February 21, 2005
"(Far) Right" National Review, But no Labels for Leftist Lynne Stewart
"Pataki Takes His Lumps, From the (Far) Right" - The "jump page" headline to a Michael Cooper story on conservative disaffection with New York Gov. George Pataki (which cited, among other Pataki critics, the magazine National Review), February 12.
"Regretting the Bravado, a Convicted Lawyer Examines Her Options" - Headline to a story on left-wing lawyer Lynne Stewart, convicted for aiding terrorism, same day.
The Battle Over PBS: "Conservatives".
"Some critics, like Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, are reluctant to give PBS any independent endowment. 'They want to create an empire that does not have to answer to the Congress or the people,' Mr. Graham said. 'Conservatives do not want to give more tax dollars to television stations that attack their ideas.' - John Tierney and Jacques Steinberg, February 17.
. vs. unlabeled left-wing "others"
"PBS is also being criticized by others, like Jeffrey Chester, the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy and a longtime advocate of more money for public television." - John Tierney and Jacques Steinberg, February 17.
"Courageous" Arthur Miller in a "red-baiting," "McCarthyite climate"
"The author of 'Death of a Salesman,' a landmark of 20th-century drama, Mr. Miller grappled with the weightiest matters of social conscience in his plays and in them often reflected or reinterpreted the stormy and very public elements of his own life - including a brief and rocky marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his staunch refusal to cooperate with the red-baiting House Un-American Activities Committee.In 1950, Mr. Miller wrote an adaptation of Ibsen's drama 'An Enemy of the People.' This 19th-century play, whose hero resisted pressure to conform to the ideology of the day, resonated in the McCarthyite climate of the mid-20th century.Mr. Miller was applauded in Hollywood and in New York theater circles when he refused to name names, a courageous act in an atmosphere of fear." - From Marilyn Berger's obituary of playwright Arthur Miller, February 11.
Hot for Hillary, Cool on Condi
"The annual Munich Conference on Security Policy brings together the toughest national security crowd in the Western world, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton played it safe and cool here on Sunday. In her first appearance before the clubby - and overwhelmingly male - gathering of experts, Mrs. Clinton, the junior senator from New York, showered praise on the United Nations as she called on it to reform and uttered only the most indirect rebuke of the Bush administration.She was welcomed - even praised - by the audience. Antje Vollmer, vice president of the German Parliament, and one of the few women at the conference, told Mrs. Clinton that 'personally, politically and intellectually, it was a great pleasure to listen to you.' Miomir Zuzul, the foreign minister of Croatia, thanked her for her 'excellent' speech.At the conference's gala dinner on Saturday night, Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, singled out Mrs. Clinton for praise." - Elaine Sciolino on Sen. Hillary Clinton, February 14.
"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stood before the audience at the Institute of Political Studies on Tuesday afternoon and rewrote cold war history, to the consternation of many in the highly sophisticated audience." - Opening sentence to Sciolino's story on a Rice talk in Paris, February 10.
Clinton Never Got Any Softballs from the Mainstream Press
"He was often called on by officials, including President Bush, and asked softball questions.Over the last few years, Mr. Guckert's frequent presence and slanted questions at White House briefings elicited smirks and raised eyebrows from other reporters." - Anne Kornblut on the disgraced former White House reporter "Jeff Gannon," a.k.a. James Guckert, February 18.