Democratic protests mask intolerance

By Thomas Sowell The enraged speeches and street disorders across the country that accompanied the inauguration of President Bush may tell us more than we want to know about what is happening to this country. The media dignify these outbursts by calling them “protests” but what are they protesting? That they lost the election? Doesn’t […]

Press doesn’t get marching orders from government

Freedom Newspapers W hen comedian Norm McDonald was on “Saturday Night Live,” he was the anchorman on the show’s Weekend Update skit. He would read headlines from that week’s news and change portions of the stories to make them funny. At the end of the segment he would sign off with the words, “And that’s […]

Letters to the editor: Morality doesn’t stop at the party line

I am one of those heathen Democrats that a couple of your readers have spoken of recently. You know who we are … we “solicit support from homosexuals, and advocate same-sex marriages.” We are “anti-war demonstrators” and “Hollywood and news-media liberals.” PUUUUHHHLEASE! When did Republicans corner the market on morality and decency? Why do Republicans […]

Police and media must be partners, not opponents

By CNJ staff Clovis experienced another homicide last week, but much of the city did not learn of this killing until 36 hours after it happened. That’s because Police Chief Bill Carey waited until most of Clovis was asleep before releasing any information. Our police chief and his department need to do better than that. […]

Media preying on emotions of public

By Thomas Sowell A joke has President Bush and the Pope sailing down the Potomac on the Presidential yacht. The wind blows the Pontiff’s cap off and it falls into the water. President Bush orders the yacht stopped, gets off and walks across the water to retrieve the Pope’s cap. The next day’s headline in […]

Stuudent’s airing of Berg video offensive

I’ve chosen not to see the video of Nicholas Berg’s beheading. I made the same decision two years ago when a clip of Islamic terrorists decapitating a reporter named Daniel Pearl surfaced online. My reasoning is the same now as it was then. There’s something obscene about watching from a desk chair as a man’s […]

Korea endorsing Kerry certainly provides insight

Freedom Newspapers Political endorsements, like nostalgia, just aren’t what they used to be. A lot of good Al Gore’s endorsement did Howard Dean, for instance, or the endorsement of the major labor unions did Rep. Dick Gephardt in Iowa. Neither show of support could prevent these candidates from plummeting politically. Arguably, they might even have […]

No debating that Jesus is controversial

Letters to the Editor I cannot remember a film more controversial than “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand what is happening through this film. This film is not truly […]

Honesty in journalism does not require posturing

By Thomas Sowell The British Broadcasting Corporation has made itself look ridiculous by issuing orders that its reporters are not to refer to Saddam Hussein as an ex-dictator. Apparently using the word “dictator” would compromise the BBC’s neutrality and call its objectivity into question. Unfortunately, the BBC is not alone. In much of the American […]

Media responsible with mad-cow story

From the Editor’s Desk Federal health officials estimate 1 million Americans get sick each week because of the food they eat. About 6,000 of those people get sick enough for hospitalization and close to 100 of them die. And yet mad-cow disease has dominated the headlines in recent weeks. And not one American is known […]

Debunking illegal immigrant fallacies

Thomas Sowell Many Americans are concerned because millions of illegal immigrants enter this country and little seems to be done to stop them. But California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, is upset because now something is being done to catch some of them. Police raids on dozens of […]

Random thoughts on the passing scene

Thomas Sowell If you have a right to respect, that means other people don’t have a right to their own opinions. My computer operating system is so out of date that people don’t even write viruses for it any more. If the debate among candidates for governor of California did nothing else, it gave a […]

Banning media impedes suspects’ right to fair trial

Freedom Newspapers High-profile murder trials by their very nature attract a great deal of attention and interest in a community that has been touched by a heinous crime. Add the murder of children to these types of cases and the sensitivities surrounding these legal proceedings come into clearer focus. We understand and respect that appropriate […]

Kobe Bryant case creates media circus

By Ned Cantwell Why couldn’t it have been Portales? Deming? Socorro? I mean, who ever heard of Eagle, Colo.? Just about the whole world, is all. Some little New Mexico town could have been famous if Kobe Bryant had misbehaved there. Thirty-five satellite trucks showed up in Eagle, Colo., so television viewers the world over […]

New technology could return power to people

Amid all the worries about Big Brother intrusion into our lives in the name of homeland security, we’re relieved that we live in a society in which people can still fight back — using the same technology the government is deploying against us. The United States government has become enthralled with programs that use new […]

Competition heats up for ownership of Freedom

By Bernard J. Wolfson and Mary Ann Milbourn IRVINE, Calif. — A family buyout offer for Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, faces competition from several non-media investor groups among the 26 bids received late last month, according to a memo to shareholders this week. The memo, from a committee of board […]

Media marching timidly into the past

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Have you heard the news? There’s good rockin’ tonight. We’re talking girls in poodle skirts and guys with DA’s. Moondoggy’s got his old man’s Buick, so maybe later we can cruise down to the soda shop for a burger and a malted. Question authority? We don’t do that anymore, Daddy-O. Haven’t […]

Easing media restrictions will not hurt choices

Remember the days when our television choices were limited to three major networks, public television and maybe some UHF stations? When ABC, NBC and CBS dictated what appeared on television and we turned to Walter Cronkite or Huntley-Brinkley as our daily gatekeepers of television news? Today, our news and programming choices are vast and varied, […]

Media monoplies no longer a threat

The liberty to produce and distribute information is essential to a free society. That’s why we favor reducing the regulations that govern the telecommunications industry, including the relaxation of rules limiting media ownership that the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on June 2. “The FCC is considering allowing a single company to own […]

Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]