THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today\’s quote comes to us from Camille Paglia, an educator, writer and social critic who – unlike all too many of her peers, retains an open mind and sees things on an issue by issue basis rather than funneling them into a predetermined conclusion.

Here is what Ms. Paglia has to say about the dilligent – desperate – effort by mainstream media to bury the Planned Parenthood videos showing Directors of their facilities conversationally discussing, among other things, how the formed babies they kill in the womb are carefully crushed so that individual organs can be cut out and sold:

“At what point will liberals wake up to realize the stranglehold that they had on the media for so long?

“Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that\’s simply not true. Liberalism has sadly become a knee-jerk ideology, with people barricaded in their comfortable little cells. They think that their views are the only rational ones, and everyone else is not only evil but financed by the Koch brothers. It\’s so simplistic.

“Now let me give you a recent example of the persisting insularity of liberal thought in the media. When the first secret Planned Parenthood video was released in mid-July, anyone who looks only at liberal media was kept totally in the dark about it, even after the second video was released.

“It was a huge and disturbing story, but there was total silence in the liberal media. That kind of censorship was shockingly unprofessional. The liberal major media were trying to bury the story by ignoring it.

“Now I am a former member of Planned Parenthood and a strong supporter of unconstrained reproductive rights. But I was horrified and disgusted by those videos and immediately felt there were serious breaches of medical ethics in the conduct of Planned Parenthood officials.

“But here\’s my point: it is everyone\’s obligation, whatever your political views, to look at both liberal and conservative news sources every single day. You need a full range of viewpoints to understand what is going on in the world.”

Allow me to raise the same question Ms. Paglia raises: how can you honestly say you have knowledge and understanding of an issue unless you consider all sides of it? And how can you consider all sides of it if the source of your knowledge suppresses one of those sides?

I award Camille Paglia Quote Of The Day honors – both for saying out loud what so many of her similarly leftward counterparts will not, and for trying her best to know what she is talking about – as so many of her similarly leftward counterparts will not – rather than reciting the party line.

How tragic that this is a cause for praise, rather than an inherent expectation.

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