Philocrites : Scrapbook : May 2006 Archive

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Beinart may be right, but many liberals can't forgive him for Iraq

Quoted 05.31.06:

'The Good Fight,' by Peter BeinartIf we are to move forward along lines [Peter] Beinart suggests, we need to know whether Beinart and other liberal hawks will recognize the difference between antitotalitarian liberalism and conservatism, neo- or otherwise, when they see it. Unfortunately, Beinart slips and slides around this question. His chapter on Iraq, which rehearses the administration's various arguments for war, reads at first blush like a wise and disinterested account of a tragic march to folly. But he writes about this period as if he'd spent it on a mountaintop in Tibet instead of editing an influential magazine and cheering on the administration virtually every step of the way — and accusing war critics, not all of whom (news flash: not even a majority of whom) are anti-imperialist Chomskyites, of "intellectual incoherence" and "abject pacifism," as he so unforgettably put matters to The Washington Post in February 2003. I resented those comments at the time personally, I still do, and I know a lot of people who feel similarly.

Michael Tomasky, American Prospect 6.6.06; buy The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again by Peter Beinart from

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Is the 'religious left' just a flash in the pan?

Quoted 05.30.06:

[I]s this truly a sea-change in American religious politics? Or is it a brief "hallelujah moment" — born of Bush fatigue and political opportunism — that will bring no lasting change? The betting is on the latter. The religious left suffers from two long-term problems. The first is that it is building its house on sand. The groups that make up the heart of the religious left — mainline Protestants, liberal Catholics and reform Jews — are all experiencing long-term decline. Most of the growth in American religion is occurring among conservative churches. And the constituent parts of the religious left are also at odds over important issues. . . .

The biggest problem for the religious left is that it is badly outgunned by the secular left . . . These secular voters don't just feel indifferent to religion. They are positively hostile to it . . .

Economist 5.25.06; via GetReligion

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Global warming, economics dividing conservative Protestants

Quoted 05.28.06:

Global warming and other issues that relate to our stewardship of the planet seem finally to have struck a chord among evangelical Christians.

The ministers, academics and lay activists who, along with Hunter, signed the global warming statement encompassed a wide range of beliefs, including 39 evangelical colleges, the Salvation Army and a cross-section of major denominations and churches. As innocuous and as Christian as such a statement sounds, it was a pointed rebuke of the leadership of the religious right and the Republican Party. . . .

"There's no surprise at who didn't sign," said Jim Jewel of Atlanta, spokesman for the evangelical environmentalists. "What we did was signal that the evangelical movement has a new cause, beyond just abortion and gay marriage, to human rights. Evangelicals had been depicted as one voice. This let people know we have more than one voice."

John Sugg, Creative Loafing 5.24.06, via Street Prophets; see Evangelical Climate Initiative

Saturday, May 27, 2006

The rise and fall of Kevin Phillips's populism

Quoted 05.27.06:

American TheocracyIn the '70s and early '80s, Phillips applauded the spread of Christian conservative politics. It was an essential part of populist conservatism. It was the middle class "counter-reformation" against the secular liberal elites. "Sociologists in the '60s," Phillips wrote, "mistakenly identified populism with the left and played down the much more important demographic implications of people who . . . spent time listening to fundamentalist preachers, often on television." Reagan's largest gains, Phillips explained approvingly in 1982, were among voters "with cultural and religious issues on their minds — Northern Catholics, Orthodox Jews, Western Mormons, and white Southern fundamentalist Protestants."

But, in American Theocracy, he condemns "the increasingly narrow, even theocratic, sentiment among Republican voters" as a threat to American science and democracy.

John B. Judis, New Republic 5.22.06, sub req'd; buy American Theocracy from

Friday, May 26, 2006

Cardinal O'Malley's reputation hurt by hospital fiasco

Quoted 05.26.06:

[T]he Haddad controversy is a reminder of the degree to which O'Malley's tenure has been marked by a seemingly unending string of crises. There have been few small decisions for O'Malley and fewer easy ones.

