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October 7, 2008
Presidential politics moved into the realm of character assassination this week with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's remark about Sen. Barack Obama "palling around with terrorists." The connection the Republican vice presidential candidate was making was to 1960s radical William Ayers, whom Mr. Obama knows chiefly because they both served on a charitable board involved in education reform. Considering the Illinois senator has said he does not share the political views of the founder of the Weather Underground and describes him as "somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8," one would think the "palling around" claim beyond the pale.
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July 29, 2014
The recent attack on Mike Anthony Peroutka by the political establishment as well as The Baltimore Sun and its subsidiary publications is nothing less than character assassination in an attempt to kill his candidacy for Anne Arundel County Council ( "Hogan, GOP concerned about Arundel candidate's ties to secessionist group," July 25). Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's disavowal of Mr. Peroutka incorrectly implies that he had avowed him to start with. Mr. Hogan's campaign manager's statement, "Those views have never been part of the Republican Party...
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NEWS
December 1, 2012
Your article, "New concerns arise after Rice, GOP senator meet," (Nov. 29) fails to mention what is generally accepted by insiders in Washington and that is that the Republican strategy behind the character assassination of Susan Rice is an attempt to force President Barack Obama to appoint Sen. John Kerry to fill the position of Secretary of State so that Scott Brown gets another shot at becoming senator from Massachusetts. I am not surprised that the Republican Party would stoop so low as to trash a patriotic individual in order to advance its political agenda, but I am surprised that Sen. Susan Collins, one of the few reasonable GOP senators still around, would join this unholy cabal.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 14, 2013
As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer. "As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it. He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn't do it. " The "it" is tubal ligation. He wanted to sterilize her. Cordero, who is now 34, was serving time for auto theft at a California prison. She finally said yes, a decision she regrets seven years later.
NEWS
By WILEY A. HALL | January 26, 1995
The hero of Shakespeare's "Othello" was acclaimed as a resourceful general, honored for his wisdom and character, treated as a friend and confidant by the rich and powerful nobles who courted his favor.In the play, the admiration for Othello was so widespread that it transcended his being a Moor in 16th Century Venice -- a black man in a white world.Othello won the heart of Desdemona, a woman of gentle birth who was considered one of the most beautiful and virtuous in the land. But jealousy, goaded by the lies of a spiteful aide named Iago, toppled Othello.
NEWS
By David Belin | March 23, 1992
FORMER Chief Justice Earl Warren, one of the great Americans of this century, is being honored by the issuance of a new postage stamp.At one time he was best known for his leadership in breaking down the barriers of discrimination through the landmark decision of Brown vs. Board of Education.But today's young Americans know him best as he is portrayed in the Warner Brothers film "J.F.K.": as a liar, an incompetent and as someone who participated in a cover-up of the truth about the assassination of President Kennedy.
NEWS
September 27, 2012
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has certainly written quite a flamboyant article regarding the Occupy movement ("Occupy movement got America wrong," Sept. 23). In it, he states a disconnect between them and the so-called "middle class," a catch-all term he uses to project his own identity. Most notably, at no point in the article does he refute anything that the Occupy movement stands for. Since he cannot refute their goals, he must resort to character assassination and manipulative language instead.
NEWS
July 29, 2014
The recent attack on Mike Anthony Peroutka by the political establishment as well as The Baltimore Sun and its subsidiary publications is nothing less than character assassination in an attempt to kill his candidacy for Anne Arundel County Council ( "Hogan, GOP concerned about Arundel candidate's ties to secessionist group," July 25). Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's disavowal of Mr. Peroutka incorrectly implies that he had avowed him to start with. Mr. Hogan's campaign manager's statement, "Those views have never been part of the Republican Party...
NEWS
By Robert C. Maynard | March 27, 1992
WHEN THE 1968 presidential campaign was over, I came home and took a long, hot shower. "What made you feel so dirty?" one of the children asked at dinner the other night. A really slimy political campaign has that effect on me, I said. That was not a campaign worthy of the White House. I told my children I was among the least surprised of Americans when Spiro T. Agnew, the vice presidential pit bull of 1968, turned out to be a crook. Within three years, he was unceremoniously disRobert C.Maynardmissed from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The political demise of his boss was to follow in due course.
NEWS
By GILBERT SANDLERE | January 14, 1992
THE RUSSIAN Revolution, and the Communist Party that both won and lost it, are history now. But the Marxist idea, nurtured by the revolution, caught fire around the world and helped to bring about what is now known as McCarthyism in the United States. That dreaded "ism" found its way to Baltimore via Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins University. Does anybody remember Owen Lattimore?On the evening of Feb. 9, 1950, against a background of communism marching across Europe and Asia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin stood up at the McClure Hotel in Wheeling, W. Va., and said, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 names known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lauren McEwen | December 11, 2012
This week starts with Kyle, who is increasingly becoming my least favorite Housewife. Did Kyle's family get egged? As a result of her meddling, I hope. Mauricio pretends to believe it's some high school prank targeting Alexia. But aww, it's a new car reveal! They got Alexia a Lexus C250. A C class Lexus for a girl who can't begin to parallel park? A 16-year-old? My life sucks. At least she seems sweet and grateful. Kyle knows her friends are going to resent this bit of showiness, but it's the fruit of Mauricio's new real estate company.
