The redesigned Time magazine is lending itself to selling the letters and quotes that are pleasing to liberals. In the Inbox section, letters praising Al Gore and Caroline Kennedy are in bold letters, as is a letter demanding Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should have been canned along with Donald Rumsfeld when CBS broke open Abu Ghraib in 2004. In the Verbatim section, only two quotes were in bold type: from Elizabeth Edwards and Bush-bashing Sean Penn.
Next to a picture of Al Gore came the bolded letter: "Whatever Al Gore's electric bill is, he has alerted the public to global warming. Gore doesn't have to live in a cardboard box to be right on this issue." -- Bruce Rider, Grapevine, Texas.
A caption underneath the picture and letter pitches Gore as a "leading light of environmentalism."
Turn the page, and there is a bolded letter on Caroline Kennedy (with no photo): "Caroline Kennedy's story on community service highlighted a promising trend. Students are not powerless but have the ability to shape change." -- Eric Sundberg, Centerport, N.Y.
Turn the page again, and there above a picture of Alberto Gonzales is this little letter: "President Bush could have saved himself a lot of grief if he had just sacked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld back when Abu Ghraib broke." -- Daniel Matthews, Portland, Oregon.
In the Verbatim quotes section, the third quote, from Elizabeth Edwards, was in bold type: "I don't want that to be my legacy." That legacy would be in denying her husband "the opportunity to be President."
After two more quotes came Sean Penn from a town-hall meeting in Oakland, California: "You and your smarmy pundits -- and the smarmy pundits you have in your pocket -- can take your war and shove it."