Cultural Revolutions

Suspended Without Pay

Andy Rooney, the 60 Minutes humorist, found himself suspended without pay by CBS in February after a homosexual magazine, The Advocate, attributed racial comments ("blacks have watered down their genes because the less intelligent ones are the ones that have the most children") to him—comments he denies making, and for which The Advocate's reporter has no proof. But Rooney is not alone in being silenced.

Consider the case of Michael Fumento, author of The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS. Mr. Fumento, whose book repudiates the notion that AIDS is poised to break out into the general populace and hence must be considered "everyone's disease," had his book rejected on explicitly political grounds by several publishers before it was accepted by Basic Books. Last year, a profile of him in Forbes magazine drew a picket from a group called ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) and anonymous death threats, for the author of the profile: The magazine's editor, multimillionaire Malcolm Forbes Sr. (since deceased), bizarrely chose to receive this group in his office for a two-hour harangue, and a week later ran a retraction of the piece in his magazine, denouncing Fumento's "asinine" views, insisting that he would have killed the profile had he not been traveling at the time, and publishing a full-page ACT-UP tract with his endorsement at the top. (A...

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