March 27, 1999
Neal Gabler asks, "If you think about the impeachment debate, isn't it incredibly similar to the argument over the honorary Oscar awarded to Elia Kazan?" ("A Fateful Decision, Damaging Fallout," by Patrick Goldstein, March 16.) No, it isn't. There's a big difference between sex and fascism, and Gabler's reasoning illustrates the folly of dealing in abstract principles at the expense of qualitative differences; the McCarthy-HUAC era was more damaging to America than Clinton's errant groin could ever be. NORM FRAHM Corona del Mar
September 25, 1988
Regarding "Sound and Fury" (by Neal Gabler, July 31): Whatever "sins" the Warner Brothers may have committed as makers of the most controversial motion pictures of all time, whatever family squabbles, scandals or skulduggery may have come to light because of their actions, particularly those of Jack Warner, their motto of later years makes one want to forgive them because of their dedication to that motto: "Combining good citizenship with good picture...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1996
Re "Buying a Piece of Divinity From Where Jackie Dwelt," by Neal Gabler, Opinion, April 28: No doubt Gabler is correct in his analysis of the purchase of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis "relics," but I think he missed a very important point. I believe people bought Jackie O's things not only because of the person but also because of the time she represented to many. When she and Jack were in the White House many of were just starting our life's journey. They gave us hope for the future, faith in our government and pride in our country.
October 26, 2004
Congratulations for printing "Karl Rove: America's Mullah" (Opinion, Sept. 24). Neal Gabler's article on Rove and Rovism describes with deadly accuracy the political battle for America's soul. I hope every voter reads this article and then casts a vote for saving America's soul. If voters understand the nature of the conservative agenda and the means being used to promote it, they will surely vote progressive by casting their vote for John Kerry. Milton Gonsalves Cathedral City Gabler smears Rove as a "sharpie with a bulging bag of dirty tricks" and defines "Rovism" as a "jihadi" scheme to install an "ironfisted theocracy."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1999
In "At a Time When Nothing Succeeds Like Success" (Opinion, Oct. 31), Neal Gabler asserts that athletes at the top of their game are considered "poster boys for the new morality." He suggests that their success at sport allows illicit behavior to be discounted or ignored. I disagree. Gabler misuses the term "morality." While there is a more effective or less effective way to, say, hit a baseball, that action has no moral weight. It is simply a human skill that is a product of native talent and lots of learning, practice and experience.
November 20, 1994
Responding to Neal Gabler's attack against William Cash's article in Vanity Fair, "The New Establishment," I was struck by how obsessed Gabler is with Judaism; his own and others ("In a Lament of the Old 'Establishment,' Hollywood Encounters Anti-Semitism," Opinion, Nov. 13). Gabler rails against Cash for what he deems to be his "anti-Semitism" when Cash was merely stating a fact: the majority of high-level executives working in Hollywood today are Jewish males. So what? Cash's statement is no more remarkable than the New York City Police Department being staffed mainly by Irish-Americans or that most sushi chefs are Japanese.