Sunday, May 23, 2010

It’s the responsibility of columnist to inform, not entertain

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News tabloid-styled denunciation, apparent in Michelle Malkin’s recent article,” The U.S. Department of Blame America First,” of human rights activist as “zealots”; of Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner as “badmouthing America,” and that the “former head agitator [Posner] at the transnationalist outfit Human Rights First trashed our country's human rights record to Chinese government officials”; of Tom Goldstein and George Soros over their Ground Zero Memorial plan proposal; of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder, and State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, as “willful ignoramuses betraying America's interests”; of State Department's legal adviser, Harold Koh, as “one who believes that America has violated international law and that U.S. Supreme Court rulings should lean toward transnationalist jurisprudence”; of State Department transition team leader Samantha Power, as “one who pooh-poohs the threat of nuclear Iran” and praises Obama's commitment to negotiation and diplomacy over belligerence and war; of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “busy coddling” Mexico who has been critical of Arizona's law, does not help, in the manner she writes, to explain earnestly and in good faith her opposition to these issues.

First, to admit that the United States is having issues with Arizona’s Immigration Law, Bill 1070, an issue known internationally, regardless of any dialogue of Bill 1070 between the United States and China in a forum on human rights, is not “badmouthing America.”

Furthermore, Human Rights First is a committee of lawyers who focus on the “principle that core human rights protections apply universally, and thus extend to everyone by virtue of their humanity.” It seems to me that the morality of this principle is inarguable.

Her denunciation of Tom Goldstein and George Soros because their plan for the Ground Zero Memorial was rejected is ridiculous. Plan proposals for the World Trade Center Memorial have been met with much criticism from many people, ranging from the design itself to the name change, from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Donald Trump.

The criticism of Secretary Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder, and State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley as “willful ignoramuses betraying America's interests,” because they have denounced Arizona’s Bill 1070 as unconstitutionally discriminatory, is certainly disingenuous.

To censure Harold Koh, as one who believes that America has violated international law, and that U.S. Supreme Court rulings should lean toward transnationalist jurisprudence reveals a certain level of ignorance: America has violated international law; and, “transnationalism is a social movement grown out of the heightened interconnectivity between people and the loosening of boundaries between countries …a new way of thinking about relationships between cultures.” It would be irresponsible for the Supreme Court not to be highly considerate of transnationalism in their decisions.

Samantha Power is “best known for her efforts to increase public awareness of genocide and human rights abuses, particularly in the Darfur conflict. [She] has become a leading voice calling for armed intervention into humanitarian crisis situations.” She has been “hostile towards the state of Israel [over their belligerence and treatment of Palestinians]. In an interview with Haaretz [Israel's oldest daily newspaper] … [she] insisted that she takes threats to Israel's security (such as the potential nuclearization of Iran) very seriously.”

The accusation that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as” busy coddling” Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico, who has been critical of Arizona's immigration law, is true. But how would you expect the Secretary of State to treat our neighbor to the south: with belligerence or friendship? The border problems are the result of failed leadership of the United States and Mexico. The Mexican gun and drug problem is a result of America’s failure effectively to take action -- guns go south, drugs head north.

It has been said that Rupert Murdoch's view was that” he was an entertainer, not an informer, and that he merely sold entertainment to his readers, most of whom were lower-class workers and middle-class women.” It seems Michelle Malkin, a frequent commentator for Fox News, writes in the same vein, to entertain rather than inform.