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  • US Supreme Court to review Conrad Black's conviction

    05/18/2009 10:15:54 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 309+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/18/2009 | Alex Spillius
    The US Supreme Court agreed yesterday to consider overturning the fraud conviction Conrad Black, the former owner of The Daily Telegraph, who is serving a 6 1/2 year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice. The court's justices will hear arguments later this year over the convictions of Black, the former chairman and chief executive of Hollinger International, and two other former executives in connection with payments of $5.5 million (£3.6m) they received from a Hollinger subsidiary. The men argued that they did not commit fraud because they did no harm to the company. They turned to the highest US...
  • Ditka calls Obama 'the worst president we've ever had'

    03/04/2016 7:40:36 AM PST · by simpson96 · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 4, 2016 | Chris De Luca
    Former Bears coach Mike Ditka, who has repeatedly voiced his support for Donald Trump to the Chicago Sun-Times, blasted President Obama during a radio appearance Thursday."Obama is the worst president we've ever had," Ditka told hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernard McGuirk during an appearance on their morning show on WABC-AM in New York.Ditka, who guided the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl victory, questioned Obama’s skills as a leader. "Barack Obama's a fine man. I mean, he's pleasant," Ditka said. "He would be great to play golf with. He's not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It...
  • Sun-Times Columnist 'Celebrates' Fourth of July by Calling Republicans the 'Treason Party'

    07/04/2012 7:30:03 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 4, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    On a day when most normal Americans are relaxing and celebrating the Fourth of July with family and friends, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg is giving full vent to his Liberal Rage Syndrome by angrily lashing out at Republicans by labeling them as the "treason party." Oh, he pretends he COULD be labeling them as such but won't. However, this disingenous denial is belied by the fact that reading his column leaves no doubt that he is most definitely making that accusation. And for those few people who are actually fooled by his lame denial, there is the very title...
  • Rahm Emanuel’s Sun-Times Interview Is Predictably Hostile

    10/16/2010 8:52:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/16/10 | Frances Martel
    Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for mayor of Chicago is going… well, mostly as expected. The feisty former Congressman has been conducting “listening tours” of the city where he’s been caught using hand sanitizer (!) after talking to constituents and driving reporters to paroxysms of violent rage. Now he brings the fun to the Chicago Sun-Times, who describe him as “characteristically combative” and “downright annoyed” at some of their questions. The interview is the first extended one he has given since the announcement he is running for mayor, sitting with reporter Fran Spielman and answering some...
  • Top Ten most Left-Biased American Journalists: #10 = Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times

    07/14/2010 11:11:12 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/14/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Over the next ten we will present to you America's top ten journalists that are most biased to the left. On this list you will find denizens of the Old Media that just can't seem to help themselves from delivering the news with a leftward tilt, journalists for whom balance means to condemn all Republicans and conservatives, folks that never met a righty they could like much less agree with or even report upon fairly. This list will be peopled by journos that, in true Kealian fashion, simply can't understand those Republicans and/or conservatives. After all, these journalists never met...
  • A Mess of a Column, Cuz News papers are Raaaacist

    03/09/2010 12:15:29 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies · 76+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 03/09/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    For the Chicago Sun-Times, columnist Laura Washington laments the degraded state of American newspapers. She says that “hard news” has been replaced by “fluff and titillating trash.” Washington also cries that real news is an “endangered species.” But if newspaper writing has been laid low, Laura Washington’s column is an example of that wretched state as opposed to an example of the opposite as this is one of the messiest columns I’ve seen in a while. And naturally it’s all because of raaaacism according to Washington. Washington starts her piece scolding the news media for missing the Scott Lee Cohen...
  • Chicago Sun-Times Union Rejects Demands for Cuts (yet another union slits its own throat)

