And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Times Misquotes Post ... Post Misquotes Times
First it was the New York Times misrepresenting what former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote in an article in the Washington Post. Now it's the Washington Post misrepresenting what former Secretary of State James Baker wrote in the New York Times. The Post said today that Baker, along with former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, had "advised against" an invasion of Iraq. But the only public pronouncement Baker has made on the subject was an article he wrote for the New York Times Aug. 25 in which he said "the issue...is not whether to use military force, but how to go about it," because that is "The only realistic way to effect regime change."
Terrorist Not in Their Vocabulary
Meanwhile, the Reuters News Agency, which refuses to use the word terrorist to describe the 9/11 hijackers, or Palestinian suicide bombers, distributed this picture of the site of the attacks in New York. The caption said work continues there and then added this, "Human rights around the world have been a casualty of the U.S. 'war on terror' since Sept. 11."
A New Survey Shows What We Already Knew
The latest from the world of American Education is that a new survey of 19 American colleges and universities finds an overwhelming majority of faculty whose political affiliations could be determined are Democrats or members of other leftist parties. Only a tiny minority was found to be Republicans. The survey, done by the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Study of Popular Culture, included such institutions as Harvard, Brown, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley. At Harvard, it found 50 Democrats and 2 Republicans. At Berkeley, the survey found 59 Democrats, 7 Republicans.
White — Without the Red and Blue
And speaking of Berkeley, the University's 9/11 commemorations will reportedly exclude any singing of the national anthem, or "God Bless America." Student leaders will distribute ribbons, but they will be white, not red, white and blue as originally planned. The campus conservative paper the California Patriot quotes one of the organizers as saying of red, white and blue ribbons, "We thought that may be just too political, too patriotic. We didn't want anything too centered on nationalism — anything that is 'Go USA.'"