Maybe George W. Bush couldn't name the leader of little Swaziland last November in a pop quiz administered by a radio jock (who apparently could name very little himself with a No. 2 pencil back in high school). But Bush can name the former Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, and with some precision.
This year, the press (with the notable exception of Fox News) seems to have taken a collective breath of helium, producing news judgment that is even more frothy and insubstantial than usual -- but still, as always, biased toward the Democrats.
A few years ago, my wife and I were invited to Time magazine's 75th anniversary party in New York. Since we're not regulars on the Big Apple social circuit, Betsy and I were surprised to be asked to hobnob with the likes of The Donald and his paramour, Rudy Giuliani, George Steinbrenner, assorted diplomats and sundry big wigs.
George W. Bush looked good campaigning in Florida this week, his issues hardened and his format changed. But his spending a day and a half here shows how the presidential campaign has been transformed in the four weeks since the Democratic convention.
Now that the presidential candidates are trying to outbid each other for the votes of the elderly, by offering to have the government pay for their prescription drugs, it is time for the voters to start thinking for themselves -- if that is still possible, after decades of dumbed-down education.
A new survey of more than 4,000 television viewers finds that 1) more than one-third of them have seen programming they consider "personally offensive or morally objectionable," and that they associate such programming more with broadcast networks than with cable channels;
If all goes as planned, Los Alamos physicist Wen Ho Lee will plead guilty tomorrow to one felony count of "unlawful gathering of national defense information." He originally had been indicted on 59 charges concerning top-secret national security documents.
One political question we have to answer is whether George W. Bush or Albert Gore shall be president, and just which party will control the House of Representatives and the Senate. But I'd suggest that there's a far more important long-run question we must answer:
Can a judge constitutionally order a controversial drug to be given to a child over the opposition of his parents? Such action by a Family Court judge in Albany, N.Y., has touched off a national debate pitting public schools and the courts against parental rights.
In recent days, there have been widespread protests throughout Europe by drivers angry at skyrocketing fuel prices. While the cause of the price spike may lie with OPEC and the falling Euro, the new European currency, high gasoline taxes have gotten the blame.
It's hard to see how Democrats can use the Supreme Court as a campaign issue anymore. It would take a modern plague to make any headway in confining the justices to interpreting the Constitution rather than issuing wild policy pronouncements offensive to most Americans.
Time: crack of dawn. My oldest, Patrick, who is 17 and about to be a senior in high school, grumbles about the illogic of the new school schedule. Classes start at 7:35 a.m. this year. Something to do with the demand for busses. "Little kids are always up at the crack of dawn," he complains. "Why don't they make the kindergartners go to school early?"
Just a tad polite, aren't you, Gov. Bush -- imputing to Al Gore only a certain tardiness in blasting the corruptions of modern 'entertainment''?
Have we had enough coverage of George W. Bush's vulgar comment about New York Times reporter Adam Clymer? For a while there, it seemed impossible to turn on the tube without hearing a bleeped version of the candidate's one-line outburst into an open mike.
On August 31, Bill Clinton vetoed a cut in the estate tax passed by a bipartisan majority in Congress. He called it unfair and fiscally irresponsible. Interestingly, that same day, the Socialist government of France announced plans for one of the largest tax cuts in that nation's history.