Thursday, January 12, 2006


We enjoy Michael Brothers' column in the News-Leader; he's one of the few original voices at the paper. Even this Thursday's column is worth the read, despite Brothers' slam against Harry Belafonte, the singer who recently called President Bush "the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world."

Brothers writes :
Wow. Say what you want about Bush, but the man was elected by voters and he'll be out of office in just over three years. We'll have a chance to change in 2008.

Celebrities and entertainers have as much a right to engage in political discourse as anyone, but maybe people would take more of them seriously if some of what they said wasn't so out there.
We concur with Brothers' sentiment. That's why we're so surprised that he chose to single out Belafonte while giving a pass to "celebrities" who administer lavish butt-licks to the administration. Take Bruce Willis as an example. He told MSNBC's Rita Cosby that he'd hung out with members of the military:
[T]hese are the guys who allowed the election to take place, the election that happened just, you know, a couple months ago, to take place, which is, you know, just a monumental thing. And it's not being reported on.
All those stories about the elections in Iraq? Forget you ever saw news stories about them. They're not being reported on. Hey, at least Harry Belafonte can, you know, string together a sentence.

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