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October 06, 2005

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Larry Elder
The Borking of Bill Bennett

"I do know that it's true," said former secretary of education and drug czar William Bennett, "that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose — you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky." ...

How does one artfully say that out of a small percentage of America's population — 13 percent — blacks account for 37.2 percent of all those arrested for violent crimes, 54.4 percent of all robbery arrestees, and are the known offenders in 51.3 percent of all murders? The murder rate in the city of New Orleans stands at over 7.5 times the national average, and authorities convict only one in four arrested for homicide.

Speaking of "inartful," back in 1993, a noted civil rights leader made the following comment: "There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved." The speaker? Jesse Jackson.

Despite calls to do so, Bennett, as of this writing, refuses to apologize. Maybe Bennett awaits an apology from Al Gore's former campaign manager, Donna Brazile, who talked about the importance of defeating the Republicans: "White boys," she said, has nothing to do with "gender or race, it's an attitude. A white boy attitude is 'I must exclude, denigrate, and leave behind.' They don't see it or think about it. It's a culture." ...

Or maybe Bennett anticipates an apology from Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who told the Congressional Black Caucus: "Do you think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

Or maybe he expects an apology from NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, who said in July 2001, "[Bush] has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing, and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection." Incredibly, Bond repeated this again after September 11, 2001. »»»


Jill Stanek
Eating black licorice, aborting black babies ... who cares?

Liberal Democrat leaders – abortion extremists all – immediately censured Bennett as "hateful," "inflammatory," and "racist," and demanded he not only apologize, but that Salem Broadcasting fire him.

But pro-aborts can't have it every which way.

If abortion represents no greater moral significance than removing an appendix, what is hateful about recommending a baby's disposal if s/he is problematic?

If abortion is a sacred constitutional right, why wouldn't blacks getting abortions be celebrated as an American story of triumph? »»»


Brent Bozell
Bill Bennett vs. Jesse Jackson

The smear was unearthed by the liberal-Democrat group Media Matters for America, run by congenital liar David Brock, and Democrats quickly pounced on the opportunity to mangle Bennett's point. Typical of this shameless charade was DNC chairman Howard Dean, a man who can't go a day without making hateful, inflammatory remarks, said Bennett's "hateful, inflammatory remarks regarding African Americans are simply inexcusable."...

But the liberal outrage quickly landed in the Washington Post and the New York Times, the same newspapers that can't find space to note that anti-war hero Cindy Sheehan called President Bush "the biggest terrorist in the world," and didn't cover Air America radio host Randi Rhodes comparing bus evacuations from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans as comparable to the Holocaust.

What of the networks that ignore almost every liberal gaffe and stumble? CBS, which totally ignored Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democratic minority's second-in-command, when he compared American treatment of detainees at Guantanamo to the death camps of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, led the newscast with Bill Bennett. On NBC's "Today," Katie Couric quickly sliced up Bennett, "under fire" and "feeling the heat for saying this on the radio." Viewers then heard a clip which completely -- and deliberately -- excluded Bennett's next sentence that the argument was ridiculous and reprehensible....

What hypocrisy. These same journalists regularly refuse to scorn outrageous racial remarks by black leaders. In fact, they advance them. Jesse Jackson repeatedly compared the conditions of blacks in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to a slave ship. Now, it's fair to suggest the life of evacuees was hard. But it's an ugly and dishonest defamation to imply that America is a nation so callously racist that our indifference imprisoned black hurricane victims like slaves. »»»

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