FRIDAY, FRIDAY 28, 2003
HOWLER HIATUS: Were not really sure what it was. Maybe it was when we saw Zell Miller on the floor of the Senate, complaining about a reality program. Maybe it was the mindless discussions weve seen on Fox about a t-shirt worn by some high school student. But, stunned by the emptiness of the discourse, weve taken a bit of a HOWLER HIATUS. Well tell you one thing: If CBS does stage that show, its hillbilly heroes will never look as dumb as Miller did in Wednesdays speech.
On Monday, well launch some HOWLER HISTORY. As we noted again on Wednesday, we think Americans need to know how their last White House election was decided (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 2/26/03). And for the reasons we mentioned, well spend the bulk of next week on the little-limned Naomi Wolf case. By the time the Wolf flap was gimmicked in November 1999, the press elites had apparently decided to take Gore down, enacting their mighty Clinton payback. The coming war is the bargain they made. And so, every night when we watch Chris Matthews question that coming war on Hardball, we remember how hard the talker fought to bring the current president to power. The Wolf case was a startling example of the way the press corps gimmicked your election. We believe the story should be told. Well try to tell it next week.
By the way, we still strongly recommend Eric Altermans What Liberal Media? But for those who want to explore the traditions which may have helped form this presidents thinking, we also advise you to read Michael Linds intriguing book, Made in Texas.
FARHI: [Fred] Rogers taught about empowerment, the power of love and self-acceptance he did it on behalf of the defenseless and the innocent.Normally, Style is where Post writers go to prove how snide and empty they can be. We were pleased to see Farhi produce an appreciation of a serious person.
In an accompanying article, Ellen Edwards quoted Peggy Charren describing Rogers achievement. He talked to kids like people, Charren said. He never talked down to them. Did Fred Rogers talk to children as people? As we face a dangerous and defining war, its just too bad that our press elites wont talk to adults the same way.