    09/18/2009 8:08:44 AM PDT · by catnipman · 17 replies · 980+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/17/2009 | AP
    Unionized workers in the Chicago Sun-Times' newsroom have rejected demands for deep pay cuts and work-rule changes, putting at risk a planned sale of the financially struggling newspaper to an investment group. ... Members of the Chicago Newspaper Guild were asked to lock in temporary 15% compensation cuts and agree to wiping out seniority rules and reducing severance guarantees. The union rejected those demands 83-22 Tuesday. Sun-Times Media Chairman Jeremy Halbreich has told workers that a rejection will mean the end of the company.
  • (Chicago) Sun-Times Group Loses $169 Million In Q3 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/07/2008 4:45:58 AM PST · by abb · 29 replies · 788+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | November 6, 2008 | Mark Fitzgerald
    Sun-Times Media Group Inc. reported late Thursday a net loss of $168.8 million, or $2.04 per diluted share, narrowing slightly its loss of $192.4 million, or $2.39 per share, from a year ago -- but forcing the company to impose a new round of deep cuts, its CEO said. Last summer, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and dozens of other Chicago-area papers completed an extensive round of expense cuts by reducing staff by 19%, outsourcing distribution, and cutting the physical size of its newspapers. "In the first half of 2008, we successfully implemented a $50 million annual cost reduction,...
  • Palin gets hearts beating on both sides (BARF alert)

    09/01/2008 4:59:29 PM PDT · by Impy · 55 replies · 723+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9-1-08 | RICHARD ROEPER
    'We're the ones with the babe on the ticket." -- Rush Limbaugh, crowing about the Republican ticket. Rush was talking about Sarah Palin, right? But hey, maybe he's got a man-crush on McCain. As Limbaugh and others drool over Palin's Suzanne Pleshette-circa-1975 attractiveness, the governor of Alaska has become an overnight celebrity. Of course, such fame is relative. As of Sunday, if you googled "Sarah Palin," you got 453,000 hits. If you googled "Kim Kardashian," you got more than 7.8 million hits. God Bless America. But over the last few days, a lot of us were learning all about the...
  • Chgo Sun-Times Columnist Quits, Says Newspaper is 'Dying' and 'Can't Compete on Web'

    08/29/2008 8:04:59 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 2 replies · 92+ views ^ | 08/29/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Jay Mariotti, a firebrand sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, announced he is quitting the print biz loudly proclaiming that newspapers are "dying" and that he didn't want to go down with the ship of the struggling industry. Naturally, the management of the Sun-Times is not amused. Mariotti told Chicago's CBS 2 news that newspapers are in serious trouble and he wanted out before he was forced out. "It's been a tremendous experience, but I'm going to be honest with you, the profession is dying,'' Mariotti told CBS 2, "I don't think either paper [Sun-Times or Chicago Tribune] is going...
  • Rezko cash three times more what Obama admits: Sun-Times

    03/09/2008 1:00:17 PM PDT · by jdm · 39 replies · 1,684+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 09, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    When attempting to defuse an embarrassing situation, the best strategies rely on early and full disclosure in the hope that the eventual revelations prove anti-climactic. Barack Obama apparently hasnÂ’t learned this yet, but the Tony Rezko trial may wind up schooling Obama on the principle. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rezko and his associates provided three times as much money for Obama than the presidential candidate has admitted: During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago...
  • NYSE Halts Trading Of (Chicago) 'Sun-Times' Parent As Stock Slips To $1 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/24/2008 5:24:56 AM PST · by abb · 22 replies · 209+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | February 23, 2008 | Staff
    CHICAGO The New York Stock Exchange halted on-the-floor trading of Sun-Times Media Group Inc. (STMG) when its share price opened at $1.00. Under NYSE regulations, floor trading is stopped whenever a company's stock slips below $1.05 per share. Trading on the Chicago Sun-Times parent company (NYSE: SVN) continued on other platforms, and in after-hours trading late Friday the share price rose to $1.09, up 9 cents or 9%. In the past 52 weeks STMG -- which in addition to the woes of nearly every big-city publisher has suffered from alleged looting of hundreds of millions by former top executives including...
  • Dan Proft: Understanding the Sun-Times' Attack on Religion

