Bits & Bytes
- Freudian slip?--A headline in the November 16 Indiana Daily Student proclaims
"Bloomington United plans to fight hate crimes, literature." While the
editors probably did not mean to imply that Bloomington United will fight
literature in general, their goof highlights the danger in targeting
"hate" with legal sanctions. Going after "hate literature" evokes images
of book burnings in 1930's Berlin.
- And the Academy Award goes to--Clinton sympathizers in Congress
in the media for their reversal in sentiment about Ken Starr that was
rapid enough to cause whiplash. After complaining loudly that Starr's
report contained nothing but Monica Lewinsky and sex, they complained even
louder when Starr's testimony delved into other, potentially more
- Objection! Leading the witness--In a November 27 Dateline NBC
report anchored by Jane Pauly, Kathleen Willey's friend Julie Steele was
given a virtual open microphone to attack Ken Starr. After Pauly stated
that Starr had "sent up articles of impeachment" (he only issued a
referral--only Congress can vote on articles of impeachment), she asked
questions such as "Isn't this [the investigation] going a little far?"
and "Do you feel he [Starr] believed he already knew the truth?"
- Make up your mind--Though they include her picture prominently
with a November article titled "Local, Gay-Friendly Candidates Score
Victories," The Bloomington Beacon attacks Democratic State
Representative-elect Peggy Welch for using "right-wing rhetoric" when
expressing her reservations about legislation granting special protection
- Stand by your man--despite advice to the contrary from FBI
Director Louis Freeh, massive evidence of illegal activity on the part of
Al Gore, and demands from congress for an Independent Counsel, Janet Reno
has refused to appoint an Independent Counsel to investigate the Clinton
Administration's campaign finance scandal. People suffering from
terminal personality deficiency have to stick together, you know.