Magazine article Insight on the News

Baseball Baffles Lieberman and Schumer; Sisulu's Rightful Titles. (THE INSIDER)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Baseball Baffles Lieberman and Schumer; Sisulu's Rightful Titles. (THE INSIDER)

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In its long and glowing obituary of Walter Sisulu, the Washington Post declared of the late South African firebrand that "Sisulu held no title beyond that of hero." To the contrary, Comrade Sisulu held the titles of Communist, Hero of the Soviet Union and Terrorist Bomber, none of which was mentioned by the hero-worshipping Post.

* Speaking of Joe Lieberman's campaign for president, which has been ignoring the left-wing activists who control the Democratic National Convention, George Will reminds the Connecticut senator: "You cannot steal first base."

* Say it ain't so, Larry. Upon learning that documents captured in Iraq show that the French Foreign Ministry regularly informed its counterparts in Baghdad of the contents of private communications from London and Washington, former U.S. secretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger said dryly, "France is not our friend."

* You know why Paris knows the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction? They still have the receipts.

* The world changes so little that when the New York City cops spotlighted the famed Monkey Bar (where Tallulah Bankhead, Tennessee Williams and Marlon Brando used to hang out) for tolerating an infestation of hookers, the owner fired entertainer Michael Garin, who had performed there for nine years. Why me, he asked, "I'm just the piano player."

* Murdoch's Fox network led the basic-cable-TV ratings in April with 3.5 million viewers in prime time. CNN drew an average of 2.3 million and MSNBC 1.2 million.

* The French, Belgians, Luxembourgers and Germans have announced a brigade-size joint military force. Apparently, the other three convinced the Germans they all should surrender together.

* That old commie Fred J. Cook, a Cold War regular at The Nation, maintained to the end (at 92, shortly after April Fools' Day) that his use of the "Fairness Doctrine" to knock paid conservative broadcasts off the air during the 1960s was his own idea. But Fred W. Friendly, a former president of CBS and a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, revealed in 1975 that Cook fronted an effort by the Democratic National Committee and the Johnson administration to get the Federal Communications Commission to silence political opponents and thwart the fast-growing conservative movement.

* Of the 11.5 percent of the U.S. population that is foreign-born, 52 percent were born in Latin America or the Caribbean, 25.5 percent in Asia and only 14 percent in Europe.

* The five largest weekday newspapers in the United States during the last six months were USA Today (2. …

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