- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 13, 2007

Cost of courage

“My teenage son, Nick, is smacked in the face with liberal, socialist dogma every day of his life. The notion that Big Daddy Government can take care of everyone … is commonly accepted in his generation, because that’s the message that’s shoved down their throats by the modern culture.

“It’s no wonder John Stossel’s book, ‘Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity,’ is Nick’s new ‘textbook’ for fighting ignorance.

” ‘Myths’ is the very best graduation gift you could buy for any kid headed off to that bastion of liberal dogma — the American college campus. …

“Stossel’s willingness to be courageous has not been without personal cost. As a young reporter on a mission to expose the ills of business and competition, John was showered with 19 Emmy awards before his own reporting convinced him that people and nations thrive in free markets. He hasn’t taken home one award since.”

— Rebecca Hagelin, writing on “John Stossel: Myth buster extraordinaire,” Thursday in WorldNetDaily.com

Duke fiasco

“[T]he media … with few exceptions descended on the story [of Duke University lacrosse players accused of rape] like Lord Byron’s fabled Assyrian and his cohorts pursuing the destruction of Sennacherib. Oh, how the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and countless other bastions of liberal self-satisfaction loved it. Race. Class. Sex. Victimhood. It was the perfect morality tale. Those white jocks at ‘the Harvard of the South’ just had to be guilty. …

“The other aspect of the Duke lacrosse fiasco that deserves special scrutiny is the behavior of university officials, especially the faculty. …

“Particularly egregious was the behavior of the ‘Group of 88’ a congeries of faculty activists and fellow-travelers who signed ‘What Does a Social Disaster Sound Like?’ a full-page manifesto published in April 2006 in the Duke student newspaper. …

“The Group of 88 had clearly mastered the art of feigning shock in order to rivet attention and generate anxiety. But as Richard Bertrand Spencer noted in the American Conservative, ‘Far from coming as a shock, the accusations that white students gang-raped a black stripper reached the Group as a kind of fulfillment of a dream. The case was, for them, an affirmation of what they always knew about Duke, Durham, and American society in general.’ According to the Group of 88, the alleged rape of a black woman by three white men was just business as usual in racist America.”

— from “Regardless of the truth,” in the May issue of the New Criterion

Churchill revised

“There have been recent efforts by pundits, foreign-affairs analysts and historians to consign to disrepute the ideas Winston Churchill personified or to cast him as an exponent of their opposite. …

“The periodic reinvention of Churchill … is sometimes remarkable for its boldness, whether based on a flight of documentary fancy, manipulation or reinterpretation. The temptation to undermine (if necessary, invert) the claims on our attention that is owed to Churchillean ideas is not hard to understand. Chronic Iraq problems have given strength to opponents of muscular anti-Islamism and democracy-promotion. A disapproving focus on their Churchillean antecedents can assist an effort to discredit them. But the evidence shows that those wishing to do so had better look elsewhere for inspiration.”

— Daniel Mandel, writing on “Cutting Down Churchill to Size,” Thursday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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