W. Is for WASP

W. Is for WASP

W. Is for WASP

Summaries of what's in Time, Newsweek, etc.
Feb. 25 2000 9:30 PM

W. Is for WASP

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Talk, March 2000


A profile casts Barbara Bush as "arguably the most important woman in the race for the presidency." Bush's "Betsy Ross-meets-Betty Crocker" image is a political asset in her son's campaign. "America's steeliest grandmother" is unabashed about leveraging her popularity into donations for the son she still calls "Little George." A gripping article chronicles a writer's encounter with the man convicted of shooting and paralyzing her nephew. The man, now in prison, describes his unspeakable life: He had half a dozen kids by as many women by the time he was 17, abandoned them all, and dealt drugs. He's awful, but the author's not sure he's guilty. The cover story, complemented by juicy photos, romanticizes Jennifer Lopez's relationship with Puff Daddy. Lopez loves Sean Combs because he understands her ambition and fame. When away from Puffy, the Latina diva travels with eight trunks of designer duds.


Time and Newsweek, Feb. 28

Both mags savage George W. for taking the low road to victory in South Carolina. Newsweek's cover emblazons Bush's forehead with the word: "HARDBALL." Time's cover story claims that Bush was "ferocious even by South Carolina's down-and-dirty standards." The piece notes that Bush's campaign has already made several thousand attack phone calls to Michigan voters. ...Newsweek's cover story says Bush's Machiavellian moves give McCain "no choice but to get personal." Bush's feint to the far right will haunt him in the general election.

A Newsweek article  reveals that adolescents' brains are different than adults'. The parts of the brain associated with intelligence and self-control undergo a teen-age growth spurt but don't reach full maturity until the 20s. An interview with Miramax's Weinstein brothers discloses that Harvey is recovering from a bacterial infection he contracted in St. Barts. He boasts that "this year alone" three major studios offered him the helm. Time describes the corruption of Japan's most famous sport, sumo wrestling. "Sumo fixing" has made it nearly as phony as the WWF.


U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 28

The cover story claims that global climate change is already changing the environment. Antarctica's year-round temperature has jumped 4 degrees since midcentury. Early winter temperatures are up about 9 degrees. As a result, glaciers are melting, seals are migrating, and Adélie penguins are dying. An article concludes that both Bush and McCain were bruised by the South Carolina primary battle. Bush's negatives rose, and he effectively branded McCain as a typical hypocritical pol. A piece reports that dark chocolate is good for you. The flavonoids in chocolate counteract the precursors of cancer and heart disease, according to two studies sponsored by the candy maker Mars.


Weekly Standard, Feb. 28

The cover story flogs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for bullying businesses into creating ergonomically correct workplaces. OSHA's regulatory overreach is based on junk science. It would impose a "multibillion-dollar burden" on American business, expose employers to liability for stapling strain, and turn OSHA inspectors into "feng shui consultants." An editorial  castigates the presidential candidates for timidity on racial issues. Republicans failed to speak out against the Confederate flag. Democrats are kowtowing to Al Sharpton. …  An article argues that the digital divide doesn't exist. The gap between white and black computer ownership is shrinking. From 1994 to 1998 white computer ownership rose by 72 percent; African-American computer ownership by 125 percent.


The Nation, March 6

An editorial encourages Ralph Nader to wage a serious Green Party campaign for the presidency. Nader could push the Democratic nominee to the left by articulating a "progressive alternative" on trade policy and corporate welfare. An article  attacks the attacks on "social promotion." In fact, holding kids back is counterproductive, since repeaters are more likely to drop out and remedial education for underachievers is less expensive and more effective than making kids repeat grades.