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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Tuesday, November 12, 2002
11:34 PM

I'm beginning to understand why some liberal Democrats think it's a hopeful sign that San Francisco's Nancy Pelosi will become House minority leader. They live in a bubble. They are Bubble People. Opposing ideas must be kept Outside The Bubble. In other words, it's like going to college.

Here's the policy you must agree to before registering at Ms. Magazine's online discussion board:

The Ms. boards exist to provide a space for feminists to discuss and debate issues important to them. By clicking "Agree," you are stating that you either consider yourself a feminist, support feminism, or are open to learning more about feminism. If you are actively opposed to feminism or openly hostile to feminists, you are not welcome to post on this board. If you do post messages that are insulting, mocking, demeaning, harassing or threatening to feminists or feminism, you will be banned from the boards. This is a private community.

Hmm, private community, ringing a bell, can't quite place it....

Compare this to Free

The Free Republic forum is intended for Conservative users who wish to have a serious discussion about political events, conservative principles and the elimination of government corruption and abuse. This is a news and information site not a chat room. Please stay on topic. Free Republic is a supporter of free speech on the Internet but we believe that along with the privilege of free speech comes the responsibility to respect the rights of others.

Both boards are intended to boost the interests of their own communities, of course. But Free Republic does not impose an outright ban on people with different views. It can be rough on contrarians--liberals, for example--but that's the nature of being a gadfly. In contrast, Ms. Magazine posts a No-Diversity sign on its clubhouse door. You think Hootie Johnson is behind this?

Since no one is present at Ms. Magazine to point out the downside of a Pelosi-led minority, you get posts like this:

Yay!! Maybe there is a silver lining to the Republican sweep after all.

And :

I've always liked Pelosi. I hope she'll pull the party left and give people a reason to vote Democratic.

While over in Free Republic, a typical header reads:

Pelosi: Dream Come True for Republicans?

And a Cal Thomas column is featured:

If, as expected, House Democrats elect Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco as their new minority leader on Thursday (Nov. 14), they will have given Republicans two major victories in less than 10 days. The first victory, on Election Day, gave Republicans control of Congress and the White House for the first time in half a century. The second will come with the election of Pelosi as minority leader. It will allow Republicans to again invoke the image of Democrats as the big-government, high-taxing, over-regulating, entitlement-establishing, unaccountable, irresponsible, gun-confiscating, totalitarian-coddling, peace-at-any-price, ACLU card-carrying, same-sex- marrying, unrestricted-aborting, anything-goes philosophy of the...

Well, you get the idea.

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