Some of the controversies stem from what O'Malley calls the countercultural nature of some Catholic doctrine — the prohibitions against the ordination of women, the opposition to same-sex marriage — that fuels controveries facing Catholic bishops throughout the West.

But, to the dismay of those who would like to see O'Malley succeed, many of the controversies of his tenure stem from more temporal matters: administrative decisions about parish closings, clergy assignments, and now sexual harassment, in which O'Malley makes an unpopular decision, triggers a public outcry, and then reverses himself.

Michael Paulson, Boston Globe 5.26.06, reg req'd; O'Malley leads services asking forgiveness for church's sins (Boston Globe 5.26.06)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Accused Catholic hospital chief headed for exit

Quoted 05.24.06:

The head of Boston's Catholic hospital system, facing a cascade of accusations that he sexually harassed female employees, will leave his job, participants involved in the process said yesterday.

They said that whether Dr. Robert M. Haddad resigns or is fired as president of the Caritas Christi Health Care System depends on whether he will accept a severance package that Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley can publicly justify for someone accused of serial sexual misconduct.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Contemporary Manichaeans challenge liberal theology

Quoted 05.23.06:

I suggest to you that the stance with which a great deal of contemporary religion approaches culture is not the biblical sequence of creation, fall, and redemption that I outlined a moment ago, but a dualistic, Manichaean stance that says that things have to be sorted into good and evil, and once you've got them separated, you've got two different moral universes that have nothing in common between them, not even a common creator or a common destiny.

Robin W. Lovin, Journal of Liberal Religion (Spring 2006); see also James Luther Adams and the Transformation of Religion (George K. Beach, Journal of Liberal Religion, Spring 2006)

Religious left: Building bridges or widening the gulf?

Quoted 05.23.06:

Some groups on the religious left are clearly seeking to help the Democratic Party. But the relationship is delicate on both sides. . . .

The Rev. Joseph W. Daniels Jr., senior pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Northwest Washington, said a key question for him is whether the religious left will become "the polar opposite to . . . the religious right" or be "a voice in the middle."

"What this country needs is strong spiritual leadership that is willing to build bridges. We don't need leaders who are lightning bolts for division and dissension," he said.

Nonetheless, some observers doubt that the revitalization of the religious left will lessen the divisions over religion in politics. "I do think," said [political scientist Allen D.] Hertzke, "that, if in fact this progressive initiative takes off, we will see an even more polarized electoral environment than we did in 2004."

Caryle Murphy and Alan Cooperman, Washington Post 5.20.06, reg req'd

Monday, May 22, 2006

Boston's Church of the Advent gets a MySpace page

Quoted 05.22.06:

Father Gray, a 35-year-old Episcopal priest at Boston's Church of the Advent, was sold on MySpace by a congregant whose rock band had used the site to attract listeners. While most MySpace users create pages to promote themselves or a band, he posted a profile for his parish. It includes reminders for Sunday services, audio files of its choir and announcements for "Theology on Tap" gatherings at a local bar.

Andrew LaVallee, Wall Street Journal 5.17.06; see also Church of the Advent's outreach to parents of young children

Book describes IRD's anti-liberalism, but plays partisan game itself

Quoted 05.22.06:

Hard Ball on Holy GroundFor three decades the IRD has been monitoring mainline churches for political statements that are out of step with the views of rank-and-file members. The IRD has a division for each of the three denominations in its crosshairs: the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church. Each division sends out unsolicited mailings that are critical of ecclesial leaders and invite support for the IRD. The program works because often there is indeed a gap between the views of church leaders and those of people in the pews. The more controversy this gap generates, the better for the IRD. . . .

The writers of Hard Ball have not just made the tactical mistake of trying to beat the IRD at its own game . . . Their book is also no more Christian than what it attacks . . . If both sides humbly realized that they have more in common with one another by virtue of their common ecclesial and sacramental life than with those of similar political persuasions at Fox News or Air America, we could have a far less dreary argument.

