Sunday, January 12, 2003
PostWatch reader Fred Ray writes with two interesting items.
First, he says that contrary to my joust below, Al Sharpton owes Steven Pagones $65,000. "He
hasn't paid a cent and probably never will, since he now has no assets of his own," Fred writes. I don't exactly know how that would be the case--Sharpton wears some pretty nice suits these days, even if they don't cost $65,000--but I do vaguely recall that soon after the judgment was announced, there was a lot of trouble collecting the funds. I assumed it had finally been paid because during the exchange on Meet the Press, Tim Russert said "you paid $65,000" for the defamation suit. Either Russert misspoke or he had bad information. If that's wrong, sorry for passing it on.
Second, Fred notes another "Augusta Remains Silent" story--that is, a paper that creates a story by noting someone hasn't said something the editors, in their wisdom, think he should. This week's version: Bush Plans No Apology Over Lott Remarks:
The White House and the Republican Party have decided against taking overt steps to make amends for racially charged remarks by Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) because President Bush's aides said he has nothing to apologize for and should not pander, officials said.
There is some interesting information in the story, however:
Most significantly, Bush officials said he may go with his initial instinct and register his objections to race-based preferences in the University of Michigan's admissions, which are being reviewed by the Supreme Court in the biggest affirmative action case in a generation.
I certainly hope so. The Washington Times was writing last week that the Administration was leaning toward the duck-and-cover approach.