Comey’s angry score-settling, Holocaust ignorance is old news, and other comments

Comey’s angry score-settling, Holocaust ignorance is old news, and other comments

Ex-diplomat: Comey Gets Mad — and Even

Fired FBI Director James Comey’s new tell-all book may be “a dream come true for President Trump’s opponents,” says former Assistant Secretary of State Robert Charles at Fox News, but it’s “a hatchet job on the president” by someone with an “inflated sense of virtue and self-importance.” Comey, after all, is not the first person to be fired who “fancies getting even with the boss.” But though he “does that in spades,” his book “lowers the reputation of both the FBI and Comey, undermines the presidency and hurts the nation.” All he has really done is “feed the ‘resistance’ beast” in order to retaliate against Trump, “make a huge amount of money and establish himself as an American icon.” The sad part is, “he may succeed on all three counts.”

Historian: Holocaust ‘Ignorance’ Really Is Unremarkable

A startling new survey touted by The New York Times argues that the Holocaust “is fading from memory,” reports Slate’s Rebecca Onion. It “presumes that our knowledge gaps are getting worse and will only become more dire,” given “millennials’ relative ignorance.” But historian Peter Shulman, she notes, looked at similar polls asking for factual knowledge of the Holocaust from the ’80s and ’90s and found “blank spots just as glaring as our own.” In 1985, fully 32 percent weren’t sure or gave the wrong answer when asked to define the Holocaust. And 38 percent couldn’t identify Auschwitz, Dachau and Treblinka as concentration camps. Fact is, Americans, especially young people, have long been “deficient in their ability to rattle off” historical facts.

Foreign desk: Hungary Winning War on Immigrants

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party won a landslide election victory last weekend by running “a single-issue campaign against immigrants,” notes Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky. Indeed, it was “a cultural crusade that has made Hungary the least refugee-friendly country in Europe.” Yet Hungary “isn’t really an anti-immigrant country” — except when it comes to “a certain kind of immigrant.” A government spokesman calls Muslim immigrants “a civilizational problem”; they create “parallel societies in the European countries that receive them.” And Hungarians “want none of that,” to the point of completely dismantling their refugee asylum system. Now Hungary is about to crack down on groups that help migrants. But despite mounting criticism, “to the Orbanites, it’s a matter of national sovereignty, the core of their political creed.”

Culture critic: Meddlers Are Going After the Curators

The “arcane world of museum staffing” recently made news, says Brian Allen at City Journal, when the Brooklyn Museum hired Kristen Windmuller-Luna, who is white, as its curator of African art. Yet despite “her impeccable credentials,” outraged activists, “most of whom know little about either the art in question or the curatorial profession,” have objected on the grounds of diversity. Now New York City is looking to meddle in major museums’ hiring practices: Mayor de Blasio has announced a “cultural plan” to link “city funding for museums to the racial and gender composition of their staffs and boards,” imposing racial quotas “to a figure acceptable to diversity bean-counters.” But given the “tiny” number of trained minority candidates for curatorial positions, “employers will likely lower standards,” which “won’t serve anyone.”

Sports desk: MLB Blackout Policy Hurts the Game

The return of baseball should be providing a welcome haven from “the increasing madness of the national shouting match,” suggests Alexandra DeSanctis at National Review. But Major League Baseball “has developed a complicated” scheme that makes it “nearly impossible to watch our teams play, depending on where we live.” The blackout policy, developed to serve cable and team networks that want exclusive territorial rights, penalizes “viewers for living in their team’s home city or region, the exact opposite of what a successful streaming service would do.” But expecting video-deprived viewers to instead buy season tickets to the ballpark is naïve, at best. Says DeSanctis: “If kids don’t grow up watching their local team because games aren’t on TV, what reason do they have to become invested in the sport at all?”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

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