By Jim Bowman
Immediately following his kickoff lecture for Dominican U.'s new foreign-correspondent "initiative" -- lecture series plus internships -- on 14 Nov, onetime major-TV reporter Marvin Kalb was asked about the election. He put it to the audience of 200 or so, did they want a diplomatic answer or one that showed how he "really felt."
No one wanted the former, as tempting as the offer was -- what's not to like about diplomatic answers? -- so he spoke from the heart, elucidating these points among others:
HRC lost the election because she "carried baggage from the '80s" in Arkansas that when examined added up to nothing but which "created the narrative" that dogged her to the very end.
Additionally, hers was a "blunder" to use her own email for official purposes. "Trapped, she fumbled around for six months" before admitting it.
Finally, the FBI played a "scandalous" role in all this. In the end of which, "one email" was "all they had."
In any case, he added, she lost by (only) a few thousand votes in each of several important states.
"We [the people] are trapped," he concluded, by what it was not clear, except that it left the electorate apparently confused and unable to make good decisions.
Asked about risk-averse behavior by news executives, K. moved from "financial pragmatism" that prevents their taking chances through various ancillary matters, eventually to the bravery of "young women in the field" who have to work twice as hard as men.
He took time also to praise Washington Post reporter David Farenthold as "magnificent," pursuing stories about Trump such as apparently not donating to a veterans' organization which he claimed he had done.
He further praised the three legacy networks and PBS for coming "as close to unbiased as we can get," adding (to applause) that he had quit his four-year gig at Fox News when he'd been told it was "none of [his] business" whether Fox was "in bed with Trump," as he, K., had decided.
All in all, it was a statement for legacy old-timers sticking to their guns in the dawning of a new era which I am tempted to call a new age of Aquarius -- for its rejuvenation qualities, not for any flights of fancy.
Meanwhile, in another major arena of human endeavor, Catholic schools, we may assume that the five Marist High School senior girls who went on Tweeted record with their harsh and unkind thoughts about black people and were apparently expelled for it have learned their lesson in a majorly teachable moment: SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!
There may be -- actually there is, Christians believe -- more joy somewhere about sinners reforming than about non-sinners, but BEGONE, YE CURSED is for someone and some place else, as I recall. Besides, isn't it Pope Francis' YEAR OF MERCY? And isn't Cardinal-elect Cupich THE POPE'S KIND OF GUY? Questions, questions.
Mum's the word at Marist, but from an online petition, we learn about the expulsions. Consider same.
Five girl's [sic] lives have been damaged due to the final decision Marist High school has put forth. The administration at Marist acted on the situation quickly and wrongly not even knowing the poor image it had just created for itself.
These highly intelligent young women made a horrible mistake that they wish they had never made. However, Marist High School is a private, catholic institution whose ongoing slogan is "Brothers and Sisters for life". Being [connected to] a catholic school, we are often taught to forgive those who sin. " 'For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others for their sins, your father will not forgive your sins' (Matt. 6:14-15)."
As a student body we understand that this was not an easy decision to make, however, we also believe that the actions that were taken were wrong, not only in the eyes of the people, but our Lord as well. Parents throughout the Marist community have spent thousands of dollars because they believe in "The Marist Way" and it's [sic]reputation. That reputation is now gone in the eyes of many. Please take into account these five girls and their families and sign this petition!
The petition had 5,635 signers as of 16 Nov, 6 p.m.
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