Media Bias

Bruce Bartlett of National Review writes that a growing body of academic research at top universities supports allegations of liberal bias in the media.

Unfairenheit 9/11

Christopher Hitchens writing in Slate puts the lie to Michael Moore.

Samaritans stop rape suspects

Lindsay Faber writing in New York Newsday reports that two men jumped off a bus in Midtown and rescued a woman and prevented two other men from raping her. The bad guys were arrested of course, but you can bet the good guys will be sued or harassed. In fact, police didn’t release their names. We need a national medal for bystanders that stop crime. The rescuers are heroes, and we should give better press to heroes than villains.

What’s going right in Iraq

Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe writes of half a dozen good-news stories in Iraq.

New Iraqi Government Wants Brutal Policing

According to the StrategyPage, Iraqis know only one way to deal with crime, and it involves far more brutal and arbitrary tactics than Americans use.

Calling the Islamic Reform Bluff

Robert Spencer writing in Human Events notes that Islam is different — and it isn’t just Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell who say this, but Muslims themselves. . . . the widespread Western assumption about Islam — that because it is a religion, it contains core teachings of love, peace and brotherhood that people of good will can emphasize against those who would twist the religion to contrary purposes — begins to ring hollow.

Saudis deserve punishment

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended Saudi Arabia join Burma, China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, and Sudan on the list of Countries of Particular Concern, for engaging in severe violations of religious freedom, which could result in sanctions.

A Different Conservatism

America has produced a more potent conservative movement than any other country. Excerpted from The Right Nation, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge.

Let’s rewrite one for The Gipper!

Ann Coulter exposes liberals’ attempts to recast Reagan as a moderate.

Right Nation 3: The Right Rules, Conservatism goes to the heart of what it means to be an American, by John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge

At this point, it is worth emphasizing the gap between conservative America and America. Despite its celebration of populism, American conservatism is not as popular as it likes to think. The Right may be in the driver’s seat and it may help to explain why the United States is different, but the Right is not the United States. In 2000 George W. Bush lost the popular vote for president by 500,000 votes. ‘I do not believe a majority of Americans shares our values,’ Paul Weyrich, the man who invented the Moral Majority, admitted during the Monica Lewinsky affair. Jim Dobson of Focus on the Family may be able to remind 8 million Americans about the evils of homosexuality, but Will & Grace, a sitcom with several openly gay characters, is watched by 20 million people a week.

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