    02/20/2008 8:14:45 AM PST · by JulianaJohnson · 10 replies · 106+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | 2/20/08 | Dan Proft
    Is the Chicago Sun-Times, currently on the auction block, hoping to be purchased by either Bill Maher or Christopher Hitchens? In a staff editorial yesterday arguing that Mike Huckabee's continued presence in the Republican race for President is actually aiding John McCain by making McCain look more moderate, the Sun-Times issues the following edict, "Huckabee has no chance of being elected president. And thank God for that, too. This is a man who believes the world was created in six days." (Click here:,CST-EDT-edit19b.article) There are two ways to react to this. We could demand to know which of the...
  • (Chicago) Sun-Times Media Group up for sale (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/04/2008 2:26:36 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies · 63+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 4, 2008 | David Roeder
    Sun-Times Media Group Inc. said Monday it is up for sale and open to a deal that will reward shareholders while securing the future of its Chicago-area newspapers and Web sites. The company's chief executive officer, Cyrus Freidheim Jr., said the board agreed to explore a sale because several key management initiatives are well under way. In recent weeks, the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times has trimmed $50 million in annual costs, more than 10 percent of its overhead, and settled a tax liability with Canadian authorities. He said the company would consider all alternatives, including partnerships and the sale...
  • Dick Simpson Whitewashing 60s Radicals

    12/10/2007 5:25:58 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 34+ views
    New Media Journal ^ | 12/10/07 | Warner Todd Huston
    They always say that the passage of time sometimes dulls the memory of a person's past, that oft times only the good memories remain. More often, though, time plus a large dollop of myth making and lies creates a whole new world out of the past. Dick Simpson is more evidence of the later than the former. In a whitewashing of the foolishness and destruction wrought by his anti-American comrades in the vaunted "summer of love," Chicago Sun-Times columnist Simpson wonders "Can we revive '60s-era ideals?" Surely, anyone who has a clear memory of those tumultuous days would quickly reply,...
  • Sun-Times Writer 'Harassed by Irate Republicans' Over 'Staunch Republican' for Dems Story

    07/19/2007 7:56:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies · 1,412+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston
    Jennifer Hunter, the Chicago Sun-Times writer and wife of Sun-Times publisher John Cruickshank, who wrote the recent story skewered here on Newsbusters revealing a supposed "staunch Republican" from Philly who has suddenly decided to support the Democrats in 2008, has written a new piece today claiming she is being "harassed by a group of irate Republicans" because of her badly researched column. (The interviewee in her piece claimed to be a "staunch Republican" even as his cash donation records prove he almost exclusively supports Democrats) Her follow up, however, seems more like the kid caught with her hand in the...
  • 'Sun-Times': Cancel That Left Turn (Chicago newspaper says "nevermind")

    07/15/2007 7:46:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 23 replies · 1,895+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | July 14, 2007 | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO Conrad Black, who led the thieving band of executives that put the Chicago Sun-Times pretty far down the road to ruin, had just been convicted in a Chicago federal courthouse, but Publisher John Cruickshank had something more urgent to talk about Friday afternoon in the tabloid's offices. "We're not going to start being a Democratic paper or a liberal paper or a conservative paper or an ideological paper -- we're an independent paper," he said. "We're not going to be a small L liberal paper. We're not going to bind ourselves to a party or ideology in anything." On...
  • Sun-Times Media Group reports $34.9 million loss (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/08/2006 5:14:00 PM PST · by abb · 7 replies · 293+ views ^ | November 8, 2006 | Staff
    CHICAGO The Sun-Times Media Group, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, is reporting a 34-point-9 (m) million dollar third-quarter loss because of declining advertising and circulation revenue. Sun-Times officials also say they have found that the grant dates on some stock option awards to executives and key employees from 1999-to-2002 were misdated. It says the amounts resulting from options misdating do not appear to have had a material impact on financial results. But the company will determine whether the misdating will require the restatement of affected prior-year results. The net third-quarter operating revenues declined 13 percent to 99-point-one (m) million dollars...
  • Sun-Times publisher enduring `tough year' (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/23/2006 2:55:26 AM PDT · by abb · 9 replies · 348+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 23, 2006 | Phil Rosenthal
    Weakening circulation among the challenges faced by Cruickshank As temperatures turned seasonably brisk, John Cruickshank was waiting for his home furnace to be fixed Friday. Not that he needs one to feel the heat. That comes from simply being publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and chief operating officer for all of parent Sun-Times Media Group's area papers. As at so many newspapers, Sun-Times circulation and ad revenue are down. But Chicago's No. 2 daily's troubles are compounded by the lasting effects of the Draconian profit margins demanded by the company's now-indicted former bosses and the still-healing wounds of a circulation...
  • Sun-Times - Forget the Kids, Couples -- Sex is More Important

