In defense of Matt Drudge


This article was originally published by Salon on November 17, 1997. The oddest feature of the affair that pits White House flak Sidney Blumenthal against Internet gadfly Matt Drudge is probably the most revealing: the failure of the press to defend one of its own. Last August, Blumenthal filed a $30 million libel suit against Drudge [...]

Progressive Education


This article was originally published by Salon on December 1, 1997. Of all the misnomers of our political vocabulary, “progressive” is the most abusive and the most abused. “Progressive” is the accepted term for the political left today, just as it was 50 years ago, when it was used as a self-description by Communists and [...]

Sick Victory


Now that Paula Jones has been vanquished, who will the Clintons beat into the ground next?

We Believe You, Scumbag


Why does President Clinton still get a pass from America’s feminists? Because being a liberal is more important than being a sexual predator.

The Triumph of “Multicultural” Thugs


The physical assault on Ann Coulter at Cornell proves that fascism is alive and well on U.S. campuses.

The Civil Rights Movement is Dead, RIP


Black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson criticize racialing profiling in the legal system, but they espouse the same logic in their own politics.

Clinton’s amen chorus


This article was originally published by Salon on October 12, 1998. A revealing aspect of the current White House crisis is the racial gap in public opinion polls, which is almost as wide as after the O.J. Simpson verdict. When the world discovered in January that the president was having sex with a young intern, [...]

The loafing class


There’s good news and bad news in higher education today. The good news is that a university education can provide a pass, open to all, to the incredible bounties of the information age economy. The bad news is that the price of the pass can be the equivalent of a Ferrari, putting the average student [...]

Hate crimes go both ways


This article originally appeared at Salon on October 26, 1998. Two weeks ago, Matthew Shepard was tortured and left to die on the high plains of Wyoming simply because he was gay. On June 7, a similar attack was made against James Byrd Jr., a black man in Texas. Both murders were followed by outpourings [...]

David Brock’s new liberal friends


This article was originally published by Salon on March 23, 1998. David Brock is famous once again. In the April Esquire, and in countless television interviews, the slayer of Anita Hill, the outer of “Paula,” the relentless scourge of sanctimonious liberals goes down on his knees to plant an unlikely kiss on the presidential posterior. [...]