Monthly Archives: February 2006

Disguise

Sun-Times has pic of Minister Farrakhan at Savior’s Day yesterday at the United Center, with head “FARRAKHAN SLAMS FILMMAKERS.”  But the caption (none of it is online), says he
hit “Hollywood Jews” for “promoting lesbianism, homosexuality” and other “filth” and said conservatives and Zionists manipulated President Bush into war.
That headline is misleading, I’d say, and disguises Farrakhan’s anti-semitism.  One must think Sun-Times wants to go easy on him, not upset readers, etc.  Why?  Chi Trib, on the other hand, doesn’t even have the item.  Why not?
 
Both papers carried the story last week about Gov. Blagojevich’s appointment to his Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes of Farrakhan’s “minister of protocol” — the Trib an AP story, S-T its own, by its Springfield bureau chief, Dave McKinney.  Some Jews objected (no one else apparently), citing Farrakhan’s history and last year’s Savior’s Day speech in which he said,
“Jewish people don’t have no hands that are free of the blood of us. They owned slave ships, they bought and sold us. They raped and robbed us.”
The new appointee invited commission members to attend this year’s Savior’s Day address, quoted above.  If any attended, they got the usual earful. 
 
One who would have been disappointed was commission member Richard Hirschhaut, director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, who said the speech would be a “significant litmus test” on whether the new appointee should stay or go.  He had hoped that this woman’s presence on the commission could open a dialogue with Farrakhan’s group and perhaps moderate the past anti-Semitic tone of its leader.
 
Didn’t happen.

Disguise

Sun-Times has pic of Minister Farrakhan at Savior’s Day yesterday at the United Center, with head “FARRAKHAN SLAMS FILMMAKERS.”  But the caption (none of it is online), says he
hit “Hollywood Jews” for “promoting lesbianism, homosexuality” and other “filth” and said conservatives and Zionists manipulated President Bush into war.
That headline is misleading, I’d say, and disguises Farrakhan’s anti-semitism.  One must think Sun-Times wants to go easy on him, not upset readers, etc.  Why?  Chi Trib, on the other hand, doesn’t even have the item.  Why not?
 
Both papers carried the story last week about Gov. Blagojevich’s appointment to his Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes of Farrakhan’s “minister of protocol” — the Trib an AP story, S-T its own, by its Springfield bureau chief, Dave McKinney.  Some Jews objected (no one else apparently), citing Farrakhan’s history and last year’s Savior’s Day speech in which he said,
“Jewish people don’t have no hands that are free of the blood of us. They owned slave ships, they bought and sold us. They raped and robbed us.”
The new appointee invited commission members to attend this year’s Savior’s Day address, quoted above.  If any attended, they got the usual earful. 
 
One who would have been disappointed was commission member Richard Hirschhaut, director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, who said the speech would be a “significant litmus test” on whether the new appointee should stay or go.  He had hoped that this woman’s presence on the commission could open a dialogue with Farrakhan’s group and perhaps moderate the past anti-Semitic tone of its leader.
 
Didn’t happen.

Upshot

This from Chicago Priest Rant supplies some background about M. Sneed of Sun-Times and her sources.  Hurry up and read it.

Upshot

This from Chicago Priest Rant supplies some background about M. Sneed of Sun-Times and her sources.  Hurry up and read it.

Cheney exposed

Was I the only faithful Sun-Times reader to do a double-take (you look once and then right away look again) at the Bobbsey-twin presentation yesterday, page three, under the AP Cheney-got-his-gun story
 
* Lynn Sweet (lsweet3022@aol.com) oozing irony from every pore with her very smart remarks, as “Hey, heard about cell phones?” when he said no press aide was with him and a closing “Mr. Vice President, you have to ask?” when he asked Brit Hume, “Are they going to take my word for what happened?”
 
Doug Elfman seeing Cheney in the mold of “an officer in King Louis VVI’s court — proud of a blase disdain for the people he serves” and looking “non-contrite [showing] the sneer.  The chill.” 
 
The issue here is less Sweet’s bias in cutesy drag or Elfman’s obvious distaste for his subject than editors’ placement and featuring of their brief commentaries.  It’s the sort of thing that makes an editorial point better than any editorial.  Does Sun-Times have an op-ed page?

