November 21, 2005

But he's a Nobel nominee!

The LA Times/AP and NPR highlight an essentially useless tidbit in their biased bid against capital punishment:

NPR: Crips co-founder Tookie Williams faces execution in California on Dec. 13 unless the governor grants him clemency. Williams, convicted of four murders, has become a noted anti-gang crusader, writer of children's books, and a Nobel Prize nominee while in prison at San Quentin.

LA Times/AP: He has received several Nobel Prize nominations and has attracted a cadre of celebrity supporters, including actor Jamie Foxx, who played Williams in a television movie, actor-activist Mike Farrell and rapper Snoop Dogg, who is scheduled to appear at a rally Saturday outside the prison.

Geez, 'ya might as well nominate Adolph Hitler for a Nobel! What's that? He was nominated for a Nobel?? And the Peace Prize at that?

Posted by Felix at November 21, 2005 07:36 PM | TrackBack

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Hey, if Arafat can get a peace prize, why not this Tookie guy? Maybe Jimmy Carter can get the Bloods and Crips to shake hands and promise to be really, really good from now on. I'm still waiting for Ed Asner to come out with a "Free Saddam" campaign.

Posted by: G Rex at November 22, 2005 12:33 PM

I believe the Hitler nomination was retracted prior to consideration. But, the general point of the post is a good one.

Posted by: dan at November 22, 2005 01:49 PM

There was some talk a few years about John Paul II being up for the Nobel Peace Prize, and there were a number of Catholics who hoped he didn't get it since they didn't want him in the same group of people as Arafat.

The Nobel Peace Prize log ago ceased to be about peace; it's been political for a long time. How did Reagan not get it for ending the Cold War peacefully? Gorbachev did, and the Gipper forced him into the position he was in. They flat out admitted giving it to Carter was a slap at the Iraq War. The IAEA? They've done a great job! <:sarcasm> Rigoberta Menchu?

At a rough guess, it's been purely political since the early '90s. Ignore the Nobel Peace Prize; you'll never get the back the few seconds of your life that actually pay attention it. (To the best of my knowledge, the other prizes are still legit.)

Posted by: Paul Smith at November 22, 2005 03:22 PM

"Ending the Cold War peacefully," Paul? C'mon...that "war" was for pussies. A "war" or words. By any standard definition, it was hardly a "war." Iraq? That's a war. Revolution? That's a war! Russia v. US? Just a bunch of overblown superpowers vying for hegemony in the ultimate dick-measuring contest!

Posted by: Mike M. at November 22, 2005 07:18 PM

By the way, guys, it's a load of horsecrap that NPR and the LA Times are the only ones doing this. A friend reminded me this afternoon of the equally bogus "Nobel Prize nominee" -- on the right -- who testified that Terri Schiavo wasn't in a persistent vegetative state. When my friend told me this, I remembered that indeed he was all over FOX (of course), CNN and MSNBC and the other networks being touted as a "Nobel Prize Nominee" and expert on all things Schiavo, when he was just another loony hack saying blatantly false things about Schiavo for political purposes. A righty Congressman in Florida nominated him, and I believe it was exposed that he wasn't even allowed to do so under Nobel rules.

I wonder if he's been interviewed since the autopsy results came back? :)

Anyway....yeah, not just the "lefty" press.

Posted by: dan at November 22, 2005 08:19 PM

Your anecdote may very well be true, Dan. I'll trust that it is. But certainly you are not trying to imply that this is done equally by both sides, are you? Would any of the overwhelming number of MSM outlets ever note that, say, an abortion clinic bomber was a Pultitzer Peace Prize nominee? Of course not. For that matter, with the lack of political diversity among those eligible to nominate, is it even possible to have some equality of this abuse between the right and left?

Posted by: mikem at November 22, 2005 10:14 PM

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