"Conservatives dislike Gumbel so much that he's a regular in the
Media Research Center's bi-weekly Notable Quotables, a compilation of
comments by the 'liberal media.'" So noted USA Today's Peter Johnson
in a January 2 front page story. After a quote from the MRC's Brent Bozell
on Gumbel's ideology, Gumbel defended himself but in so doing more than
confirmed that he's a dedicated liberal:
"I don't know if I have a liberal bent,' Gumbel says. 'But if it is
fair to say it's very difficult for a black man in this country to be of a
conservative bent. That's a fair statement. It's very difficult to be an
African-American male, and have an African-American son who is going to be
18 years of age, and hear things like cops want to crack down and send
more to prison, to hear calls for tougher statutes, less welfare, less
programs for the poor, and less things for people of color. If that says
I'm not conservative, so be it."
One wonders how welfare reform or arresting criminals will personally
impact a millionaire and his law-abiding family.
The compilation of Gumbel quotes sent with the last CyberAlert has led to
some significant play for the quotes, including a Washington Times
editorial on Friday and a column Sunday in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram by
WBAP's Mark Davis.