    09/13/2006 5:41:57 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 66 replies · 1,733+ views ^ | 9/13/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    We have been focusing on politics quite a bit of late in our conservative pundit circles. Of course, we have an election upcoming and a lot of serious forces of evil facing us effecting our foreign policy choices, so it is understandable. As the old Chinese curse goes; May you live in interesting times. Anyway, that is all well and good, but we should not lose focus on the other, societal issues that we face on an ongoing basis where it concerns our Media and their inability to reflect the mores of the average citizen as well as the radical...
  • Yusef Jackson invests in first media venture ( Burke buying another paper ? )

    06/30/2006 6:50:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 328+ views
    Chicago Business ^ | June 29, 2006 | Gregory Meyer
    Beer distributor Yusef Jackson has finally added a coveted title: publisher... Son of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is attempting to resuscitate Radar, a saucy New York culture magazine that folded last year. He also said he’s hungry for other media properties, including the Chicago Sun-Times, for which he was an unsuccessful suitor in 2004, and possibly properties Tribune Co. sells off as it pares $500 million in assets amid a corporate restructuring. Mr. Jackson declined to say who his co-investors are in Radar. In 2004 he sought to buy the Sun-Times with California billionaire Ron Burkle, but he...
  • Court OK's 'Sun-Times' Circulation Lawsuit Settlement

    01/24/2006 4:30:19 AM PST · by abb · 169+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | Staff
    CHICAGO Cook County (Ill.) Circuit Court Judge Bernetta D. Bush signed an order approving the final settlement of the consolidated class action lawsuits brought by advertisers who alleged they had been defrauded by the inflated circulations claimed by the Chicago Sun-Times and its suburban sibling the Daily Southtown, the papers' publishing company, Hollinger International Inc., said Monday. Under the terms of the settlement, which Hollinger disclosed last September, the company willl pay the complaining advertisers $7.7 million in cash plus up to $7.3 million in free or discounted advertising. Hollinger also said it would also pay the legal costs of...
  • Hollinger: 'Sun-Times' Cluster Results 'Disappointing,' May Cut 10% of Workforce (DME Alert)

    01/20/2006 5:05:52 AM PST · by abb · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | Jan 19, 2006 | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO Hollinger International said Thursday it expected 2005 operating income for its Sun-Times Newspaper Group (STNG) -- virtually its only operating unit after the recent sale of its Canadian newspapers -- to be about 15% lower than the $96 million operating income it realized in 2004. At the same time, Hollinger announced a reorganization of its Chicago cluster that it said would eventually shrink the workforce by 10%, or about 300 jobs, largely through voluntary separations. The reorganization will add $16 million to $20 million to annual operating income after 2006, Hollinger said. STNG includes the publishing company's flagship Chicago...
  • Blog bullies busted

    12/09/2005 10:45:42 AM PST · by Thebaddog · 19 replies · 728+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/8/05 | MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA
    Three male students at Taft High School -- seventh- and eighth-graders in an Advanced Placement program -- were disciplined Wednesday after obscene and threatening remarks were posted about Taft staff on a Web log that reportedly had a teacher in tears when discovered this week. The issue has divided students and teachers at the Northwest Side school, with many students, even those who disagree with the nature of the remarks, defending the students' right to make them. "It's none of their business. Why are they monitoring online student journals in the first place?" demanded 16-year-old junior Fabiola Segovia. "You would...
  • FRENCH FRIED FODDER- Uncontained Riot Recharges Talk Radio's Dead Batteries

