Friday, January 13, 2006

Final Score: Alito 42, Democrats 0

You've probably heard the one about Ted Kennedy belonging to an all-male club while he was in college. So Kennedy's questions to Sam Alito regarding his membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton have a whiff of ... what's the word? It begins with an h. "Hypostasis"? It escapes me.

Anyway, it seems there's more. The very quotes that Kennedy used in his questioning were clearly and deliberately lifted from context in a way that distorted them.

As it happens, distinguished conservative pundit and writer Dinesh D'Souza worked for Concerned Alumni of Princeton in the early 80s. He knew the context of Kennedy's quotation of the CAP newsletter:

People nowadays just don't seem to know their place. Everywhere one turns blacks and hispanics are demanding jobs simply because they're black and hispanic.

And guess what? It was a satire piece.

We salute ABC News for at least letting reporter Jake Tapper post this on his blog. We'll know that they're ready for the new media environment when they run such stories on the evening news. Not that anyone will be watching by then.

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