The Editors of The Washington Post on the News of the World Overreaction. While everyone is gleefully watching the fallout over the News of the World scandal, the Washington Post has posted an editorial arguing that "though contemptible, such excesses by tabloids are hardly new, in Britain or other countries. But because News of the World forms part of the multinational media empire headed by Rupert Murdoch, the affair has touched off a larger backlash against what is regarded as the excessive power of his News Corp., particularly in Britain." While the editorial makes clear that "law enforcement on both sides of the Atlantic should aggressively pursue any evidence of criminal conduct," and that "though News Corp. will suffer, Britain may benefit from its failure to take control of BSkyB and an overall diminution of its influence," nonetheless it "would be easy, however, for the reaction to the scandal to go too far, driven by the long-standing antipathy among the media and political left for Mr. Murdoch and his rightward-leaning organs." In particular, "calls by some Democrats in Congress for the Justice Department to investigate News Corp. for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for example, are premature at best." And "suggestions that Britain should replace the newspaper industry’s self-regulatory body with official regulation are misguided and dangerous."
Frank Bruni on the Strange Case of the Arizona State Senator Pointing her Gun. These are the facts, as described by Frank Bruni: Richard Ruelas, who writes for The Arizona Republic, sat with State Senator Lori Klein just outside the Senate chamber to discuss her carrying a gun. He told Bruni, "'“I looked down and saw a red dot on my chest.' He looked up and realized the dot was the laser sight of the Ruger, which she carries in her pocketbook. Although he wasn’t sure just then whether it had bullets in it, she informed him — after she’d lowered the pistol — that it always does." There was a public outcry as "even Arizonans have their limits." Klein disputed the story at first, but then went quiet. Bruni writes, "You’d think Arizona would be cracking down on guns after the January bloodletting. You’d be wrong...It’s not entirely fair to single out Arizona. Just over a week ago, Wisconsin enacted a law allowing civilians to carry concealed weapons... And on the Federal level, gun-control legislation promoted in response to the Giffords shooting has gone nowhere fast." Bruni notes that meanwhile, "a cavalier attitude about guns persists and even flourishes." Klein's Ruger "is pink, like a Barbie convertible. Showing it to Ruelas, she reportedly said, 'Oh, it’s so cute.'" Writes Bruni: "No, Senator Klein, it’s not. It’s a potentially deadly weapon. When are you and the rest of the country going to wake up to that?"