    11/07/2005 12:04:25 AM PST · by chuckpez · 7 replies · 441+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 7th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    If there's one cure for a Supreme talk radio overdose of nomination boredom, it's an uncontrollable riot. But one in France? Can internal European issues engage American audiences? While there may have been some doubt last week, there's simply no question it's now become impossible to ignore. And it's a great way to recharge talk radio's long-drained topical batteries. Aren't the angles clear? --- Why does the American media insist on avoiding the words "muslim" or "Islam" in coverage? --- How can Europeans, quick to lambaste America over "slow" Katrina response times, explain France's inability to get a handle on...
  • Ex-Hollinger executives indicted (Fraud in Chicago-- Fitzgerald says NO again)

    08/19/2005 6:48:13 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 2 replies · 443+ views
    Reuters/CNN ^ | 8-19-05
    Two former executives and a holding company in the toppled media empire of Conrad Black were charged with fraud for diverting $32 million in fees generated by newspaper sales, prosecutors said on Thursday. David Radler, who was president and chief operating officer of Hollinger International Inc., Hollinger's in-house lawyer Mark Kipnis, and Ravelston Corp. Ltd., Black's insolvent Toronto-based holding company, were charged in a seven-count indictment alleging fraud. In the latest blow to Black's unraveling empire, prosecutors alleged that when newspapers were sold the defendants pocketed payments disguised as non-compete fees. Such agreements prohibit the seller from opening a rival...
  • A Liberal Rethinks His Position on Iraq

    02/01/2005 5:58:52 PM PST · by fourthrider · 5 replies · 168+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 02/01/05 | fourthrider
    Liberal columnist, Michael Brown writing for the Liberal Chicago Sun-Times -- to Mr Browns' credit -- raises the the question "What if George Bush Has Been Right All Along on Iraq?" Again to Mr Browns's credit he lays out what his thinking was and has been regarding US involvement in Iraq, but then says he cannot dismiss the facts he saw this past Sunday when millions of Iraqis, in the face of death, went to the polls to vote. This moment transported him, he did not expect any such thing to happen...WHY is it that liberals have absolutely no understanding...
  • Fire breaks out at former (Chicago) Sun-Times building

    12/29/2004 9:33:36 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies · 195+ views
    AP ^ | December 29, 2004
    No one was hurt in a fire Wednesday morning at the former Chicago Sun-Times building, which is being demolished to make way for a 90-story condominium and hotel tower developed by real estate mogul Donald Trump. Fire investigators would interview the 22 construction workers who were in the building, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.
  • Sun-Times (Chicago) says it's time to shift command to Kerry

    10/23/2004 5:19:03 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 36 replies · 988+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | October 23, 2004 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) Though President Bush initially faced the war on terrorism head-on, he has lead the country on a course that ``feels wrong,'' and Sen. John Kerry's leadership could give the United States a fresh start, the Chicago Sun-Times said in its Sunday editions. The newspaper endorsed Kerry and applauded his leadership style, saying he is not a weakling and his moderate views would close the rifts Bush has intensified. (My note: LIES, LIES and LIES) ``The course America is on today feels wrong our attempts to defend ourselves have somehow drawn the contempt of the world, and we think...
  • Kerry's Looking for American Failure-And He's It.

    09/25/2004 5:30:38 AM PDT · by heckler · 53 replies · 1,950+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 09-26-2004 | Mark Steyn
    In this respect, John Kerry isn't exactly the best advertisement for his Swiss finishing school. Forget the impeccable carriage -- if you imagine you're watching streaming video on a slow dial-up connection, his gait seems perfectly natural. But the manners thing seems to have passed him by entirely. His decision to break the time-honored tradition of keeping out of the way during the other guy's convention by rushing on the air within an hour of President Bush's speech to give an instant response was boorish and petty. But, given that his ''midnight rambler'' routine in Ohio was a disaster, there...
  • I am a bit disapointed

    09/20/2004 4:43:09 PM PDT · by Marine_Uncle · 88 replies · 1,462+ views
    Marine_Uncle ^ | 9/20/04 | Marine_Uncle
    I posted an article by Bob Novak from the Chicago SUN Times regarding plans for this administration to pull our troops out of Iraq somethime during 2005 time frame. Within less then a minute it was dropped from forum. In my statements I made it clear I was a conservative republican and had no alterative agenda other then to post the article to get opinions etc..
  • We must unite against Islamic fascist bullies

