The [Thursday] Papers
Wait a minute, I'm confused. Did Abe Lincoln die or Jerry Ford?
And then he pardoned Richard Nixon.
Ford was not a great president, he was a caretaker. And not even a very good one.
He wasn't even a very good ex-president.
The conventional wisdom has quickly congealed that Ford did the nation a great favor by granting Nixon a pardon. You know, he helped "heal" a nation.
Please. What the nation needed was a full accounting of the crimes committed by its president - down the last detail. Not out of vengeance, though a little vengeance isn't a bad thing, but out of our right to know and our duty to confront truth in order to prevent a tyrant president and his band of merry men from ever hijacking our government again. Even as a congressman, Ford was aghast at the expansion of presidential powers. He blew a historic chance to be a giant and re-orient the country after Nixon. We might not be in Iraq today if he had done so and we had learned our lessons.
How many of those now pontificating about how wise Ford was to pardon Nixon were braying about how Bill Clinton and his blowjobs weren't above the law?
"Jerry Ford never would have been considered for the White House had it not been for successive forced resignations of a vice president and president," Robert Novak writes. "He was not in the front line of Republican notables, and Nixon's choice of him surprised even Ford's closest House associates."
And contrary to pundit assertion, Ford was not an "accidental president." He was president because Nixon made him vice president for his own Machiavellian reasons.
Ford's approval rating fell 21 points after pardoning Nixon, according to a CNN report last night (Bob Dole said 40 points, but whatever). Silly Americans. They wanted justice, but the punditry wanted them to "heal."
But journalists aren't very good at thinking for themselves. Or dealing with facts.
* The pardon.
Swallow your pride, America. You were wrong. Bring the troops home.
Man vs. Child
Talk about a mismatch. Can you imagine that meeting? Stroger's aides will never let him be in that room alone.
Unasked and Unanswered
And did the NFL consult with the Bears? Were the Bears in favor? And did either of them consult with the city? Was Mayor Daley involved in the decision-making?
A little reporting might be nice.
S-T Stands For . . .
"Columnist Clarence Page's "What's in a middle name?" (Commentary, Dec. 17) was a relief. Now that I know I share a middle name with a U.S. senator (albeit with an alternative spelling), maybe I don't have to worry if I am on a terrorist watch list.
"I remember cringing when Johnny Carson once joked on The Tonight Show, during the Gulf War, about forming a 'Hussein asylum.'
"I wish I could have told him that my 6th grade classmates had already thought that one up, nearly 20 years earlier.
"Incidentally, I am not African-American, Muslim or Arab. I am German-Scottish-Irish.
"Obama and I can't be the only non-Arab, non-Muslim 'Husseins' out there.
"The way I see it, to remove the so-called stigma during the next two years, the rest of us must come out of the closet.
- Hunter Husayn Thompson, Cabery, Ill.
"Norvig, who is co-author of a best-selling textbook on artificial intelligence, said he once aspired to be a reporter himself but has lately been "appalled" by the shoddiness of the craft.
"He identifies four problems:
"1. Reporters don't do their own research; they simply "parrot back" what is told to them.
"2. Reporters lie either to advance their own careers or to serve the interests of their corporate sponsors.
"3. Reporters repeatedly show they are not capable of simple multiplication and division.
"4. Reporters are too easily manipulated by people who are wrong about an issue."
Parrots and Pirates
The Beachwood Tip Line: Slouching toward 2007.
Posted on December 28, 2006
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