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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Monday, May 27, 2002
10:58 AM

Here is a hatchet job by the Weekly Standard on line. You guys are supposed to have editors! Associate editor Lee Bockhorn notes actor Ossie Davis's long service in Washington's Memorial Day bash and the positive reception he usually receives. He goes on to expose him as a raving fellow-traveler:

Davis, a longtime marginal star of stage and screen, is emceeing (as he has many times before) this Sunday's annual Memorial Day Concert on the Mall. The concert will be broadcast, as always, by PBS. Normally I'm all for PBS devoting its precious taxpayer-subsidized air time to patriotic fare like the Memorial Day and Fourth of July concerts on the Mall. But I can't get excited this time, because Ossie Davis is about as sleazy an apologist for communism as you'll find in showbiz--which is saying quite a lot.

He then quotes Davis saying demonstrably stupid things in a communist publication--in 1967. ANNO DOMINI NINETEEN SIXTY-SEVEN. He adds that to his knowledge, Davis has never recanted his "oft-expressed" pro-communist views. Well, fine, could you cite an example from something slightly more recent than 35 years ago? Because I don't want to be on the side that stoops to treachery to win its battle.

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