Sun, May 18, 2003

Thomas Sowell | May 18, 2003

The scandal of disgraced reporter Jayson Blair should have been a lesson to those who run the New York Times. But it is obvious from an account of a staff meeting at the Times in its aftermath that it is going to take more than one lesson to get through to the top brass -- if it ever does.

Debra J. Saunders | May 18, 2003

It's no mystery why teachers unions and school boards oppose standardized achievement tests and exit exams. When they're falling short, they're not eager to announce it.

George Will | May 18, 2003

John Edwards, North Carolina's freshman Democratic senator and peripatetic presidential candidate, has a problem. It is North Carolina.

John Leo | May 18, 2003

A stuffed moose made an appearance last week at the big New York Times staff meeting (held in a Broadway movie theater) to deal with the uproar over the fraudulent reporting of Jayson Blair, the young black Times reporter who has resigned.

Sat, May 17, 2003

David Limbaugh | May 17, 2003

The liability lawsuit against McDonald’s hamburger chain strikes me as frivolous, even laughable on its face. But I’m not laughing because it is not just some isolated, renegade, over-the-top lawsuit.

Robert Novak | May 17, 2003

High-ranking Justice Department lawyers privately express hope that the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times could push the Supreme Court to rule against racial quotas in the University of Michigan case.

Kathleen Parker | May 17, 2003

As newspaper editors convened emergency denial-control meetings and minority journalists circled their wagons, New York Times executive editor Howell Raines went ahead and admitted what was obvious to anyone without a blankie over his head: Of course it's about race.

Fri, May 16, 2003

Thomas Sowell | May 16, 2003

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That was certainly true of a recent photo of a little 7-year-old boy holding a sign demanding more money for the schools and holding his fist in the air.

Brent Bozell | May 16, 2003

How would Hollywood respond if a group were formed called Christians United for Repentance and Education (CURE), with a mission to hand out awards for those TV programs doing the best job of promoting a religious or socially conservative viewpoint on homosexuality?

Jonah Goldberg | May 16, 2003

I know the story about Bill Bennett's gambling is fading -and rightly so -from the public radar. Meanwhile, another story is getting bigger on the screen. John F. Kennedy had an affair with a 19-year-old intern while president of the United States.

Mona Charen | May 16, 2003

Think back to March 2003. The United States and Great Britain were feverishly maneuvering to secure a United Nations resolution authorizing war with Iraq.

Oliver North | May 16, 2003

It's an ironclad rule of American politics that being liberal means never having to admit you're wrong.

Debra J. Saunders | May 16, 2003

Even partisans who oppose the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis are fascinated at the possibilities: With no primary, a cheaper price tag on campaigns and the likelihood that (if the governor were recalled) a candidate could win with as little as 20 percent of the vote, a recall would turn California into a political petri dish.

Jacob Sullum | May 16, 2003

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says his ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, which took effect last month, will save "literally tens of thousands of lives." Anti-tobacco activist Stanton Glantz claims such bans cut heart attack rates in half.

Rich Tucker | May 16, 2003

Plagiarism. Fabrication. Fraud. The sad saga of Jayson Blair will dog the New York Times -- and all journalists -- for years.

Larry Kudlow | May 16, 2003

For weeks, the media inside the Beltway have been chattering relentlessly about the sinking dollar and the threat of deflation. Their sky-is-falling mantra features the liberal message that President Bush's proposed tax-cut plan will fuel the budget deficit, jack up interest rates and wreck the economy.

John McCaslin | May 16, 2003

Stephen Glass didn't plagiarize like Jayson Blair, formerly of the New York Times; he invented -- people, places and things.

Charles Krauthammer | May 16, 2003

There is a large and overlooked truth about the American occupation of Iraq: Whereas in postwar Germany and Japan we were rebuilding countries that had been largely destroyed by us, in Iraq today we are rebuilding a country destroyed by its own regime.

Rich Lowry | May 16, 2003

Before he became a Democratic presidential candidate, Florida Sen. Bob Graham was famous mostly for his obsessive, minute-by-minute diary keeping. Now he is making his name in another way: with reckless, illogical criticisms of the Bush administration's conduct of the war on terror.

William F. Buckley | May 16, 2003

The big story featuring The New York Times and Jayson Blair is grounds for twittery -- look what happened to the Gray Lady!

Thu, May 15, 2003

Ann Coulter | May 15, 2003

The New York Times is to be commended for ferreting out Jayson Blair, the reporter recently discovered making up facts, plagiarizing other news organizations and lying about nonexistent trips and interviews.

Thomas Sowell | May 15, 2003

The New York Times' famous motto -- "All the News That's Fit to Print" -- has been dishonored by the revelation that one of its own reporters has been printing stuff that he made up or stole from other publications.

