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Friday, February 24, 2006

The Rest Of The Story

I know the reporters at Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech's student newspaper, are still in apprentice mode. So they shouldn't be judged too harshly when one of them files a report that misses half the story. And I understand that it is Black History Month so we are supposed to be deferential (I just finished watching a news segment on a local Greensboro TV channel about a 74-year old black school bus driver ...?)

Fine.

But I think the Times could have been more accurate in its description of one of Tech's recent guest speakers. Professor Angela Davis was on campus to talk about Martin Luther King and to trash George Bush. Here's how her biography is presented by the reporter:
Activist Davis speaks about Black History Month
Saira Haider, News Assistant


Professor, social activist and third-party vice-presidential nominee Angela Davis ... (link)
By God, a true American hero. Well, not exactly. Angela is actually an avowed marxist and the "third-party" she represented in both the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections was the Communist Party USA.

A minor point not worth mentioning, I suppose.

The fact that she was on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List" in the 1970's after it was discovered that a firearm she owned had been used to murder a California judge and three other innocent people and the fact that she had fled didn't seem to rise to the level of biographical information either. (link)

No. We get "professor, social activist and third-party vice-presidential nominee ..." like she is someone for whom we should offer respect, even admiration.

Angela Davis deserves our contempt and the denunciations she's been receiving for the last thirty years. And the editor at Collegiate Times needs to give its novice reporter a tutorial in Reporting 101.

Expose Them!

The Roanoke Times in an editorial this morning sheds light on a misguided attempt by the House of Delegates to silence pediatricians (!):

Don't gag doctors about gun safety
Virginia House bill prevents pediatricians from talking to parents about kids and firearms.
The Roanoke Times

Doctors should make a deal with the General Assembly: Physicians won't attempt to legislate if legislators quit trying to practice medicine.

A bill that would gag pediatricians who discuss gun safety with the parents of their patients passed the Virginia House of Delegates last week, and is under consideration in the Senate. (link)

I'll not touch on the silly notion that gun safety somehow has anything to do with practicing medicine.

Instead I'd like to agree with the Times and condemn the attempt on the part of the delegates - no matter how well-intentioned - to keep gun ban politics out of a routine doctor visit.

Having said that, I'd also call upon the Roanoke Times to routinely publish the names of the beanbrains who are "practicing medicine" by scaring - unnecessarily - the beejeebers out of their patients. With all the communicable diseases and drug issues out there, only a moron - and an incompetent - would feel the need to lecture people on gun accidents - a statistically rare occurrence - of all things.

Expose these "doctors" before they harm someone!

Deja Vu

Didn't we have to endure this bit of hucksterism once before?

Kaine ready to call 'extended session'
By Seth McLaughlin and Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

RICHMOND -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said yesterday that he is prepared to call a special session if lawmakers can't agree on how to pay for improving the state's transportation system.

"If we don't get a deal that addresses transportation in a comprehensive way then we'll have an extended session or a special session," Mr. Kaine told The Washington Times yesterday. (link)

It is completely up to a handful of Republicans in the senate as to whether or not Tim Kaine gets his transportation plan and his massive tax increase.

Let's hope they come to their senses - soon.