Jason Byassee, Christian Century 5.16.06

Sunday, May 21, 2006

New School valedictorian protests McCain's speech

Quoted 05.21.06:

"Senator McCain will tell us today that dissent and disagreement are our civic and moral obligation in times of crisis, and I agree," [Jean Sara Rohe, 21,] said. "I consider this a time of crisis, and I feel obligated to speak."

She continued, "Senator McCain will also tell us about his strong-headed self-assuredness in his youth, which prevented him from hearing the ideas of others, and in so doing he will imply that those of us who are young are too naive to have valid opinions.

"I am young, and although I don't profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that pre-emptive war is dangerous and wrong," she said.

David M. Herszenhorn, New York Times 5.20.06, reg req'd; see also Jean Rohe's explanation (Huffington Post 5.20.06)

Boston Catholic hospitals' VP angry that O'Malley didn't fire harrassing president

Quoted 05.21.06:

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley last week decided to privately reprimand Caritas Christi Health Care System's president, Dr. Robert M. Haddad, for multiple instances of kissing and other physical touching involving four women employees, despite an investigation by senior Caritas Christi officials that concluded that Haddad should be fired, according to internal documents and e-mails obtained by the Globe. . . .

Helen G. Drinan, senior vice president for human resources at Caritas,. . . sent an e-mail Thursday to the board members in which she declared: "I know what will befall this organization when the public learns that the Church in Boston has once again put the powerful predator ahead of the powerless victim."

In a May 8 letter to O'Malley, Drinan said Caritas had "always" fired other employees who have engaged in similar behavior.

Walter Robinson, Boston Globe 5.21.06, reg req'd

40 percent of undocumented immigrants came legally

Quoted 05.21.06:

The crackdowns on illegal immigration proposed by President Bush and Congress would do virtually nothing to stop the millions of immigrants who come to the country on legal visas but do not return home, a group some specialists contend poses a greater threat to national security than border-jumpers. . . .

A potential terrorist who can obtain a valid visa is more likely to enter the United States legally than to risk apprehension by trying to sneak across the border with Mexico, [Deborah] Meyers said.

Rick Klein, Boston Globe 5.20.06, reg req'd

Diploma in hand, let's float!

Quoted 05.21.06:

I define floating as subsistence living while you decide what to do with your life. It's the life without focus that unfolds while you're chasing the focus. It's a sunny exercise with a dark underbelly. . . .

They earn just north of minimum wage and work part time in exchange for the freedom to ponder the universe and participate in the excellent pursuit of fun.

Sam Allis, Boston Globe 5.21.06, reg req'd

Friday, May 19, 2006

Evangelical discontent with the GOP is growing

Quoted 05.19.06:

[Karl Rove] left his policy position at the White House last month partly to repair relationships with conservative evangelical leaders who are disappointed that the president they helped elect twice has given them nothing (two Supreme Court justices aside) in return. When these old-guard members of the Christian right supported Bush in 2000, they thought they would get a president who would fight tirelessly to outlaw sexual immorality.

But Rove is also reportedly worried about another group of evangelicals: the nearly 40 percent who identify themselves as politically moderate and who are just as likely to get energized about aids in Africa or melting ice caps as partial-birth abortion and lesbian couples in Massachusetts. These evangelicals have found the White House even less open to their concerns than their more conservative brethren have.

Amy Sullivan, New Republic 5.29.06

1,200 religious lefties gather in D.C. for share-in

Quoted 05.19.06:

After rousing speeches on Wednesday by liberal religious leaders like Rabbi Michael Lerner of the magazine Tikkun and Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, participants in the new Network of Spiritual Progressives split into small groups to prepare for meetings with members of Congress on Thursday.

Yet at a session on ethical behavior, including sexual behavior, the 50 or so activists talked little about what to tell Congress about abortion or same-sex marriage. Instead, the Rev. Ama Zenya of First Congregational Church in Oakland, Calif., urged them to talk to one another about their spiritual values and "to practice fully our authentic being."

Neela Banerjee, New York Times 5.19.06, reg req'd

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Jaroslav Pelikan, leading historian of Christianity, dead at 82

Quoted 05.17.06:

Although renowned as a theologian, Dr. Pelikan, a Lutheran convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, preferred studying history and rarely waded into modern religious debates.