Larry Elder | May 15, 2003

After much soul-searching, on Friday, May 9, 2003, I filed to change my voter registration to the Republican Party.

Jonah Goldberg | May 15, 2003

I feel like I'm on "Supermarket Sweep." That's the game show where contestants race through a supermarket trying to grab as many goodies as possible as quickly as they can. That's how I feel writing about the ongoing revelations that The New York Times.

Cal Thomas | May 15, 2003

Fearful that the Republican majority would push through a redistricting plan that might create between five and seven new Republican-controlled seats in the state's congressional delegation, all but one of the Democratic members of the Texas legislature fled under cover of darkness to Oklahoma.

Suzanne Fields | May 15, 2003

When George H.W. Bush chose Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988, one of the persuasive considerations of the Republican strategists was that the senator’s good looks would appeal to the ladies. Dan Quayle was cute.

Debra J. Saunders | May 15, 2003

While leaders of New York and other big cities have demonstrated the resolve to do something about their homeless population, San Francisco pols have decided it's better to look as if you care about the homeless than to do something about the homeless.

Emmett Tyrrell | May 15, 2003

Just days after the paper flagellates itself with a front-page story admitting that it repeatedly published fabricated stories full of plagiarism and other journalistic sleight-of-hand from a 27-year-old con-man reporter whom the editors of the Slippery Rock Herald would have apprehended, the indispensable Drudge Report announces that "at least two more NY Times reporters are being investigated for possible journalistic irregularities."

Alan Reynolds | May 15, 2003

I recently worried that the Senate Finance Committee's efforts to slice up a low-calorie tax snack would turn into a stew with too many turnips and not enough beef. That is exactly what happened.

George Will | May 15, 2003

Like many members of the House of Representatives, Pat Toomey, a 41-year-old Pennsylvania Republican, hankers to move to the chamber on the other side of the Capitol.

Marvin Olasky | May 15, 2003

"A low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper." That's how The New York Times last week referred to the massive journalistic fraud committed by one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, who has now resigned:

Robert Novak | May 15, 2003

Today in 1963, the first Evans-Novak column was published. It raised eyebrows because of its improbable content, and it seems hardly less fantastic when read four decades later.

Chuck Colson | May 15, 2003

In the midst of a vast humanitarian crisis, the United States can make a big difference. Christians must be sure we do.

Wed, May 14, 2003

Michelle Malkin | May 14, 2003

When the Founding Fathers established the Constitution of the United States of America "to promote the general welfare," it is safe to say they could never have envisioned Hillary Clinton's latest welfare-promoting gimmick.

Walter E. Williams | May 14, 2003

Maytag recently announced that it's moving its Galesburg, Ill., production facility to Mexico. A group called Americans Against NAFTA has protested Maytag's decision.

Brent Bozell | May 14, 2003

When a major corporation is caught fabricating its materials to the public, rapid disclosure and abject apologies are required. No one requires that ritual more than the major media.

David Limbaugh | May 14, 2003

Political correctness: harmless, well-meaning nonsense or harmful, wrongheaded ideas with potentially damaging consequences? Columnist Andrew Sullivan seems to suggest the latter in his critique of the New York Times' scandal over the fraudulent reporting of Jayson Blair.

Tony Blankley | May 14, 2003

The twin events of September 11 and the bursting of the 1990s' economic bubble -- as their effects unfold -- may be deeply reshaping American public opinion and public policy in a manner now but dimly perceived.

Pat Buchanan | May 14, 2003

The New York Times was the nation's "newspaper of record," the "Good Gray Lady of 43rd Street," the gold standard by which all other newspapers were to be measured. So we were taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia.

Ben Shapiro | May 14, 2003

Thomas L. Friedman is the United States' pre-eminent foreign affairs columnist. His syndicated column is printed in hundreds of newspapers, both at home and abroad. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary three times. He is articulate. He is experienced. He is also a sucker.

Terry Jeffrey | May 14, 2003

This may be the first that you've heard of it, but the fact of the matter is you're suing Los Angeles -- and you're winning.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 14, 2003

Many have expressed outrage at the hiring of Ms. Ireland, assuming her ideology is foreign to current YWCA initiatives. But if one looks at the agenda of NOW and the history of the YWCA since around 1900, unfortunately, the hire makes a lot of sense.

Joel Mowbray | May 14, 2003

Hitting a low point in what was once—long, long ago—a proud career, Jesse Jackson raised the specter of George Wallace to protest a new injustice in Alabama: the hiring of an eminently talented white head football coach at the University of Alabama.

Kathleen Parker | May 14, 2003

Girls will be girls. Give them a couple of kegs, some pig intestines and a bucket of human feces and, well, stuff happens.

