- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2007

Facing it

“ ’Let’s face it, if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no [expletive] wars in the first place,’ said Sally Field at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. … Let’s face what, exactly? Her opinion? For how on earth can she possibly know what would or would not be the case if mothers ruled the world? If mothers ruled the world, it wouldn’t be the world anymore — that’s about all we can be sure of and therefore all that we have to ‘face.’ But she speaks as if her mere speculation were the most unarguable and ineluctable of realities. Well, there’s a lot of it going around. I think of it as a form of media madness.

“Was there anyone in the media whose easy certainties about the situation in Iraq were dented by the testimony before Congress of Gen. [David H.] Petraeus last week? When MoveOn.org notoriously called him ‘General Betray-Us,’ it seems not to have been intended as an allegation of treason against his country … so much as it was a howl of protest that the General has dared to disagree with the media consensus.”

James Bowman, writing on “Media Madness,” Tuesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Bilingual bias

“John Edwards has not taken a definitive position on abortion. Hillary Clinton’s position on the issue is that ‘she will fight for the defense of children.’ And Barack Obama wants taxes to be ‘as low as possible.’

“Each of these statements is misleading, at best. Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Clinton support ‘a woman’s right to choose’ and Mr. Obama wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts. But on Univision, a Spanish-language TV network with an average prime-time audience of about 3.5 million viewers, these and other slanted statements about the presidential candidates are commonplace.

“Univision isn’t alone. Bias is a problem throughout Spanish media. …

“Univision is the largest and most important part of the Spanish-language media, yet it features some of the most unbalanced political news coverage on television and it continues its leftward drift.”

Leslie Sanchez, writing on “The World According to Univision,” Sunday in OpinionJournal.com

America the evil?

“Famed film director Brian De Palma … has … screened a new film, ‘Redacted,’ detailing allegations of a rape by U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The appearance of this film is sad but not surprising. American soldiers fighting against the genocidal aspirations of various fanatics have borne the brunt of a Western media culture that is most interested in casting the Americans as victims or villains. …

“A Harvard study on practices against women during Saddam’s rule reported:

“ ’The Iraqi Government uses rape and sexual assault of women to achieve the following goals: to extract information and forced confessions from detained family members; to intimidate Iraqi oppositionists by sending videotapes showing the rape of female family members; and to blackmail Iraqi men into future cooperation with the regime.’ …

“The rape of women under Saddam is not worthy of De Palma’s attention because Saddam was … conveying an intrinsically empathic message for De Palma … America is evil.”

Ben Voth, writing on “Brian De Palma and Rape in Iraq,” Monday at AmericanThinker.com

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