"There ought to be somebody who speaks to the other 19 centuries," he said in a 1983 interview with the Christian Science Monitor. "Not everybody should be caught in this moment. I'm filing a minority report on behalf of the past."

Washington Post 5.17.06, reg req'd; see also Mark Noll's profile (Christianity Today 5.15.06)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Most who move away from Mass. don't look back

Quoted 05.15.06:

Blue-collar and white-collar nonprofessionals and those who made less than $75,000 were more likely to move to New Hampshire than others who left the state. Those who moved to New Hampshire were also more likely to name housing costs as a "major factor" for their move . . . They represent many middle-class people who feel they can no longer afford life in the Bay State, said William H. Frey, a demographer at The Brookings Institution . . .

Professionals and executives, people under age 50, people with post-graduate educations or with incomes above $100,000 were more likely than other emigrés to move to the Mid-Atlantic and to cite a better job as a major factor for moving, the poll suggested. Their exodus represents what some policymakers term a brain drain.

Michael Levenson, Boston globe 5.14.06, reg req'd

Is Boston becoming an 'ephemeral city'?

Quoted 05.15.06:

San Francisco is the quintessential ephemeral city, functioning more as a cultural center and magnet for those drawn to the perks of city living — affluent empty-nesters, younger college graduates, gays — than an engine of economic growth and opportunity. . . .

[Jane] Jacobs, [Joel] Kotkin likes to point out, wrote that a well-functioning city ''is constantly transforming many poor people into middle-class people, many illiterates into skilled people, many greenhorns into competent citizens. . . . Cities don't lure the middle class. They create it." . . .

The 2000 census revealed that nonfamily households — made up of those living alone or with unrelated adults — were now in the majority in Boston for the first time. The city's public schools have experienced an enrollment decline of more than 5,000 students since 2000, and are serving an increasingly poor population, with the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch rising from 62 percent in 1994 to about 75 percent a decade later.

Michael Jonas, Boston Globe 5.14.06, reg req'd

Boston's new nouveaux riches

Quoted 05.15.06:

Among the 1.4 million households in the Boston metropolitan area, nearly 52,000 had at least $1 million in assets in 2004, not including primary residences or 401(k) accounts — up 8 percent from the year before. Claritas, the San Diego-based research firm that counted all that money, predicts that the proportion of millionaires will jump by another 50 percent by 2009. In the next five years, households earning more than $150,000 annually will be the fastest growing income group in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, and Middlesex counties

Kris Frieswick, Boston Globe Magazine 5.14.06, reg req'd

Sunday, May 14, 2006

America's Christian Dominionists have had it with democracy

Quoted 05.14.06:

Kingdom ComingSpeaking to outsiders, most Christian nationalists say they're simply responding to anti-Christian persecution. They say that secularism is itself a religion, one unfairly imposed on them. They say they're the victims in the culture wars. But Christian nationalist ideologues don't want equality, they want dominance. In his book "The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action," George Grant, former executive director of D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries, wrote:

"Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after.

"World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less . . .

"Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ."

Michelle Goldberg, Salon 5.12.06, ad req'd; buy Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle Goldberg from

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The White House's betrayal

Quoted 05.13.06:

It's the recklessness at the top of our government, not the press's exposure of it, that has truly aided the enemy, put American lives at risk and potentially sabotaged national security. That's where the buck stops, and if there's to be a witch hunt for traitors, that's where it should begin.

Frank Rich, New York Times 5.14.06, sub req'd

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mormon university may expel students for joining Soulforce protest

Quoted 05.10.06:

The Honor Code Office at Brigham Young University is conducting a review of the actions of five students who participated in a gay-awareness demonstration on campus last month. . . .

[Lauren] Jackson and [Alexander] Liberato participated in the demonstration to urge other students and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns BYU, to avoid treating gays harshly.