Cheney exposed

Was I the only faithful Sun-Times reader to do a double-take (you look once and then right away look again) at the Bobbsey-twin presentation yesterday, page three, under the AP Cheney-got-his-gun story
 
* Lynn Sweet (lsweet3022@aol.com) oozing irony from every pore with her very smart remarks, as “Hey, heard about cell phones?” when he said no press aide was with him and a closing “Mr. Vice President, you have to ask?” when he asked Brit Hume, “Are they going to take my word for what happened?”
 
Doug Elfman seeing Cheney in the mold of “an officer in King Louis VVI’s court — proud of a blase disdain for the people he serves” and looking “non-contrite [showing] the sneer.  The chill.” 
 
The issue here is less Sweet’s bias in cutesy drag or Elfman’s obvious distaste for his subject than editors’ placement and featuring of their brief commentaries.  It’s the sort of thing that makes an editorial point better than any editorial.  Does Sun-Times have an op-ed page?

School editors say they were suspended for running Islamic cartoons

Very bad news out of Urbana and Champaign, IL, where there’s bowing to fascists.
 

School editors say they were suspended for running Islamic cartoons

Very bad news out of Urbana and Champaign, IL, where there’s bowing to fascists.
 

Today in city called windy

Sun-T:
 
* Zay Smith in QT pretends to be above it all with ref. to “supermarket headline of the month; FOOL AND HIS MONEY STILL TOGETHER AFTER 35 YEARS” by not saying which tabloid had it.  Come on, Zay, cough it up.  Which one?
 
* The exec committees of the priests’ council (“presbyteral,” including deacons: Presbyterians, watch out, they have your term in hand) and of the association of priests (unofficial but longstanding) defend Cardinal-Archbishop George in a blather-filled letter which hints at why Catholic sermons are so bad.  Grit your teeth and read it, like you grit them and read C. George in The Catholic (vs. what other kind?) New World every two weeks.  Turgid, believe me.
 
* The Bears’ Terry “Tank” Johnson, he think he hot stuff.  Told a downtown cop he’d bust him up were it not for his badge and gun, when the cop picked on his illegally parked vehicle on Rush St. at almost 4 a.m.  Which is why cops have badge and gun.  Bad boy, Tank.  Yo mama gonna get you.  (Don’t tell him I said this, ain’t got no badge, aint’ got no gun.)
 
Chi Trib:
 
* Monday with Charles and Dennis gives us K’hammer calling out the Muslim moderates and Byrne tilting at windmills (for power) and all in all giving us stuff to chew on energy-wise, and I don’t mean Mars bars.
 
* The NYT obit of Peter Benchley sets me straight: he’s GRANDson of Robert, who sat at the Algonquin Hotel round table with “Mrs. Parker” and features prominently in the movie of that name (plus “& the Vicious Circle,” about Dorothy.  And a splendid movie it is, with Jennifer Jason Leigh doing a star turn as Mrs. P.  Such a movie.  OPPL does not have it, unfortunately, but got it for this viewer, who is grateful.  It’s a good obit, by the way; reads well anyhow and I assume (hope?) is accurate in what it denotes and what it connotes.  Very important that last.
 
* Last but not least, the cruelly literate (cruel to her competition) Julia Keller reviews the latest Stephen King novel, Cell, as in phone, as in signalling  the end of the world.  She starts by characterizing King as a virtual force of nature, at least as writers go.  She notes his “gorgeous phrase,” “a kind of haunted avidity” and his character’s referring to cell phones — what I consider the defining character of our age, such as it is, even more than use of Internet — as the “devil’s intercoms.”
 
 She does the novel for us — and the film can’t be far away: King writes the BEST stuff for films, and gets the BEST directors and cast — and tosses in an interview with a Columbia College teacher, author of Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology, Daniel Dinello.  What’s more, she tells when and where Dinello is talking about and signing copies of his book — Hothouse, 31 E. Balbo, 6 p.m., 3/2.  Shucks, I might go there.  It’s free.  Call 312 344 7383 for more info.  That’s good: a little cultural vitality, tying local to international.

Mean ol’ Cheney

In Chi Trib possession are many pix of V.P. Cheney, but the one they like best is here, curled lip and all, or was there  5:19 PM CST today.  Personally, I picture him looking at Leaky Leahy, the slimy senator from Vermont, with this look on his face, and find it appropriate.
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