- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2006

Nobles: David Dingman-Grover, the 11-year-old who, after a nearly three-year battle, finally slew the monster.

Who else in the fourth grade can say they killed Frankenstein? No one except David, whose ordeal with brain cancer appeared to reach a miraculous end this week when doctors issued him a clean bill of health. So where does the monster fit in?

When he was diagnosed in 2003, David named the grapefruit-sized tumor at the base of his skull “Frank,” after the infamous monster. Personifying his nemesis probably helped David, who lives in Sterling, understand what was happening, but it also gave his mother, Tiffini, an idea. She started an auction on eBay where buyers could bid on a bumper sticker that declared “Frank Must Die.” Mrs. Dingman-Grover hoped to generate enough money to pay for the brain surgery that would save David’s life.

Her fund-raising campaign caught the attention of the national media and also a doctor in Los Angeles who offered to perform the surgery free of charge. The operation went well, but Frank couldn’t be declared dead quite yet. Then, just this week, came the good news.

“As best as we can tell today, a year out [of surgery], he is free of his monster,” said Dr. Hrayr Shahinian of the Skull Base Institute in Los Angeles.

Frank is dead, long live David, this week’s Noble.

Knaves: The New York Times, for never letting facts get in the way of its agenda.

As the “paper of record,” the New York Times has a hard time getting the record straight. Here’s a correction it ran Thursday:

“A front-page article in some copies on Sunday reported that [I. Lewis Libby] said he had been authorized to disclose to a reporter that one of the key judgments in a 2002 National Intelligence Estimate was that Iraq was ‘vigorously trying to procure uranium.’… Yesterday, [special prosecutor Patrick] Fitzgerald filed a letter with the court correcting his original filing to say Mr. Libby had been authorized to disclose ‘some of the key judgments of the N.I.E., and that the N.I.E. stated that Iraq was vigorously trying to procure uranium.’ This revised account of his filing undercut the basis of the Times — that Mr. Libby testified that he had been told to overstate the significance of the intelligence about uranium. Although Mr. Fitzgerald formally filed his corrective yesterday, accounts were provided to some news organizations on Tuesday night, and were the basis for news articles yesterday. The Times did not publish one, as other organizations did, because a telephone message and an e-mail message about the court filing went unnoticed at the newspaper.” And isn’t that always the case? “An article on the filing appears today, on Page A17.”

Page A17, huh?

For doing its best to hide its record, the New York Times is the Knave of the week.

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