"I feel like (the Honor Code Office reviewers) were very receptive to my message," Jackson said. "I participated to raise awareness or increased understanding for individuals who suffer from problems because individuals isolate or mistreat them."

Tad Walch, Deseret Morning News 5.10.06; see also Soulforce

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

When nonreligious parents take their kids to church

Quoted 05.09.06:

[M]any nonreligious parents — whether they've eschewed belief or practice or both — find themselves seeking the psychological, spiritual and moral blessings they hope a religious background can bestow on their offspring. . . .

Whatever the reasons, nonreligious parents may face a number of humbling questions. Are they willing to trade sleepy Sundays for 10 a.m. services? Is it a good idea to start down a spiritual path when their hearts aren't in it? And what should they say if their 4-year-old looks up at them wide-eyed and asks if there really is a God?

Stacy Weiner, Washington Post 5.9.06, reg req'd; see also religion and parenting (Annette Mahoney, 5.9.06)

Saturday, May 6, 2006

New bishop committed to 'Christ's own mission of inclusion'

Quoted 05.06.06:

[I]n an acceptance statement via a phone call piped into Grace Cathedral, where the voting was taking place, Bishop Andrus said he would continue to support the full inclusion of gay men and lesbians in the church.

"We must all understand, and here I address the Diocese of California and those listening from elsewhere, that your vote today remains a vote for inclusion and communion — of gay and lesbian people in their full lives as single or partnered people, of women, of all ethnic minorities, and all people," Bishop Andrus said, referring to continuing in the Anglican Communion, which has about 77 million members worldwide. "My commitment to Jesus Christ's own mission of inclusion is resolute."

Neela Banerjee, New York Times 4.7.06, reg req'd

Calif. Episcopalians elect new bishop, disappointing schismatic conservatives

Quoted 05.06.06:

The Episcopal Diocese of California averted another churchwide showdown over the role of gays in their denomination when delegates rejected three openly gay candidates for bishop Saturday.

The diocese chose the Rt. Rev. Mark Handley Andrus of Birmingham, Ala., on the third ballot to replace the retiring Rev. William Swing. None of the gay candidates received more than a handful of votes.

AP, 5.6.06; too bad for the Schadenfreude watch at GetReligion

The priest who couldn't forgive

Quoted 05.06.06:

Confronted with an event that shook her world to its foundations, [the Rev. Julie Nicholson] found she could no longer reconcile her priestly function with her refusal to forgive [her daughter's] killers. "I did not feel there was any integrity in standing in front of a group of people week by week leading them through words of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness when I felt so distanced from those things myself," she said.

Earlier this year, she resigned as the parish priest of St. Aidan's in Bristol, in western England. Torn by the collision of faith and rage, she has not officiated at a church service since her daughter died, and although she has not quit the priesthood, her faith is nuanced by doubt.

Alan Cowell, New York Times 5.6.06, reg req'd

Friday, May 5, 2006

Brian McLaren's view of hell not 'traditional universalist'

Quoted 05.05.06:

Some critics think your deconstruction has moved to the point of your embracing a "universalist" position. Are you a Universalist?

Brian McLaren: No, I am not embracing a traditional universalist position, but I am trying to raise the question, When God created the universe, did he have two purposes in mind — one being to create some people who would forever enjoy blessing and mercy, and another to create a group who would forever suffer torment, torture, and punishment? What is our view of God? A God who plans torture? A God who has an essential, eternal quality of hatred? Is God love, or is God love and hate?

Out of Ur 5.5.06, via Talk to Action

Morocco names 50 women Muslim preachers

Quoted 05.05.06:

The 50 female religious guides, or morchidat, won't lead prayers in mosques, which is reserved for men, but will be sent around the country to teach women — and, occasionally, men — about Islam.

While Moroccan officials said the appointment of female state preachers was a rare experiment in the Muslim world, others said it was unprecedented in Morocco and the majority of other Arab countries. . . .

The training of the preachers is part of a campaign launched by the young king, a descendant of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, to strengthen state-controlled mosques while undermining radical clerics who preach Islamic extremism.

Scheherezade Faramarzi [AP], 5.4.06

Anglican schism poised on California vote?

