Friday, January 18, 2008

Oddments: Perot's Bumper Sticker, "Pinch's" Paper

In the midst of a report on Ross Perot’s distaste for John McCain, Jonathan Alter of Newsweek reports that “Perot isn't a Hillary hater, but he's not a fan either, relating the bumper sticker he received that reads: ‘Monica Lewinsky's Ex-Boyfriend's Wife for President.’”

The New York Time’s anti war push

Writing in National Review Online a few years ago, Stanly Kurtz opened a window on the mindset of New York Times owner Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr.: “Pinch Sulzberger was a political activist in the Sixties, and was twice arrested in anti-Vietnam protests. One day, the elder Sulzberger asked his son what Pinch calls, ‘the dumbest question I've ever heard in my life.’ If an American soldier runs into a North Vietnamese soldier, which would you like to see get shot? Young Arthur answered, ‘I would want to see the American get shot. It's the other guy's country.’ Some Sixties activists have since thought better of their early enthusiasms. Pinch hasn't.”

Locally, Kurtz said, the New York Post was beating the pants off the NYT. But, under the anti-Vietnam War protester’s hand, the paper had gone global, and its outreach had improved the Time’s bottom line. All this suggest a modification of the old anti-war slogan of the Vietnam era: Make profits, not war.

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