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March 18, 2005

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TONY AND TACKY

PAUL GIGOT: Winners and losers, picks and pans, we call it Tony & Tacky, our choices for the best and the worst of the week. This week, as world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust, the folks at C-SPAN were insisting that in the interests of fairness they had to give airtime to a man who says the Holocaust never took place. Bret, tony or tacky?

BRET STEPHENS: Well, this is a tacky, but it isn't even for the Holocaust denier, a man called David Irving. It's a tacky for C-SPAN. C-SPAN decided that they wanted to give airtime to a scholar of the Holocaust, a woman by the name of Deborah Lipstadt, but only if they could give equal airtime to Mr. Irving, on the idea that there ought to be some balance between the two.

Now I understand that C-SPAN wants to give equal time to Democrats as well as to Republicans, both sides of the issues, but when you decide that there ought to be balance between Holocaust deniers and scholars of the Holocaust, between people who are telling lies and people who are telling the truth, you've traveled a long road down the way towards moral relativism, and it's a shame that C-SPAN has allowed itself to be hijacked this way. A tacky for them.

PAUL GIGOT: Thanks, Bret. Senator Ted Kennedy celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a dramatically changed attitude toward the Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, who had been getting so much respect in recent years. Rob, Tony or Tacky?

ROB POLLOCK: Listen, that's a big tony for Teddy, actually. I mean, this is a big deal. I mean Sinn Fein is of course the so-called "political wing" of the Irish Republican Army. And the Irish Republican Army is, of course, a terrorist group. And one of the great mysteries after September 11th has been Gerry Adams' ability to sort of defy political gravity in a world where nobody accepts the old saw that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. And finally, that's starting to change for Gerry Adams. And so kudos to Teddy for recognizing that. And if only we could get some of the other IRA sympathizers in Congress to come along. I'm thinking particularly of Peter King, a Republican, who is the worst on this issue.

PAUL GIGOT: From New York.

ROB POLLOCK: Yes.

PAUL GIGOT: Okay. All right. Thanks, Rob. And finally, the Marines won another one when the United Auto Workers Union tried to take away their parking places. Jason, what's this all about?

JASON RILEY: Well they did take it away. This is a tony for the Marines. And it also might be of interest to anyone who's wondering why the American labor movement is in such decline. The United Auto Workers told the Marine reservists they could not park in this lot if they drove foreign automobiles or if they had pro-Bush bumper stickers on these automobiles. Now, when the bloggers and the radio chat shows got wind of this, it created a huge backlash against the UAW, who's now backtracking. People were threatening to buy automobiles from non-union manufacturers like Toyota and Nissan instead of Fords and Chevy's.

So now, apparently, the United Auto Workers realized that Americans have more affection for our servicemen than they do for unionized auto manufacturers. And they're backtracking. They've told the Marines, okay, you can park here. But the Marines have said, never mind, we'll find someplace else to park. And I say good for them.

PAUL GIGOT: All right Jason, thanks. That's it for this edition of THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT. Thank you from all of us. We'll be back next week and we hope you'll join us then.