- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

No infighting

Conservative personality Tucker Carlson has one dictum that will regulate content on his yet-to-be launched Web site: No Republican infighting.

“I am very wary, terrified of this, and I will not have a forum where the right fights with itself,” he told conservative bloggers at a roundtable meeting hosted by the Heritage Foundation. “I won’t allow it.”

In addition to working on this new project, called the Daily Caller, Mr. Carlson has left his post at MSNBC to become a contributor for Fox News. He hopes the Daily Caller will become a conservative alternative to the highly trafficked, liberal Huffington Post. He said he’ll feature news and opinion and has a goal of promoting new content on the page “every seven minutes.”

Mr. Carlson lamented how often Republicans have been asked publicly whether they side with former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell or conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh in recent weeks during his chat session with bloggers.

“We can’t be everything and one of the things we will not be is a forum for figuring out who belongs in the Republican or conservative party. … Our site will not be place for that,” Mr. Carlson said. Rather, he said, the Daily Caller will focus on opposition to “the radical increase in federal power.”

Funny greens

Extreme environmentalism and political correctness will be held up for ridicule on prime-time TV. Really.

Promotional material released by ABC on its show “The Goode Family” says the clan lives by the motto “What Would Al Gore Do?” or WWAGD and is determined to obliterate its carbon footprint on the planet. Hilarity ensues when the family’s green-consciousness plans go haywire.

The Mike Judge cartoon, which premieres Wednesday, will test other politically charged themes, such as what happens when the couple adopt an African baby, expecting it to be black, and are astounded to find out he is white and from South Africa.

Racial labors

The Pew Research Center found a growing divide between blacks and whites about the necessity of labor unions to protect jobs. A new poll found that 82 percent of blacks, compared with 54 percent of whites, think unions are necessary.

Although a majority of whites think unions have a necessary role in society, that number is dwindling considerably both among white men and women. Six years ago, 67 percent of white men thought unions were necessary. That number has dropped to 47 percent. While 72 percent of white women six years ago thought unions were necessary, that number is now 61 percent.

Democratic support for labor has remained stable, according to the poll. Support for unions has dropped by double digits, however, among Republicans and independents since 2003.

Sharp contrast

A pro-life black pastor is defending his decision to pair images of President Obama and photos of blacks being lynched.

The Genocide Awareness Project, sponsored by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, takes graphic images of aborted fetuses in the form of a traveling mural to college campuses as a part of its campaign against abortion. The point of using the images, according to the group, is to compare “contemporary genocide,” like abortion, to “historically recognized forms of genocide.”

The Rev. Clenard H. Childress said in a statement: “I support the use of signs which bear the images of President Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion president in American history, displayed beside photos of lynched African Americans, whose humanity, like that of today’s unborn children, was once called into question. We now have a face to put on Black Genocide in America and paradoxically, that face belongs to America’s first black president.”

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected] times.com

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