- The Washington Times - Friday, October 27, 2006

Nobles: ABC News political director Mark Halperin, for acknowledging the media’s liberal bias.

Quick, what’s the media’s ratio of stories reporting on Sen. George Allen’s “macaca” remark vs. Democratic challenger Jim Webb’s “rednecks” and “towelheads” comment? If you guessed somewhere in the ballpark of 1,000-to-1, you’re probably not far off. More likely, this is the first you’ve heard of Mr. Webb’s use of derogatory language to describe white Southerners and Arabs.

That’s no accident. On “The O’Reilly Factor” the other night, Mr. Halperin said, “over the years there are a lot of examples [of the media’s liberal bias], what CBS News did in the 2004 election with the president’s National Guard record, lots of examples. If I were a conservative, I understand why I would feel suspicious that I was not going to get a fair break at the end of an election. We’ve [the mainstream media] got to make sure we do better so conservatives don’t have to be concerned about that. It’s just, it’s not fair.”

Well, well. Mr. Halperin is no closet conservative. He was criticized by conservatives during the 2004 election in fact for circulating a memo to ABC employees directing them to downplay Sen. John Kerry’s misstatements, as opposed to President Bush’s. Unlike most of his peers, however, at least Mr. Halperin has the guts to admit it.

And going into the final stretch of the mid-term elections, that makes him this week’s Noble.

Knaves: New Jersey’s Supreme Court, for its undemocratic ruling on same-sex “marriage.”

To pick an example at random, here’s what the Boston Globe had to say in an editorial on New Jersey’s recent 4-3 ruling: “It is a sign of how far society has come in accepting the basic notion of gay couples’ right to legal status that the three judges in the minority who wanted to go beyond civil unions and legalize gay marriage from the bench were all appointed by Republican governors.” Huh? Only in the liberal Northeast do the opinions of unelected judges represent “how far society has come.”

In reality, it says nothing about society and everything about the whims of the court. Who knows what New Jersey voters would do, but at least give them the opportunity to decide. To its everlasting shame, the New Jersey court tried to suggest that its decision was democratic by ordering the legislature to rule on the status of same-sex “marriage.”

Because there’s no doubt as to what the legislature will now do, the New Jersey Supreme Court is the Knave of the week.

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