NEWS
December 1, 2012
Your article, "New concerns arise after Rice, GOP senator meet," (Nov. 29) fails to mention what is generally accepted by insiders in Washington and that is that the Republican strategy behind the character assassination of Susan Rice is an attempt to force President Barack Obama to appoint Sen. John Kerry to fill the position of Secretary of State so that Scott Brown gets another shot at becoming senator from Massachusetts. I am not surprised that the Republican Party would stoop so low as to trash a patriotic individual in order to advance its political agenda, but I am surprised that Sen. Susan Collins, one of the few reasonable GOP senators still around, would join this unholy cabal.
NEWS
September 27, 2012
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has certainly written quite a flamboyant article regarding the Occupy movement ("Occupy movement got America wrong," Sept. 23). In it, he states a disconnect between them and the so-called "middle class," a catch-all term he uses to project his own identity. Most notably, at no point in the article does he refute anything that the Occupy movement stands for. Since he cannot refute their goals, he must resort to character assassination and manipulative language instead.
NEWS
October 7, 2008
Presidential politics moved into the realm of character assassination this week with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's remark about Sen. Barack Obama "palling around with terrorists." The connection the Republican vice presidential candidate was making was to 1960s radical William Ayers, whom Mr. Obama knows chiefly because they both served on a charitable board involved in education reform. Considering the Illinois senator has said he does not share the political views of the founder of the Weather Underground and describes him as "somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8," one would think the "palling around" claim beyond the pale.
NEWS
December 19, 2005
Pitiful pay pushes foster parents away I have been a foster parent in Baltimore for almost 11 years. Eighteen infants and children have been placed in my home during that time, some for as little as one night and some for as long as 20 months. It has been my pleasure to be there for every one. My calculations tell me that with the recent increase in foster care payments my family's new stipend will be $19 a day, which translates to 80 cents an hour ("Scraps for foster families," editorial, Dec. 7)
NEWS
By WILEY A. HALL | January 26, 1995
The hero of Shakespeare's "Othello" was acclaimed as a resourceful general, honored for his wisdom and character, treated as a friend and confidant by the rich and powerful nobles who courted his favor.In the play, the admiration for Othello was so widespread that it transcended his being a Moor in 16th Century Venice -- a black man in a white world.Othello won the heart of Desdemona, a woman of gentle birth who was considered one of the most beautiful and virtuous in the land. But jealousy, goaded by the lies of a spiteful aide named Iago, toppled Othello.
NEWS
By WILLIAM PFAFF | November 7, 1994
Paris -- I suppose this is a hopeless cause, but in an election season anything can happen, and certainly this year's has been the most sordid American election campaign yet.Americans do not have to put up with this. There is a way to change the country's political campaigns for the better. It is by eliminating paid political advertising on television and radio.Nearly every other democracy bans paid broadcast political advertising and enforces an impartial use of the airwaves by political candidates and parties.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 14, 2013
As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer. "As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it. He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn't do it. " The "it" is tubal ligation. He wanted to sterilize her. Cordero, who is now 34, was serving time for auto theft at a California prison. She finally said yes, a decision she regrets seven years later.
NEWS
By WILLIAM PFAFF | November 7, 1994
Paris -- I suppose this is a hopeless cause, but in an election season anything can happen, and certainly this year's has been the most sordid American election campaign yet.Americans do not have to put up with this. There is a way to change the country's political campaigns for the better. It is by eliminating paid political advertising on television and radio.Nearly every other democracy bans paid broadcast political advertising and enforces an impartial use of the airwaves by political candidates and parties.
NEWS
By CARL T. ROWAN | December 16, 1992
Washington. -- Not since the days of Sen. Joe McCarthy have I seen a more sickening smear job than the one the right-wing media is trying to do on Dr. Johnnetta Cole, the education coordinator of the Clinton transition team.The morbidly right-wing Human Events magazine, the unconscionably reactionary Washington Times, and now columnists Evans and Novak are spewing forth innuendoes that might make foolish Americans think Dr. Cole was or is a communist enemy of her country.This distinguished anthropologist and president of Spelman College in Atlanta is accused of once having ''linkage with the extremist left,'' of ''supporting communist dictatorships and the Soviet-front U.S. Peace Council,'' and of belonging ''to the Havana-sponsored Venceramos Brigade.
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