August 14 roundup
- 47% of those polled believe traditional media should offer equal time to opposing viewpoints. Although 57% polled say blog sites should not have to allow other viewpoints, 31% believe the government should “force” them to. Can you believe that? In a related story, help me in welcoming John Edwards as next week’s guest blogger. (“47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV”, Rasmussen Reports, Aug. 14).
- Speaking of John Edwards–is he the new Bill Clinton? Some may think he’s the right person to carry on his legacy. (“John Edwards is the new Clinton, Spitzer, Craig”, MiamiHerald.com, Aug. 13).
- I thought the law was well-settled that you could say ignorant, mean and hurtful things (and, shame on those who do). But, anyway the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously agreed. (“Oregon court says racist, insulting speech is protected”, OregonLive.com, Aug. 14).
- Also from Oregon–a young man’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the police shooting death of their son. “We were forced to go ahead and file this to shed light on the events of that night” his mother said. Shed light? So, what’s with the $14M demand? And, what’s this about him threatening police with a knife? (“Tigard teen’s family sues for millions in fatal police shooting”, OregonLive.com, Aug. 13 & Sep. 17 ’06).
- Let the plaintiff’s bar go to bat for you on this one–after a Utah school learned of a bat infestation it partnered with the county health department to exterminate them. Meanwhile, the district made intercom announcements asking students who may have had contact with bats to seek assistance, and made voluntary payments to seven students for rabies vaccinations. A student’s mother sues despite no evidence her son contracted rabies or suffered any other injury. (“Lehi Mom sues Alpine School District over bats”, Deseret News, Jul. 17).