Skip to comments.Larry Sabato: Fair-minded Professor or Partisan Hack?
Posted on 09/28/2006 4:49:51 PM PDT by freespirited
A Powerline blog entry posted here this morning started me thinking about the origins of this week's hit pieces on Senator Allen. I would like to call attention to a few excerpts from this week's deluge.
NY Times 9/26/06: "Christopher Taylor, now an anthropology professor at the Birmingham campus of the University of Alabama, said he heard Mr. Allen use an epithet to describe African-Americans in the early 1980s. ...[He] initially wrote of his recollections in a private e-mail message to a **colleague** after the macaca incident. The message was eventually **forwarded to The New York Times**"
According to Allens-A-team blog the colleague was UVA professor Fred Damon, who is married to a Dem activist. It sounds like Damon forwarded the message to others and a later recipient sent it to the Times.
NY Times: 9/27/06: "Mrs. Hawkins, who described herself as a rural Virginia housewife and an active Democrat, said in an interview Tuesday that she heard Mr. Allen use the slur repeatedly at a party on election night in 1976....She described her recollections in **an e-mail message forwarded** to The New York Times."
Hmmm. So who might receive an email from a Virginia housewife and/or Fred Damon at UVA and forward those emails to the NY Times? Keep reading for one possibility.
Rush Transcript of Sabato interview on Cable TV ( http://powerlineblog.com/archives/015397.php )
SABATO: ... What I have said and have made clear is that the individual who's came forward in the New York Times and other publications such as The New Republic contacted me quite some time ago, at least some in some cases and they made the allegation, they provided circumstances and evidence that is credible ...**And they were sent to news organizations. And it was up to the news organizations to confirm them to a level of comfortability necessary for publication. That is precisely what happened. That has appeared in the newspapers.**
In addition, Sabato's spokesman, Matt Smyth, wrote Powerline: "Larry is not a journalist, and as a result he does not investigate these types of stories; he simply was contacted by the sources and **forwarded them to members of the media.**"
Smyth added that Sabato refused to elaborate to Chris Matthews the other night due to assurances he had given reporters. "Larry was unable to reveal the extent of this during the Hardball interview because of his promise to the reporters who were breaking the rest of the story the next day." (Understood, Matt. Virginians wouldn't want their taxpayer-funded professors to be more concerned with scholarly considerations, like documenting their assertions, than kowtowing to the media.)
Well folks? Any thoughts on Virginia's Nattering Nabob of Nonpartisanship?
Inside Info: Is Larry Sabato a partisan in disguise?
self | 09-27-06 | WL-Law
Posted on 09/27/2006 11:53:22 AM CDT by WL-law
Many are questioning whether Larry Sabato's issued, then modified, then somewhat-withdrawn accusations against Sen. Allen amount to Sabato unmasking himself as a democrat partisan, posing as an impartial observer.
I can add one new fact that I have personal knowledge of, one that is somewhat curious, and potentially relevant.
Here it is: the person that Allen referred to as "Macaca", the person who was stalking the Allen campaign, is one of Sabato's students, in Sabato's class at UVA. I don't know whether this fact has been disclosed anywhere.
If he's a professor, he's a partisan hack. With the exception of Walter Williams, you can take this to the bank.
He is a HACK!
I enjoyed Newt's response to Alan Colmes when posed this question yesterday. After calling Sabato a lefty, Colmes said "No he isn't." Newt said "So, then why did you ask me the question?!"
I vote-political hack.
Sabata has lost all credibility with his uncorroborated attacks on George Allen.
Potent potables for $200 dollars please.
Is it that hard to sue the pants off of some reporter for slander or libel? If the report is only based on heresay and gossip, then to print it should be considered libel. Basically, no publication in this land should be allowed to print information that could be considred libelous unless they cite first person witnesses or accounts. Otherwise, there should be a minimum fine,at the least, and the opportunity for the harmed individual to take the publication to the cleaners. If this were the case, the NYTs would have been out of business years ago.
What little credibility he MAY have had after the '04 election cycle is totally gone........
Never thought he was anything but a hack.
I vote Homosexual Jack
Jack has been in this business too long to know that the definitive statement he made about Allen was done to hurt Allen. As a result he will now be known as what he really is... a partisian HACK.
I wish I had his office phone number.
Anybody got it.
But "Homosexual Jack" has such a nice ring to it!
Actually the REAL scandal is Webb terrorizing blacks in Watts by pointing the fake guns at them. I would have paid to see Webb and his idiot friends getting beat up by that pissed off black guy.
Morgan, do you have a fever?
I have a little inside baseball on this. The guy became a student after the controversy. Though the way he did so is rather interesting.
Sabato's PoliSci classes are so in demand that prospective students have to write an entrance essay in order to be considered for the class. While other students slaved away at their keyboards, the student in question did a little less work. He simply turned in an "essay" composed entirely of this one sentence: "I am macaca."
He was accepted into the class...