‘Herd men­tal­ity’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

We trust that Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney, was treated to a more ac­cept­ing, if not sup­port­ive, au­di­ence when she par­tic­i­pated in a con­ver­sa­tion Aug. 16 with As­pen In­sti­tute Pres­i­dent (and Ge­orge­town res­i­dent) Wal­ter Isaac­son, part of the 2006 McCloskey Sum­mer Speaker Se­ries be­ing held in the Colorado Rock­ies.

If you weren’t watch­ing C-SPAN over the Aug. 12-13 week­end, the cable chan­nel aired the As­pen In­sti­tute’s re­cent panel dis­cus­sion fea­tur­ing Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights Norman Lear (“All in the Fam­ily”), ac­tor and film­maker Syd­ney Pol­lack (“Toot­sie,” “Out of Africa,” “Ab­sence of Mal­ice”), and au­thor and film­maker Nora Ephron (“Silk­wood,” “Sleep­less in Seat­tle,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “When Harry Met Sally”).

One thing im­me­di­ately be­came clear dur­ing this so-called “ex­change of ideas”: while Hol­ly­wood likes to preach di­ver­sity and open­mind­ed­ness, it wants lit­tle to do with a large chunk of the Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion — Repub­li­cans and evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians.

Our three fa­vorite an­swers (each met with re­sound­ing laugh­ter and ap­plause) to ques­tions posed to the panel: If handed a script in which the hero was a con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can, would they make the movie?

Mrs. Ephron?

“I doubt it.”

Do you have friends who are evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians, or sup­port­ers of Ge­orge W. Bush, or both?

Mrs. Ephron?

“No, I don’t.”

Do any of you know one of the 23 per­cent of Amer­i­cans who con­sider them­selves evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians?

Mrs. Ephron?

“No, and I am not ashamed of it. I just want to say that.”

Por­tions of the same dis­cus­sion also were re­broad­cast by “The Jerry Doyle Show,” which airs on more than 250 ra­dio sta­tions na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing WTNT 570AM in Wash­ing­ton from 3 to 6 p.m. week­days.

The Talk Ra­dio Net­work’s Lee Habeeb told Inside the Belt­way on Aug. 15: “We had a blast with the sound be­cause Jerry was ac­tu­ally a Hol­ly­wood guy — he starred in the cult sci-fi hit ‘Baby­lon Five,’ and lived the life of the Hol­ly­wood star be­fore tak­ing a run at a con­gres­sional seat as a Repub­li­can.

“So he had some great in­sights about­the­herd­men­tal­i­tythat­pre­vails in Hol­ly­wood. It drove him crazy.”

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