July 30, 2010 |
First, full disclosure: I am the Left Coast representative of the Jewish conspiratorial lobby that Oliver Stone was fretting over in his recent interview with London's Sunday Times. You know, the Jews, whose "domination of the media" prevent Hitler and Stalin from being portrayed "in context." It seems the once and future wunderkind was also frustrated that no one understands that it was the Russians who were damaged more than the Jews during World War II. I think he had the score of 25 million or 30 million to 6 million.
March 8, 2009
Re "The tired war on Limbaugh," Opinion, March 3 I certainly believe there is cynicism in the Obama administration's declaration that Rush Limbaugh is the true GOP leader. As Limbaugh says, and Jonah Goldberg parrots, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Rush declaring that he wants the president to fail in implementing his liberal agenda. The administration's cynicism is used in the hope that Republicans will act on the fact that Limbaugh has become a very dangerous person. Just like Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s (I'm old enough to remember)
November 5, 2006
Re "40 years have seen openness, civility fade as cynicism gains," column, Nov. 2 I doubt the rose-colored version of the political past that George Skelton paints. I wasn't alive to see Ronald Reagan as governor, but I understand that he said, "If it takes a bloodbath to silence the demonstrators, let's get it over with," in reference to the 1960s student unrest at Berkeley. Is this quotation apocryphal? Students there started the Free Speech Movement in 1964, a watershed that led to the antiwar movement.
March 29, 2006 |
HIS star turn in the national limelight lasted about five years, little more than a single presidency, yet no public man of his era still haunts our political imagination in quite the way that Joseph McCarthy does. He is one of those rare politicians whose name has been preserved in the linguistic amber of the eponymy. We speak today of "McCarthyism." It is a kind of political pornography -- difficult to define precisely but, like its sexual counterpart, you know it when you see it.
December 17, 2005
TIM RUTTEN is simply one of the best media critics around. His column on Condoleezza Rice's evasions on torture -- and the media's failure to put her statements into adequate historical context -- was on target ["Rice and the Press Make It Unclear," Dec. 10]. If the media report only facts, they miss the truth. David Brinkley had it right when he said that it was a fact that Joseph McCarthy claimed to have the names of dozens of State Department employees who were Communists, but that it wasn't the truth.
December 16, 2005 |
TURKEY'S FINEST novelist, Orhan Pamuk, goes on trial today on the charge of "insulting" his country. Article 301/1 of the Turkish Penal Code stipulates that anyone "who explicitly insults being a Turk, the Republic or the Turkish Grand National Assembly, shall be imposed to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of six months to three years." Pamuk's "insult" was printed in a Swiss newspaper last February.