- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2006

‘Illiberal liberals’

“When the editors of the Carrollton Record, a student-run conservative newspaper at Johns Hopkins University, published a story about how tuition dollars had paid for pornography, they were hoping for a controversy that would spark an increase in readership. On May 17, the day after they distributed the issue, all of the copies in the dormitories had in fact been picked up — but not because fellow students had taken them; they had, instead, been seized by the university administration. …

“Conservative student journalists are all too familiar with having their work stolen, and sometimes destroyed, by illiberal liberals. What makes this case different, however, is that it directly involves administration officials. It wasn’t a bunch of hippie wannabes wearing Che T-shirts preventing distribution of the issue — it was professional education bureaucrats. …

“The story criticized the university for allocating tuition dollars to the Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA), which hosted transgendered porn director Chi Chi LaRue as a campus speaker this past spring. LaRue delivered a provocative speech and distributed free pornographic DVDs.”

—John McCormack, writing on “‘Dirty, Gorgeous’ Full-Throated Unfairness,” Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Still breathing

“I noticed the other day that mass murderer Richard Ramirez, known as the ‘Night Stalker,’ had his death sentence upheld in California.

“That doesn’t mean a lot in California, which seems very reluctant to put to death even the most sadistic and brutal murderers.

“I remember the Ramirez case well. I was running the news department of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner when he was killing 13 people in a spree that terrified half the state. …

“But it still surprised me that this bloody savage is still breathing oxygen 21 years after he was caught. This monster is long overdue for the big dirt nap, don’t you think?”

—Joseph Farah, writing on “Our reluctance to punish evil,” Thursday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Your lying eyes

“There’s an old joke about a Southern preacher who’s asked by a skeptical congregant if he really believes in infant baptism. ‘Believe in it?’ the preacher replies. ‘Why, I’ve seen it done!’ I thought of the preacher when I heard the latest in photojournalism’s long line of mini-scandals, this one involving a Lebanese freelancer named Adnan Hajj who was working in Beirut. … When the forgeries were pointed out, the agency pulled the pictures, dismissed the photographer, and issued a statement asserting that such fakery had no place in the news business.

“It may not, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen regularly. [Aug. 8], the AP got caught sending out a crudely — and nonsensically — altered photo of an Alaskan oil pipeline worker; last month, the Charlotte Observer fired a photographer for changing the color of the sky in a picture of a firefighter; the same week, the Spanish-language edition of the Miami Herald acknowledged that a picture of prostitutes in Havana had been cobbled together from two different shots; in 2003 the Los Angeles Times sacked a photographer for combining two pictures from Iraq, taken moments apart, into one. …

“Needless to say, news photographers shouldn’t doctor photographs any more than reporters should make up quotes.”

—Jim Lewis, writing on “Don’t Believe What You See in the Papers,” Thursday in Slate at www.slate.com

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