Friday, October 14, 2005

How to stop this?

David Gelernter, Professor of Computer Science at Yale, wrote in The Los Angeles Times a wonderfully furious column.

Bill Bennett, former Drugs Czar under Bush I and a well-known and hated conservative, made a remark a couple of weeks ago about abortion. Bennett is a dedicated Pro Lifer. In a discussion on his radio show about the consequences of abortion he gave an example: abort black women and the crime rate will probably go down, but he added this was impossible and morally reprehensible and ridiculous.

Here is Gelernter:

‘A few weeks ago, Bennett said on his radio program that X is a stupid idea; then he said that if you believe X, you might as well believe Y. But Y is "impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible." One thing we know for sure: Bennett is against Y. He thinks that Y is "impossible," is "ridiculous," is "morally reprehensible." "Y" was the idea that aborting all black babies would cut the crime rate.
So the left jumped all over him. Bizarrely enough, the White House chimed in. (A Republican White House opening fire on Bennett is like the Joint Chiefs bombing their own front lines.)
Yet no one who read or heard Bennett's actual statement in context could possibly have believed that Bennett is racist or had talked like a racist. But our public life is so deeply phony that, although a few stalwarts defended him, no one pointed out the gross hypocrisy of his accusers. (No one I've heard, anyway.)
Those accusers knew perfectly well that he was not promoting a racist view of American life, he was denouncing a racist view — loudly and clearly, without a shadow of ambiguity.What part of "impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible" did they not understand?’

Expierience the full fury of this column.

By the way, here is Bennett’s personal answer.

Tony Blankley in The Washington Times writes about the same things:

‘During the Reagan years, and even during the Gingrich years, the central complaint about the mainstream media by conservatives was that they misrepresented the substance of our policy proposals. A 4.5 percent budget increase (after adjusting for inflation and the size of the beneficiary class) of the hot-lunch program was characterized by the media as a cruel cut in the program that would leave poor little children hungry and with empty tummies, thus causing empty minds. (The second part was true, but that was due to the damage caused by National Education [sic] Association — not the government-provided nutrition programs.) A guarantee that the current-law traditional Medicare program would remain available for any beneficiary who wanted to participate in it was called an end to such benefits. Increases in spending were called cuts. Guarantees were called broken commitments. President Reagan's war efforts to defeat Communism and create democracies in Central America were called support for fascism and brutal right-wing regimes.’

Read his full column.

I have often the same experience watching the media. Are we paranoid?
Vice president Cheney repeated in a TV interview that his administration thinks that Zawahiri’s letter is for real. But this does not mean a thing anymore: most journalists love to think that the CIA faked the letter.
The preparation for a TV conversation with the President is called a ‘set up’: as if not in most shows nervous guests are asked to repeat what they want to ask. Spokesmen for Bush assured that their answers were not scripted – nobody wants to believe him.
And at the same time Louis Farrakhan, the totally nutty leader of the Nation of Islam movement, which is a kind of parody itself, is being treated with velvet gloves by the MSM and the Democratic Party.

Farrakhan: ‘Well, I was in a tiny village in Mexico on the 17th of September, 1985. And I had a vision-like experience climbing a mountain there, on the top of which is a temple to the Mexo-American Christ figure, Ketso Quato. And one of these little UFOs came over that mountain and I was signaled from a group of persons to come. And I was beamed up into that small vehicle and carried to a larger vehicle, where I heard the voice of my leader and teacher, the Honorable Elijah Mohamed (search), saying these words to me, in early September, the president met with his joint chiefs of staff to plan a war. He didn't tell me who the war was against or what not. But early in the next year, it came to me while I was in Ghana that this war was against Libya and Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi. So I went there and warned him of what was about to take place. And it did take place. And the following year, sir, I was sitting on an airplane, I happened to pick up the The New York Times magazine section, and it said America planned war against Libya.’

Here is the whole unbelievable interview.

What’s going on? And how can we stop this?

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