- The Washington Times - Monday, March 20, 2006

Double standard

“Claude Allen … was a top adviser to President Bush for more than 4 years. …

“During the entire time this talented, intelligent, magnificently conservative black man held high positions in the Bush administration, he was mentioned in only 11 articles in the New York Times. …

“But since Allen was accused of stealing from department stores a few weeks ago, the Times has mentioned him in seven articles — including a major front-page article [March 13], coverage more appropriate to the first moon landing. This makes Allen the first black alleged thief whose photo has ever appeared in the New York Times.

“Allen isn’t even working for the Bush administration anymore. Yet the Times is wallowing in his agony. …

“Let me be the first to say: Congratulations, Mr. Allen! The New York Times really hates you. Welcome to my world. We’re so happy to have you in our club.”

— Ann Coulter, writing Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Far left

“What common sense has comprehended for decades now finds support by yet another scholarly study: The media has a leftist bias. Jeffrey Milyo, an economist from the University of Missouri, and Tim Groseclose, a political scientist at UCLA … published their results in the November 2005 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. …

“Milyo and Groseclose conducted a 10-year study. …

“The results? The researchers expected to find a left-leaning bias, but were astonished at just how behemoth this left-wing bias is. All the major news outlets (except Fox News’ ‘Special Report’ and the Washington Times) scored far to the left of the average member of Congress. …

“This study, with its unique approach, supplements other recent findings. Elaine Povich … found that only 7 percent of all Washington correspondents voted for George H.W. Bush [in 1992]. More recently, John Tierney … reported that only 8 percent of New York Times Washington correspondents thought George W. Bush would be a better president than John Kerry. As pointed out by Milyo and Groseclose, these studies further demonstrate that Washington correspondents are more leftist than any congressional district in the country.”

— Matthew A. Roberts, writing on “The Decline of Mainstream Media,” Thursday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

New consensus

“From a court where intellectual harmony in recent decades could be measured on a range from fractured to feuding, an intriguing unanimity suddenly is springing forth. In Rumsfeld v. FAIR, the court on March 6 unanimously rejected the claim of some liberal law schools that having to choose between forgoing certain federal funds and allowing military recruiters on campus violated the schools’ free speech rights. Writing his first high court opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that FAIR had ‘attempted to stretch a number of First Amendment doctrines.’ …

“Only the latest in a string of unanimous opinions, the Rumsfeld ruling sparked discussion: Is Justice Roberts ushering in a new era of collegiality on the court? …

“In 12 of its last 14 opinions, the court has either issued a unanimous or ‘per curiam’ (an opinion issued by the court as a body) ruling. In two more cases, all justices agreed with the majority, though separate, concurring opinions were filed. And in another two cases, only one justice — Clarence Thomas — dissented.”

— Lynn Vincent, writing on “The Roberts effect?” Tuesday in World Magazine Online at www.worldmag.com

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