John W. Alexander

TV: Shocking the flock

Television | For liberal priest or sitcom pastor nothing can be sacred
by John W. Alexander
Posted 11/01/97, 12:00 am

The difference between good TV and bad TV," said Michael Medved recently while guest-hosting the Rush Limbaugh show, "is the difference between good heroin and bad heroin." Two new ABC programs show what this year's addicts are going through.

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Books: Dishonoring thy father

Books | The artist formerly known as Franky fails again at fiction
by John W. Alexander
Posted 10/25/97, 12:00 am

Frank Schaeffer, rebel son of the prominent Presbyterian minister who founded a ministry in Switzerland called L'Abri (the shelter), has written his second novel about Calvin Becker, rebel son of a prominent Presbyterian minister who founds a ministry in Switzerland called L'Arche (the ark). Autobiographical? No, no, says the disclaimer, this is fiction. Granting that unlikely premise, Saving Grandma still fails miserably.

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Men in black are back

National | Affirmative action case atop '97-'98 high-court agenda
by John W. Alexander
Posted 10/04/97, 12:00 am

In the matter of dismantling affirmative action, Bill Clinton may be a conservative's most powerful ally. In an approach to public policy that characterized the earliest days of his presidency, Mr. Clinton has traveled the width and breadth of the affirmative action landscape. His most recent indecision, manifested in his flip-flopping in a case before the the U.S. Supreme Court, may be reason for cheers from the opponents of race-based favoritism.

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