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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Don't Get Fooled Again

Track & Field News' front page links to a Washington Times editorial about Title IX and James Madison University.

I wrote about the whole hoo-ha a while back. Now, anyone who can read knows the cuts were not about balancing a male-female ratio, since three women's sports were cut. Well, maybe you have to be able to divide, too, but the AD was clearly dissembling. Those cuts certainly do not call for a change in the law. A change in university leadership, sure, but not a change in law.

It's also useful to know the source of the editorial. The Washington Times, which sounds as venerable and reliable as the Washington Post or the New York Times, was started in 1982 by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Yep, the leader of the Unification Church, aka "the Moonies". It makes up one-third of the "conservative news media" with Fox News and right-wing talk radio. Even onetime conservative columnist David Brock thinks it's a hack paper, writing that it "was governed by a calculatedly unfair political bias and that its journalistic ethics were close to nil."

So read if you like, but take it with a grain of salt. Any convincing opposing viewpoint has been carefully excised.

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