Saturday, October 1


All this defending of Bill Bennett's remarks is absurd. In the past few days I've heard Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh and others furiously spinning that (a) they were taken out of context; (b) that Bill Bennett is a fabulous American worth a hundred of any blood-sucking, war-opposing freak of a liberal and how dare anyone criticize the czar of virtue even if he IS a hypocritical compulsive gambler and racist; and/or (c) he didn't mean what he said, it's been misinterpreted.

Well, I was listening to his original broadcast, I've listened to his like-minded radio hosts play it again and again, and I still hear only one thing: Bill Bennett singling out African-Americans, not whites or any other minority group, to associate them with crime: "But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."

Yes, he said that would be morally reprehensible; yes, he was speaking about specious theories and extrapolations of data that link abortion and economics. None of that matters. He's being criticized for linking blacks, and blacks only, to crime.

"These are the facts. And they are not in dispute."


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