    09/06/2004 10:48:01 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 35 replies · 858+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 06 2004 | MARY LANEY
    Let's call them what they are and quit pussyfooting around. The terrorists who are kidnapping and bombing and hijacking around the world are Islamic fascists. They are a minority who have hijacked one of the world's great religions and now besmirch the tenets of that noble faith. They are ready to kill anyone they find who doesn't believe in the same extreme doctrines they've had pumped into their heads. They call their enemies infidels who should die. And to learn how to kill us, they've taken training at the same al-Qaida terror camps. The Chechens who took over a grade...
  • The looting of the Sun-Times

    09/01/2004 8:32:33 PM PDT · by endthematrix · 15 replies · 632+ views
    Sun-Times ^ | Sept 1, 2004 | Eric Herman
    Through schemes large and small, top executives fleeced the company that owns the Chicago Sun-Times, pocketing more than $400 million, or 95 percent of the profits over seven years, according to a report made public Tuesday. The company, Hollinger International, sits at the center of a heated battle between controlling shareholder Conrad Black and the board of directors -- in particular, a "special committee" of directors investigating Black. The 513-page report, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Monday, represents the findings of an adviser hired by the committee to probe Black's dealings. The adviser, former U.S. Securities and...
  • Virus Alert!

    08/29/2004 2:08:35 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 9 replies · 448+ views
    29 AUG 2004 | me
    I received two emails today from the sun times out of london, both emails had the legitimate email address from, both emails contained the mm!beagle virus. Good thing I followed proper protocol and scanned them because I often receive email from them.
  • Daniel Pipes: 'Terrorism' battle is really fight against Islamism

    08/17/2004 1:34:53 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 872+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 17 2004 | DANIEL PIPES
    In a striking admission, George W. Bush said the other day that that ''We actually misnamed the war on terror. It ought to be [called] the struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies and who happen to use terror as a weapon to try to shake the conscience of the free world.'' This important concession follows growing criticism of the misleading term ''war on terror'' (how can one fight a tactic?) and replaces it with the more accurate ''war on ideological extremists.'' With this change, the battle of ideas can begin. But who exactly are those...
  • How Bush is beating terrorism

    07/26/2004 10:23:58 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 633+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 25 2004 | RICHARD S. WILLIAMSON
    Is America safer today than we were four years ago? Yes, absolutely! Throughout the 1990s the terrorist threat grew, Americans were attacked and Americans were killed. The terrorists threw down a gauntlet and America said, ''Excuse me, you dropped your glove.'' Four years ago, in Afghanistan, al-Qaida was training and sending out thousands of terrorists. Pakistan had a significant al-Qaida presence. Saudi Arabia was a major area of support for al-Qaida. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein, a brutal dictator and sworn enemy of America, was in power. Nuclear weapons technology was being sold to Iran, North Korea and Libya. In 1993,...
  • If Palestinians realize Arafat's folly, peace will have a chance

    07/17/2004 9:52:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 336+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 17 2004 | JOEL J. SPRAYREGEN
    Meetings with Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers in Israel earlier this month confirmed the damage Palestinians have caused themselves. In September 2000, Palestinians were offered a state comprising Gaza and 94 percent of the West Bank plus substantial parts of Jerusalem. Former President Bill Clinton's memoirs clarify that negotiations failed because Yasser Arafat spurned peaceful resolution (Arafat ''couldn't make the final jump from revolutionary to statesman -- an error of historic proportions.''). Believing he could obtain more (e.g., flooding Israel with Palestinian ''refugees''), Arafat commenced the ''intifada,'' resulting in the murders of 971 Israelis. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon received...
  • Israel's aim is self-defense, not hurting Palestinians

