Thirty percent of Republicans cite immigration as the most important problem, compared with 16% of independents and 11% of Democrats.
In other words, Republicans are differentially aggravated by immigration, compared to Democrats. In the Battle of Intensity that's supposed to be the coming midterms, does the CW really still hold that the immigration issue helps the Democrats? How does that work? Do we think all those Republicans are outraged by the felony provision of the Sensenbrenner bill? ... 6:08 P.M.
Poor Burkle: Always the victim! While kf sleeps, Nikki Finke begins the process of unraveling today's apparently heavily SitrickedNYT Ovitz/Burkle/Pellicano story--which does make those who have followed the crudest speculation about the scandal less interested in Burkle and more interested in one S. Bing. ... Is Bing the only guy in the story who doesn't employ Sitrick? Hmmm. ... 11:56 A.M.
Sometimes too far is just far enough: I claim--in the face of repeated, near-obsessive attacks by my friend Bob Wright!--that Ann Coulter sometimes says highly impolitic things that need saying. Here's a possible example--I say "possible" because I haven't followed the Natalee Holloway coverage closely. But my impression is that the following point hasn't been made very often:
However the Duke lacrosse rape case turns out, one lesson that absolutely will not be learned is this: You can severely reduce your chances of having a false accusation of rape leveled against you if you don't hire strange women to come to your house and take their clothes off for money.
Also, you can severely reduce your chances of being raped if you do not go to strange men's houses and take your clothes off for money. ...
And if you are a girl in Aruba or New York City, among the best ways to avoid being the victim of a horrible crime is to not get drunk in public or go off in a car with men you just met. ...
Everyone makes mistakes, especially young people, but the outpouring of support for the victims and their families is obscuring what ought to be a flashing neon warning for potential future victims. ...
Yes, of course no one "deserves" to die for a mistake. Or to be raped or falsely accused of rape for a mistake. ... But these statements would roll off the tongue more easily in a world that so much as tacitly acknowledged that all these messy turns of fate followed behavior that your mother could have told you was tacky.
Not very long ago, all the precursor behavior in these cases would have been recognized as vulgar--whether or not anyone ended up dead, raped or falsely accused of rape. [Emphasis added]
Backfill: It turns out Coulter isn't the only person to have made this particular point, at least in non-Aruban form. On the "Taste" page of the WSJ a few days ago, Naomi Schaefer Riley wrote about the Duke case and the Imette St. Guillen murder, and the forces arrayed against common sense:
Radical feminists used to warn that men are evil and dangerous. Andrea Dworkin made a career of it. But that message did not seem reconcilable with another core feminist notion--that women should be liberated from social constraints, especially those that require them to behave differently from men. So the first message was dropped and the second took over.
Susan Lampert Smith writes similarly about a young woman left to die in a Wisconsin ditch, and how venerable, seemingly obvious rules--e.g., don't get plastered in bars and drive off with strange men--are no longer drummed into college-age girls. .. 10:16 P.M.
C-3 P.O.? It wasn't just Morgan Stanley's 5.8% of NYT shares rebelling against the Sulzbergers by withholding votes for directors. It was shareholders representing 28%--or 31% or 33%, depending on who's counting--of the shares. A dramatic development in the Pincherdammerung, which (as Arianna notes) the New York Times played near the gutter on page C-3. ... P.S.: Not all two-tier family-controlled publicly-traded newspapers are alike. Here's a chart of Pinch's NYT vs. WaPo. ... 6:15 P.M.
kf Resumes Kamikaze-like Assault on Copy Editors: I'm with DuBow. In the formula