Wednesday, May 18, 2005

By their sources you shall know them

Last Sunday's Roanoke Times' editorial begins:

Guest columnist Julianne Malveaux, writing on today's Commentary page...

Does everyone know who Julianne Malveaux is? How about the woman who wished death on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -- "The man is on the Court. You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. Well, that’s how I feel. He is an absolutely reprehensible person."

How about the woman who wrote that evolving dictator and Fidel Castro protege Hugo Chavez was continuing Martin Luther King, Jr's legacy in Venezuela?

Or the woman who revealed she does not say the Pledge of Allegiance because she believes its words, including the reference to liberty and justice, are "nothing but a lie."

What kind of journalists would try to pass Malveaux off as an authority on anything? Or perhaps just as bad, what kind of journalists would actually believe she's a reliable source of knowledge?

Someone on the Roanoke Times' staff has read Ms. Malveaux's work. Someone agrees with her so strongly they cite her in their first sentence.

Think about it.