvertently nominated a true conservative to the court with this Roberts fellow. I remain skeptical. …

“Also, I’m still steamed that Bush has now dashed my dreams of an all-black Supreme Court composed of eight more Clarence Thomases. Incidentally, eight more Clarence Thomases is the only form of human cloning I would ever support. …

“For Christians, it’s ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ For Republicans, it’s ‘What Would Reagan Do?’ Bush doesn’t have to be Reagan; he just has to consult his WWRD bracelet. If Bush had followed the WWRD guidelines, he would have nominated Antonin Scalia for the chief justiceship. …

“According to my WWRD wristwatch, it’s time for Bush to invade Grenada, bomb Libya, fire the air traffic controllers and joke about launching a first strike against the Soviet Union. In lieu of that, how about nominating a conservative to [Justice Sandra Day] O’Connor’s seat on the court? It would be a bold gesture.”

—Ann Coulter, writing on “What would Reagan do?” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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