Alan Keyes' Peculiar Popularity 

Summaries of what's in Time, Newsweek, etc.
Jan. 14 2000 9:30 PM

Alan Keyes' Peculiar Popularity 

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New Republic, Jan. 24

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The cover editorial praises the Clinton administration's handling of the Elián González affair, calling it "a shocking act of principle." Demagoguing Elián's fate could have helped Democrats' chances in Cuban-packed Florida and New Jersey, but the Clintonites resisted sacrificing the boy to politics. A piece contends that Alan Keyes' increasing popularity "illustrates just how marginalized the fight for the right has become." The fact that Keyes' "lunacy sells" shows the loopiness of the "fringiest of the far-right fringe."

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Economist, Jan. 15

The cover editorial claims that America Online's takeover of Time Warner signals the convergence of bricks-and-mortar businesses and online companies. The deal recognizes that e-firms are overvalued and vulnerable to shifting customer allegiances. The related cover story applauds the deal for providing AOL the content, distribution channels, and marketing it needs. An article forecasts the decline of megaplex movie theaters. The market is saturated and there aren't enough good movies for all those screens.  

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New York, Jan. 17

The cover story marvels at the "intensive pet care" industry. Manhattan's Animal Medical Center facility looks just like a human hospital: Plaques honor benefactors, pets are wheeled around on stretchers, and wings are named after deceased dogs. Animal dentists perform root canals for $1,000; a veterinary ophthalmologist removes cat cataracts for $1,500 per eye; dialysis cost $55,000 per year. Soon the center will offer kidney transplants. A review of The America We Deserve reveals Donald Trump's plans for the nation. To finance more spying, Donald proposes a national lottery. If elected, he promises administration jobs for Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

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New York Times Magazine, Jan. 16

The cover story laments the persistence of educational inequality, which stems from the pathologies of poverty. Even the best schools cannot equalize academic achievement. Enriched pre- and after-school programs might help break the cycle of disadvantage. A profile attributes Renata Adler's penchant for smashing icons to her depressive nature. Adler disregards journalism's clubby rules in a memoir that eviscerates the New Yorker editors who nurtured her career. She blames ex-editor William Shawn for making the magazine pompous. An article describes the horrific conditions in a Mexican mental institution: It is illustrated with stark photos of children tethered to window bars and half-naked inmates huddled around puddles of urine.

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Talk, February 2000

The cover story reveals that the "surprisingly sweet (for lack of a better word)" Leonardo DiCaprio insisted that director James Cameron add a crucial spitting scene to Titanic and prune some clichés from it. Leo finds fame a "false paradise." A profile of Karenna Gore Schiff (a Slate alumna) says that she is "America's fantasy Gore: transparent, funny, at ease." Before becoming a mother and a valued member of her dad's campaign, the "telegenic hipster" partied a lot. In a two-page spread, bikini-clad Melania Knauss caresses the presidential seal. She had planned to be a "very traditional" first lady for Donald Trump. Alas, he dumped her after the mag went to press. A slavish article pegged to Miramax-produced The Talented Mr. Ripley instructs readers on how to "plot the perfect Ripley vacation." 

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