Brent Bozell

Turning reality upside down is easy when you live in the world of people like actress Janeane Garofalo, who proclaimed on MSNBC just hours after the inauguration festivities: "George W. Bush is unelectable, in my opinion." This isn't dissent. It's beyond denial. Welcome to liberal dementia.

 Like so many other journalists in the pre-inauguration buildup, Washington Post reporter Manny Fernandez filed several stories on bitter inauguration protesters. And like the vast majority of his colleagues, Fernandez chose not to give his readers the slightest clue just how kooky the "protest community" was. (Perhaps because these paragons of journalism don't find these nuts to be that strange after all.) In one story, it took until paragraph 16 for Fernandez to admit any ideology: "Bush has been a popular target for left-leaning activists since he took office."

 "Left-leaning" is hardly an accurate description for the exotic socialists like International ANSWER, described by the Post as simply "an anti-war, anti-racism coalition." Their call to protest the inauguration wildly stated our president "is determined to maintain U.S. occupation and aggression against Cuba, Haiti, Afghanistan, Korea, the Philippines, Sudan, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Colombia and other countries." (Somehow, at least on Planet ANSWER, we have ruthlessly ousted Fidel Castro and taken over Cuba.) The Post story excluded the itty-bitty fact that the coalition's leader, Ramsey Clark, signed up on Dec. 29 as part of the legal defense team for Saddam Hussein.

 Isn't that a relevant factor in determining where ANSWER stands on the war and human rights? Wouldn't it be fair to conclude this pro-Saddam lobby is anti-American, not anti-war? Shouldn't this lobby have to contend with press questions about its agenda? Try to find a Washington Post story on Ramsey Clark's newest job. There isn't one. The Post did mention him in January, but only as part of a legalize-marijuana lobby.

 The same omission occurred in the New York Times, somehow falling outside the slogan about all the news that was fit to print. This is where Clark is deemed fit to print: On Dec. 21, the Times metro section celebrated a local bakery, including the fact that "Ramsey Clark, the civil rights lawyer, wrote the bakery a letter from Paris saying its croissants were better than those he was then eating."

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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