Last week, the Washington Post produced a front-page story intended to shock readers with the news of Mitt Romney’s leading fellow preppies in cutting the bleach-blond hair of a student at their school. The incident in question took place in 1965, some 47 years ago. The news that Mitt Romney did dumb things in high school was played as if it was most revealing. But, unconnected to anything else, it leaves the reader puzzled? Why this story? Why now?
Liberal commentators are quick to respond: It’s all part of the narrative (their favorite word, by the way). And the narrative is of an unfeeling, bullying, brash young man.
Okay. Let’s say it’s relevant. Here are some of the stories the Post did not think relevant.
Item: Bill Clinton as a graduate student at Oxford University spent a week in the home of Bedrich and Jirina Kopold in Prague. Early in 1970, Clinton was the guest of two members of the Czech Communist Party Central Committee. These were not even “liberal” reform-minded Czech backers of ousted leader Anton Dubcek. That father of the “Prague Spring” of 1968 had tried to bring about “Communism with a human face.”
He failed. After Soviet tanks rolled through Prague, Dubcek wound up in chains in Moscow. There, a drunken Brezhnev sneered and jeered at Dubcek and some of his fellow chained Communist brothers because they had soiled themselves. This wasn’t the Kopold team, however. Bedrich and Jirina were the hard-line Stalinists who demanded the Soviet tanks come in and crush these first shoots of freedom sprouting up in Wenceslas Square. These were Bill Clinton’s hosts, the parents of his fellow Oxonian, Jan Kopold. In 1970, if you were a Czech, you had to toe the line for Moscow in order to be allowed to go to graduate school outside the country. Jan Kopold and his parents passed the KGB’s litmus test.
Item: John Kerry was a leader of the anti-war faction in the U.S. He testified in 1971 before Sen. J. William Fulbright’s Foreign Relations Committee, wearing half of his uniform, and all of his medals. Kerry charged his fellow soldiers with war crimes and said they violated the Geneva Conventions. This was after he met with North Vietnamese Communist in 1970 in Paris. The Post did cover this story, but only on page A8, and only in the context of reporting on a Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad attacking Kerry.