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Monday, February 02, 2004
 

Fox News award - so satirical


Geneva Overholser, ex WaPo ombud [1], is creating over the honouring of fair and balanced Brit Hume.

To my mind, it's a little victory. Most in the media suppose that it's only the other guys who are telling porkies: does the new Voice of America Al Franken include Michael Moore in his roll-call of Lying Liars? Haven't checked, but I suspect not.

Honouring Hume brings the whole objectivity farce into disrepute; and hopefully results in the average viewer (or a perceptive top slice, at least) waking up to the fact that he cannot take anything on trust from anyone. Even Mommy said there was a Santa Claus, which isn't strictly true. And if you know you can't implicitly believe your own mother... the dots self-connect, I think!

[Link via Gary Farber.]

  1. Who is cute, if this pic is her. (She's a big older in this one - still very presentable. And she's married with kids. FYI. And took a masters degree in 1971, which must make her 50+. And put her in the Claire Bloom class of looks-preservation. Or guilty of using very old publicity snaps...)

    Not to be confused with Madge Oberholtzer, the Indiana spinster and victim of Indiana Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon David Stephenson.


MORE

While the URL is to hand, a bibliography on the KKK in Indiana from the Indiana State Librarary. Beware: none of this is online! These are the holdings in Indianapolis, and most stuff, I suspect, will be hard to find elsewhere.

Why mention it, then? Indiana was, I think, the northern state with the deepest penetration of the KKK into the polity: like Egypt, in Illinois, it had its Southern areas. And Stephenson was a charismatic personality. But quite why it was so susceptible to Klan insurgency, I'm not clear. Though the length of the biblio suggests that quite a few have tried to figure the question out!

Indiana, to judge from its list of Governors, was a Republican state at the time. And I believe that the Second Klan was notorious for working with existing political set-ups in the states it went to work in.

I've mentioned Konklave in Kokomo in The Aspirin Age before, I think.


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