Sylvia Weedman

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Devil in the Details

WE TOLD YOU SO, PART I In our September-October 1996 issue, Jennifer Bradley profiled the Rutherford Institute, a Christian legal organization founded by John Whitehead to defend clients who allege religious discrimination in the workplace or at school. Although the institute portrayed itself as purely a civil liberties organization, Bradley showed that it "uses the tools and words of liberalism to advance a pinched, illiberal worldview." If her characterization was just informed opinion then, it's national news now. The Rutherford Institute's latest client is . . . Paula Jones? Stepping decidedly outside of its realm of expertise, the institute introduced Jones to her new lawyer Donovan Campbell and offered to help fund her case. In its own words, the institute declares its dedication to providing legal assistance in the following areas: "1. Defending the sanctity of human life; 2. Preserving religious expression in the public schools; 3. Upholding religious freedom in the workplace...

Devil in the Details

WRITERS' BROCK Lest we forget, the vast universe of sexual allegations swirling around President Clinton began expanding more than four years ago with a single fiery Big Bang—the article by David Brock in the American Spectator called "His Cheatin' Heart." Last April in Esquire magazine, Brock issued an emphatic apology to Clinton for begetting the Paula Jones suit that in turn begat the three-ring Monica circus. His sources for the article, Brock confessed, were motivated by vengeance, money, and political animosity. Yet even though the author himself has repudiated the article, the Spectator continues to defend it—while simultaneously continuing to attack Brock. The magazine's online version made Brock its "Enemy of the Week" for two weeks in a row, and has supported reader suggestions that he be named "Enemy in Perpetuity" because of his apology. And in the May 1998 Spectator , editor T. Emmett Tyrrell called Brock a hypocrite for disavowing the article without also relinquishing...

Devil in the Details

THE GLASS TRAIL This year's hottest political fiction isn't in paperback. As anyone familiar with Beltway journalism knows by now, the New Republic fired associate editor Stephen Glass in May after Forbes Digital Tool uncovered extensive fabrications in one piece. Since then, TNR has disclosed that 27 of Glass's 41 articles for the magazine were at least partially products of his vivid imagination. What hasn't been widely noted is that before joining TNR , Glass was an assistant editor at the Heritage Foundation's Policy Review . There he cultivated his ardent free market views, writing such articles as "Happy Meals: When Lunch Subsidies are Chopped, Kids Eat Better" and "A Pension Deficit Disorder: Teacher Unions Betray Their Members." Howard Kurtz, media columnist for the Washington Post , has reported that an incident Glass described in a Policy Review piece -- a supposed speech at a graveside in praise of privatized Social Security -- never happened. Apparently, the people Glass...