April 22, 2002


PERNICIOUS CROSSFIRE: The last item here is short enough that you needn't follow the link:

The GOP whisper campaign to boycott CNN's political show Crossfire has become official policy. Top leaders have told members not to go on the show because they feel cohosts and Democratic activists James Carville and Paul Begala are unfair to them and their views.

Actually, since its inception Crossfire has hurt Republicans-- but not because of "From the Left" pundits, but because of "From the Right" ones. Pat Buchanan and Bob Novak are terrible representatives of conservatism; they are both fairly unappealling, and anti-Israel, which really distorts the debate in the casual viewer's eyes (Republican administrations have always been better to the Jewish State, but you wouldn't know it from watching a Buchanan or Novak episode of Crossfire). This is no doubt one part of the reason (though cultural issues and inherited leftism also play a role) why four out of five Jews is a Democrat.

Posted by John Tabin at April 22, 2002 11:56 AM