- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2006

Bad old days

“Imagine a time when you had to wait until the dinner hour to find out what was going on in the world. And imagine that this information was monopolized by three corporate newsrooms, their editorial staffs, and delivered primarily by middle-aged white male news readers called ‘anchors.’ As hard as it is to believe, this MSM television oligarchy actually existed. …

“They say there will never be another like Walter Cronkite, and that is in part because network television news can never again have the influence it once had. There are too many other, better sources of information, for any individual to hold the sway that Cronkite did, whether real or imagined.

“And that’s the way it is. Thank heaven.”

—James S. Robbins, writing on “Anchorman,” Thursday in www.nationalreview.com

Guilt trip

“White guilt affects everything having to do with race in America. … White guilt has given us a euphemistic language with which to discuss race. …

“That said, white guilt undermines black progress and race relations because it generates disingenuous racial policies — diversity, affirmative action, and welfare without expectations (until the late ‘90s). These policies enable whites to fend off the racist stigma they live with but rob blacks of the incentive to work harder for their own advancement. All these ‘white guilt’ policies ask nothing whatsoever of blacks. They are an incentive to weakness rather than strength. Black high school students did worse on the SAT in 2000 than in 1990. These students know that low performance is no bar to the racial preferences of affirmative action. So why work harder? Yet American institutions almost fanatically support ‘white guilt’ policies because the legitimacy of these institutions now depends on their proving themselves free of racism. White guilt means that America’s racial reforms serve the innocent whites while facilitating weakness in minorities.”

—Shelby Steele, author of “White Guilt,” interviewed Thursday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Hateful ‘humor’

“President Bush must die.

“Or so says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams, in explaining to a class of school children in Australia why she rejects nonviolence and remarking how mystified she is that she ever won a prize awarded for promoting peace.

“‘Right now, I would love to kill George Bush,’ she told the kiddies, causing them to break into spontaneous applause.

“And Williams is by no means a voice crying in the left-wing wilderness.

“Air America hostess Randi Rhodes, who apparently thinks that promoting the killing of the president is a real hoot, broadcast a ‘comedic skit’ last year featuring the sound of gunshots being fired at the chief executive. …

“Yes, this is what passes for humor in the ever-tolerant, all-inclusive, non-judgmental world of liberal talk radio. Never mind the fact that Al Franken promised us when Air America was getting started that it would offer a ‘kinder, gentler’ brand of political talk — you know, as opposed to those right-wing crazies who spew nothing but hate and anger.”

—Tom Flannery, writing on “Violent voices of ‘tolerance,’” Thursday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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