The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, February 02, 2004
Fox News award - so satirical
Geneva Overholser, ex WaPo ombud , 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.]
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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