Quoted 05.05.06:

If the [Episcopal] diocese of California elects a gay bishop [tomorrow], experts on the church said, the denomination could edge even closer to the point of fracture. . . .

The church's General Convention in June would have to confirm the new bishop, and people here are aware that if that the new bishop is gay, the convention may reject the choice, a rare occurrence in a denomination that places great trust in the decisions of its dioceses.

"My No. 1 directive as a bishop is the unity of church, because schism is a greater sin than heresy," said Bishop Kirk S. Smith of the diocese of Arizona, who backs full inclusion of gays in the church. "I think everyone will breathe a sigh of relief if it's not a gay candidate, and that's sad."

Neela Banerjee, New York Times 5.5.06; see also 'A church asunder' (Peter J. Boyer, New Yorker 4.17.06), 'Following the money' (Jim Naughton, Washington Window)

Pope threatens to excommunicate new Chinese bishops

Quoted 05.05.06:

Pope Benedict XVI condemned the official Chinese Catholic Church on Thursday for consecrating two bishops against the Vatican's wishes, and raised the possibility of formally excommunicating those bishops, as well as the two who ordained them. . . .

For decades, the government has sought to control Catholics through an official church, run by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Some four million people belong to this church, while millions more belong to an underground church loyal to Rome.

Ian Fisher and Keith Bradsher, New York Times 5.5.06, reg req'd

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Colbert missed the true cynicism of the evening

Quoted 05.03.06:

High-toned D.C. gatherings such as this one are unfailingly unctuous, one of the many coyly winking moments in political life when every partisan, satrap and commentator on hand is asked to lighten up and affirm the ultimate shared agenda, of merely gaming the system to one's own best short-term advantage. Fortuna's wheel may lurch this way and that, but the correspondents' dinner is chiefly the entertainment of D.C.'s lifers, much like the banquets thrown by the French colonial attaché in the restored version of Apocalypse Now.

Chris Lehmann, New York Observer 5.8.06; via Romanesko

Presbyterian Church (USA) fires 75 employees, cuts $9.15M from budget

Quoted 05.03.06:

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) said Monday that 75 employees at its headquarters will lose their jobs as $9.15 million in budget cuts have forced the denomination to reorganize its mission program.

Bruce Schreiner [AP], Houston Chronicle 5.1.06; see also Presbyterian News Service 5.1.06

Blogs empower challengers to religious authorities

Quoted 05.03.06:

Now, thanks to . . . blogs, and other Internet postings, critics in every faith tradition are getting a hearing far beyond the synagogue, church or mosque parking lot. Forced to listen, because others are, religious leaders are responding in ways that show how religious authority is shifting in the 21st Century.

In religion, bloggers well-versed in Scripture, church rules and even poignant personal testimonies are challenging official policies and winning followers of their own. Traditional authorities, meanwhile, are seeing problems and opportunities alike in the new milieu.

"It's clear that religions that are more kind of 'open source' — less authoritarian, less hierarchical, less preoccupied with controlling the codified material — are doing better on the Internet," says Lorne Dawson, a sociologist who studies religion and the Internet at the University of Waterloo Ontario. Elsewhere, he says, it's a heyday for naysayers.

G. Jeffrey Macdonald [RNS], Chicago Tribune 4.28.06; see also Washington Post 4.28.06

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Press, pols: Colbert fell flat; nonsense, he hit home run for TV audience

Quoted 05.02.06:

The reviews from the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner are in, and the consensus is that President Bush and Bush impersonator Steve Bridges stole Saturday's show — and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert's cutting satire fell flat because he ignored the cardinal rule of Washington humor: Make fun of yourself, not the other guy.

Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post 5.2.06, reg req'd; see also Media Nation

Monday, May 1, 2006

Transcript: Stephen Colbert at White House press dinner

Quoted 05.01.06:

But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know — fiction!

Stephen Colbert, DailyKos 4.30.06; video (YouTube); reaction: Dan Froomkin (WaPo), Tim Grieve (Salon)