CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2001
Hurrah for the great column by Neal Gabler ("An American Story," Opinion, Feb. 11)! Tracing back to the Golden Rule, and maybe even to when humans first evolved from their primate predecessors, the conflict between the community and the individual has perhaps been the central focus of human attention. In the 20th century, communal governmental systems failed, the Bill of Rights was elevated to preserve individual rights over the will of the majority, and even art displayed an increasing emphasis on the individual, particularly the individual artist.
December 26, 2002
The curious thing about Neal Gabler's "The Media Bias Myth" (Opinion, Dec. 22) is that it's a prime example of precisely the type of unconscious liberal bias that conservatives so often complain about. Specifically in regard to Gabler's presumption that Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) history of gaffes, the Harken Energy matter and questions regarding Vice President Dick Cheney's relationship with the energy industries were matters worth any journalistic effort whatsoever, he undermines his own premise.
January 29, 2002
Whatever inspired you to give such prominence to shopworn liberal drivel like "Class Dismissed" by Neal Gabler (Opinion, Jan. 27)? From its contention that the American public has been "brainwashed" to its specious claim that the purpose of the tax code is as a "tool for correcting an imbalance" (in reality, most Americans consider that the purpose of taxes is to provide defense and various social services), this piece simply restates the liberal belief that the populace is ignorant of its own best interests and somehow must be brought to enlightenment by an intellectual (liberal)
October 8, 2009
Re "Armageddon politics," Opinion, Oct. 2 Although Neal Gabler's Op-Ed article is both accurate and insightful, it seems to imply that political fundamentalism is some kind of spontaneous eruption of popular insanity. The truth is that the Republican Party and powerful interest groups have encouraged and funded this pseudo-populist trend. Millions of Americans have been persuaded to betray their own interests and display the kind of ugly behavior they wouldn't permit in their own children.
June 14, 2003
Neal Gabler's "Bush's Scorched-Earth Campaign" (Opinion, June 8) should be required reading for all Americans. By exploiting national fears after 9/11, President Bush's advisors have quickly moved America toward a one-party system with fundamentalist Christian overtones. Not even FDR was given this much leeway in a crisis: Despite his immense popularity, Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration was rejected by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. Moreover, Congress slapped the president down when he attempted to pack the court for political ends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1996
Regarding "Public Grief: Seeking Peace in the Media Ether," Opinion, Oct. 6: While Neal Gabler questions victims' reasons for grieving on television, he thinks it's pointless to question the media's obvious motives in covering such public displays. He points out that reporters are "simply doing what they've always done." If the media are doing what they have always done, there must also be victims who are doing what they've always done--that is, provide grief for public consumption. While it's tempting to believe that the undeniable increase in televised grieving is largely attributable to the breakdown of decorum, the accessibility to television coverage plays a greater role.