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Friday, January 20, 2006

Kennedy/Owl controversy coverage

In a fascinating turn of events, Kennedy's membership in the Owl Club has gone from a one day retaliation over the Alito/CAP controversy in one article in the Washington Times into a full-blown aspect of the Right's anti-Kennedy noise machine. The advertisement picture on the right is all over conservative online media (Powerline, GOPUsa (thanks Dewey!), RightWingNews, the Rocky Mountain News etc.) and links to this article. Right wing bloggers continue to write about the issue, even going so far as to attack the NYTs for not reporting on it considering the fervor with which they covered Martha Burk's efforts to pressure Augusta National (home of the Master's, an important PGA golf tournament) to allow women to join. A quick search on technorati (kind of google for blogs) shows 926 results, most if not all of which appear to be referring to this particular controversy. Probably more importantly, mainstream coverage has gone beyond the blogs and Limbaughs of the world and also includes right-wing newspapers like the Boston Herald and the NY Post, as well as more objective papers like the the LA Times and many others.

What do you think? Is there now a bipartisan national consensus? Is it fair?

Believe it or not, I generally agree with the Crimson's Staff Position.


At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't related to the OWL/Kennedy issue, but I was wondering if any of you at Cambridge Common (Katie, Jersey, Andrew, or Deb) happened to read the New York Times article about attitudes towards homosexuals/bisexuals/etc. held by many members of black churches (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/21/national/21church.html). I'd be interested to hear your thoughts-- I thought it was really fascinating and really really sad.

At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, the hypocrisy of the Republicans' criticizing final clubs is enormous, especially considering final clubs, as an institution. embody the same kind of elitist, sexist ideals...you can fill in the rest.


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