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The Sudden Impact of Dirty Harry

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Aug 20, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 45 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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In any event, Turner is hoping that a play about Molly Ivins, a polarizing figure in real life, will prove to be a source of partisan détente. “One of these challenges may be getting a wide enough breadth of -people to come, you know, because people are so closed-minded now, that if they think it doesn’t represent their point of view, they’re not interested,” Turner told the Washington Examiner. “I’m afraid it will be like—if you’re a Republican, don’t go to the show—it’s a real shame both artistically and as a reflection of our nation’s mentality.”

This is a rather bizarre observation for Turner to make: Shortly after decrying close-minded partisanship, she explains that she went out of her way to avoid meeting George W. Bush when he was president.

“I had to do some real dodging there once in a while, but I pretty much managed it,” she told the -Examiner, explaining how she evaded the former president. “I used to be on the Kennedy Center artistic, you know, selection board and those events are always held at the White House, and so then I had to bow out for a few years, didn’t I?”

Of course, Turner tells the Examiner, she had no problem running into Molly Ivins. “She and Turner’s paths crossed several times, ranging from attending the same People for the American Way event to riding in the same elevator at a New York City apartment building.” Nothing quite like hobnobbing with liberal pundits on the Upper West Side and at political fundraisers to open your eyes to diversity of opinion.

 

The Right Kind of Diversity

Members of the presidentially appointed board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting lifted not a finger when National Public Radio fired Juan Williams for having the audacity to contribute to Fox News. But CPB is still hard at work in Washington funding leftist causes. Even the Associated Press had to take notice of CPB’s latest squandering of taxpayers’ money. Reports the AP, 

National Public Radio, criticized in recent years over diversity of its staff and coverage, is using a $1.5 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to put together a six-person team to report stories on race, ethnicity and
culture. 

The national radio program producer and digital news provider was accepting a two-year grant Thursday at the UNITY 2012 Convention in Las Vegas, where hundreds of minority and gay and lesbian journalists gathered for the quadrennial convention assembled by UNITY Journalists Inc.

NPR said in a news release that it is using the money to “launch a major storytelling initiative focused on the racial, ethnic, ideological and generational issues that define the increasingly diverse America.”

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