Ross Mackenzie | May 14, 2003

With the success of the onslaught to remove Saddam Hussein, attention there turns to follow-on, cleanup and getting a viable democracy going. Here, attention turns to getting the U.S. economy going.

John McCaslin | May 14, 2003

Developers aren't the only ones gobbling up land in this country. Uncle Sam's been increasing his spread, too.

Tue, May 13, 2003

Mona Charen | May 13, 2003

Remember Bill Clinton? Before life got serious, Bill Clinton used to work incredibly, just amazingly hard fixing the problems that plagued America.

Cal Thomas | May 13, 2003

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) convened a meeting in Washington last week to urge their mostly conservative Christian leaders to tone down "dangerous" and "unhelpful" remarks about Islam.

Dennis Prager | May 13, 2003

I spent last week at college. And not just any college. Stanford University.

Debra J. Saunders | May 13, 2003

State Board of Education member Suzanne Tacheny has heard students wail that the requirement to pass the state's high school exit exam could ruin their chances of getting into college. They are so wrong, she said.

Matt Towery | May 13, 2003

Over the past weeks, television news superstar Bill O'Reilly and other respected journalists have focused their disgruntled attention on an "all-white" private party held in Georgia's small and predominantly rural Taylor County.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 13, 2003

The hottest controversy in state legislatures today regards allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses. Americans were shocked to discover that most of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 carried driver's licenses from Virginia, Florida or New Jersey.

Bill Murchison | May 13, 2003

A word needs to be said in praise -- yes, I said praise -- of the Democratic senators now blockading the confirmation of judicial nominees Miguel Estrada and Priscilla Owen.

Frank Gaffney | May 13, 2003

By appointing Donald Rumsfeld and his team to run the Pentagon, President Bush found people with the vision, courage and tenacity needed to make the policy and hardware choices that will do much to determine whether the armed forces will be as effective in contending with future threats to the Nation's security as they were recently shown to be in liberating Afghanistan and Iraq.

Rich Lowry | May 13, 2003

President Clinton would like to claim that his 1993 budget plan erased the deficit. Republicans would like to claim that their kamikaze anti-spending charge in 1995-'96 did it. In fact, both parties were largely spectators as economic growth trampled the deficit for them.

Armstrong Williams | May 13, 2003

House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist pledged last week to "fulfill America's Promise," by signing a series of initiatives geared toward empowering black Americans.

Jack Kemp | May 13, 2003

In reading the president's speech, it dawned on me how well he understands the necessity not only of laying out a road map to peace between Israel and the Palestinians but also of paving that road to peace with sound economic policies for the entire region so as, in his words, "to bring the Middle East into an expanding circle of opportunity, to provide hope for the people who live in that region."

Mon, May 12, 2003

Brent Bozell | May 12, 2003

The Hollywood take on constitutional rights usually begins not with the words "We the people," but with "If it feels good, do it." Its centralized location is the dropping zipper.

Pat Buchanan | May 12, 2003

Why do they keep digging up the corpse of Joe McCarthy for a ritual flogging? The Wisconsin senator died in 1957. He never killed anyone. He never sent anyone to prison.

Suzanne Fields | May 12, 2003

Speaking of excess, I worry more about Bill Bennett's appetite at the dinner table than his appetite at the roulette table. Girth is considerably more lethal than gambling, but who's counting?

Diana West | May 12, 2003

The last American official with the power to ban wickedness -- at least within the city limits of Boston -- has died.

Jacob Sullum | May 12, 2003

The gun banners at the VPC are unfazed by the fact that "assault weapon" is not an objective category: They know one when they see it. Legally, however, "assault weapon" means whatever Congress says it means.

Robert Novak | May 12, 2003

Norris was one of the police chiefs I interviewed after 9-11 who complained that the FBI remained uncooperative. Now, Norris has confirmed to me what he wrote Mueller, that the FBI's sixth director is the first to really change the bureau.

William F. Buckley | May 12, 2003

The French have other distractions than the U.S. victory in Iraq. They will have to weigh in on the U.S. proposal to reorder the economic scene in Iraq to conform in some way with post-Saddam realities.

Kathleen Parker | May 12, 2003

Sometimes the best political strategy is simply to stand still and allow yourself to be attacked by the wrong guy.

Joel Mowbray | May 12, 2003

As a Middle Eastern nation stood on the brink of installing a new government, the U.S. diplomat greeted the incoming leaders warmly.

Armstrong Williams | May 12, 2003

On Sunday afternoon, March 29, the telephone rang in my Washington, D.C., office. It was my brother Kent. Mama had been rushed to the emergency room.

John Leo | May 12, 2003

The New York Times has acted honorably in dealing with the wreckage of the Jayson Blair scandal. It published corrections, 54 in all, on Blair's inaccurate reporting.