    07/08/2004 12:23:37 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 43 replies · 1,287+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 8 2004
    Last week British actress Vanessa Redgrave delivered one of her frequent, mendacious criticisms of Israel, incorrectly claiming -- after seeing a U.N. documentary -- that Israeli soldiers target Palestinian schoolchildren and aim for their heads. Either Redgrave did not understand the content of the film or, more likely, she was purposely couching the truth to support her friend Yasser Arafat. The problem for Israel is that so many of its efforts to defend itself are intentionally misunderstood. Take the building of the security fence on the West Bank. The Israelis rightly assert that the barrier is not being constructed for...
  • U.S. must get tough with Saudis on terror

    06/18/2004 8:48:17 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 182+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 18 2004
    For years the Saudi government has taken a determinedly myopic view of the terrorists in its midst, surreptitiously allowing them to be funded and hoping they would take their violent militancy someplace else. According to a report this week from the Council on Foreign Relations, Saudis may be responsible for as much as 60 percent of the annual budget for the Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas. We will never forget, too, that 15 of the 19 hijackers who unleashed such horror on 9/11 were Saudi-born or that Osama bin Laden's murderous career was enabled through charities funded by his compatriots. For...
  • The 'Great Communicator' was the FDR of the 1980s

    06/15/2004 1:16:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 199+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 15 2004
    The atmosphere was cheerful, almost festive, among those arriving early for Ronald Reagan's memorial service at the National Cathedral, just as it was on the lines of those waiting to view his flag-draped casket at the Reagan Library and the Capitol. Then, 40 minutes before the ceremony, when the achingly beautiful music began, people sat quietly and somberly, some with tears in their eyes. With his interment on the opposite coast, on a gentle hill overlooking the Pacific, the question now is: How will history judge his stewardship? Perhaps more than any moment in last week's long goodbye, the service...
  • Why Bush's war to remove Saddam was a 'no brainer'

    06/07/2004 12:45:50 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 28 replies · 2,832+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 07 2004 | Michael Barone
    As the interim Iraqi government takes office, it is worth looking back, with the help of two recently published books, at the arguments on whether the United States should have taken military action to remove Saddam Hussein. The ''Bush lied'' crowd keeps trumpeting that we have found no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. (We did find sarin in one shell lobbed at occupation forces.) But Bob Woodward in Plan of Attack informs us that George Tenet, who announced his resignation as CIA director last week, told President Bush that the case for Iraqi possession of WMDs was...
  • The presidency was his perfect part

    06/06/2004 8:18:35 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 200+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 06 2004 | RICHARD ROEPER
    Any list of the great TV characters of the 1980s would have to include Bill Cosby as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on ''The Cosby Show'' (which ran from 1984-1992), Ted Danson as Sam Malone on ''Cheers'' (1982-1993), Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton in ''Family Ties'' (1982-1989) -- and Ronald Reagan as the president of the United States in ''The Reagan Years'' (1981-1988). He was not only the president, he played one on TV. In politics, Reagan achieved something he never managed in show business: He became an A-list star. Forget about all those years playing second fiddle in the...
  • Ronald Reagan: American dream come true

    06/06/2004 8:16:29 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 183+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 06 2004 | STEVE NEAL
    He believed in the American dream because he lived it. From his humble origins on the Illinois prairie through his rise to power and prominence, Ronald Wilson Reagan was modest, good-humored and optimistic. The oldest man ever elected to the presidency, he brought vigor and a new hope to the job. America was facing a crisis of confidence when he took office. An assassination, an unpopular war, impeachment and resignation had weakened the presidency. His predecessor, Jimmy Carter, was overwhelmed by the crushing weight of the job. Reagan wore his burdens with more ease than any other president. At the...
  • Through one man's strength, the world is a better place

    06/06/2004 8:14:14 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 126+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 06 2004
    It's difficult now to recall how bad things seemed in America when Ronald Reagan entered the White House in 1981. The country had suffered a string of essentially failed presidencies: Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter. The economy was reeling. "Stagflation" was the word that described the fiscal realities of an economy that perversely was mired in recession-like stagnation while inflation soared, destroying pocketbook buying power. Mortgage rates touched now-unimaginable double-digit heights. Jimmy Carter, typically, blamed the country, telling Americans they were afflicted by a malaise. Internationally, the Soviet Union loomed as a mighty colossus. Post-Vietnam America seemed in retreat. Radical...
  • Bush handles prisoner abuse with commendable leadership

