Along the Tracks

Monday, January 20, 2003

Condensed version

The New York Times kicks off Martin Luther King Day with an excellent criticism of the black church establishment - and a call to action - by one of America’s great journalists and true liberal thinker, Juan Williams.

The Toledo Blade - one of America’s worst newspapers - unsurprisingly calls President Bush’s challenge to the Michigan Law School admissions policy a bone tossed to those who “chafe at the prospect of a more racially diverse America,” but surprisingly discusses the subject of race and opportunity on Martin Luther King Day without once mentioning Martin Luther King.

The Lima News, on the other hand, focuses directly on the legacy of Martin Luther King, his goals, and his strict adherence to nonviolence in the midst of many calls for an aggressive response to oppression.

The Cincinnati Post notes that Bush’s policy of “calculated ambiguity” on when precisely force will be used against Iraq will have to end at some point, probably when bombs start falling.

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