Aug 1 2002

Leading Papers Rally ‘Round the Pledge

In the immediate aftermath of an appeals court ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional, nearly all the commentary in the country’s leading newspapers criticized the decision. Editorialists in leading papers called it “a fundamentally silly ruling” (L.A. Times, 6/27/02) or an “addled opinion” (Wall Street Journal, 6/27/02). The New York Times (6/27/02) said it “lacks common sense,” while the Washington Post (6/27/02) compared it to a “parody.” The appeals court “went way overboard,” in the opinion of Long Island Newsday; for the New York Daily News (6/27/02), “the sooner this decision is overturned, the better.” Signed columns in […]