    05/07/2004 9:15:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies · 1,002+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 07 2004
    Bowing to some of his advisers and "experts" on presidential communications, President Bush apologized Thursday for the appalling abuses visited upon Iraqi prisoners by American troops -- something he didn't explicitly do on Arabic TV Wednesday. In expressing contrition for "the humiliation suffered" by the prisoners and saying how photographs of the abuses had made Americans "sick to our stomachs," he satisfied those who wanted a stronger statement of what America stands for than he offered with his more detached condemnation on Arab TV. Now, we can only wait and see whether the impact of the apology will be positive,...
  • Mark Steyn: Wallowing in nuance, Dems lack resolve

    04/25/2004 11:50:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 49 replies · 525+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 25 2004 | Mark Steyn
    It's a good rule of thumb that so-called moderate opinion is several degrees to the left of popular opinion. You can test this for yourself easily enough: pick a subject such as, say, illegal immigration and compare the position of every Democratic senator, the majority of Republican senators and 90 percent of the media with the position of the American people. That's why the press were befuddled by last week's polls. A month of Richard Clarke, the 9/11 Commission, Bob Woodward, Muqtada al-Sadr, Fallujah and Basra, and a constant drip-drip-drip of conventional wisdom on the president's "vulnerability" from the Beltway...
  • Left-wing Bush criticisms fly in the face of reality

    04/20/2004 4:00:56 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 181+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 20 2004 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    When the duke of Wellington was asked for advice by a subordinate on how to handle a problem in which he was embroiled, the old soldier replied laconically: ''Sir, you have got into a pretty pickle, and must extricate yourself as best you can. Yours, etc.'' Most of the world -- not excluding both coasts of the United States -- seem to be taking the same not-very-helpful attitude to President Bush and the Iraqi crisis. It is universally acknowledged that the president alone wantonly plunged us into a needless war, lied about the basis for doing so, has united Iraq...
  • Daniel Pipes: History shows Islam, democracy unlikely to mix in Iraq

    04/14/2004 12:46:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 81 replies · 939+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 14 2004
    The current insurrection in Iraq was discernible a year ago, as I already noted in April 2003: ''Thousands of Iraqi Shiites chanted 'No to America, No to Saddam, Yes to Islam' a few days ago, during pilgrimage rites in the holy city of Karbala. Increasing numbers of Iraqis appear to agree with these sentiments. They have ominous implications for the coalition forces.'' The recent wave of violence makes those implications fully apparent. Two factors in particular made me expect Iraqi resistance. First, the quick war of 2003 focused on overturning a hated tyrant so that, when it was over, Iraqis...
  • Illinois could be in play for the GOP after all

    04/03/2004 4:56:48 AM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 169+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 03 2004 | THOMAS ROESER
    Is there no hope for Republicanism in Illinois? Pundits say George W. Bush would do well to save his time and money and skip the Prairie State, but not so fast, I say. Five points show startling news. Because conservatism's gaining ground in both parties here (yes, you read that right), my party is the logical beneficiary, which means Illinois could be in play for the GOP after all. First, why is Illinois a ''blue'' (Democratic) state at all? Because former Gov. George Ryan, was, in all probability, not just the most corrupt public official in Illinois' 118-year history, but...
  • Clarke donates like a Democrat

    03/28/2004 5:41:13 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 220+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 28 2004 | ROBERT NOVAK
    Former counterterrorism aide Richard Clarke called himself a registered Republican in criticizing President Bush, but his only listed political contributions during the two most recent election cycles have gone to former colleagues running as Democrats for Congress. In 2002, Clarke contributed $2,000 to Steven Andreasen, who headed arms control policy in the Clinton administration's National Security Council and was running for Congress in Minnesota. Andreasen was defeated by Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht. This year, Clarke has given $1,000 to Jamie Metzl, another Clinton-era NSC staffer. Metzl is running for the House seat from Missouri left vacant by the retirement of...