Sep
01
1996

The Celebrity and the Sweatshops

Kathie Lee's "Star Power" outshines child workers

Kathie Lee Gifford was caught off guard when labor rights ac­tivist Charlie Kernaghan and his team at the National Labor Committee revealed the unperky truth: The Wal-Mart clothing line that bears her name (and picture) was partly made in sweatshops by Central American kids. But before the month was out, Gif­ford's "Scramble to Save Face" (New York Times, 5/24/96) had been trans­formed into a crusade: With help from damage-control king Howard Ruben­stein (PR consultant to Leona Helmsley and Donald Trump), Kathie Lee became a "committed labor activist" (New York Times, 6/13/96). Suddenly it was Gif­ford, not Kernaghan, who had "called […]

Sep
01
1996

The Jewish Media: The Lie That Won't Die

When Marlon Brando declared on Larry King Live (4/5/96) that "Hollywood is owned by Jews," he only said what quite a few Americans believe. Since they don't know who owns the media, millions think that it's "the Jews." It is an old canard. Having been codified in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (forged by Czarist cops in 1905), the lie was sold here by Henry Ford through the 1920s. ("The Twelfth Protocol," proclaimed his Dearborn Independent, "contains the entire plan of Control of the Press, reaching from the present time into the future when the Jewish World Government […]

Sep
01
1996

How the NRA Rewrote the Constitution

On Second Amendment, Reporters Side With Gun Lobby Against Supreme Court

On April 5, 1996, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its ruling in Hickman v. City of Los Angeles. Ray Hickman had argued that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave him a right to keep and bear firearms, and that this right was infringed by the city's refusal to issue him a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The Ninth Circuit rejected Hickman's claim: "We follow our sister circuits in holding that the Second Amendment is a right held by the states," the court said, "and does not protect the possession of […]