An early Hitchens appearance on American television, here he criticizes the U.S. invasion of Grenada and faces a largely hostile viewing audience while he attempts to defend the freedom of the press. Other topics include Lebanon, Iran, Israel, anti-communism and U.S. foreign policy. The full second hour of this program remains unfortunately unavailable, though clips can be found online.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Topics include the media, presidential campaigns, Bob Dole, the Iran-Contra affair, Richard Nixon, Al Gore, Ronald Reagan, Michael Dukakis, Mario Cuomo, Jesse Jackson, Irangate, Elections, Money, Iran, socialism, Tipper Gore, and Henry Kissinger.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The committee heard a statement from Supreme Court nominee and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Clarence Thomas to begin his reopened confirmation hearings. Anita Hill, a former employee under Judge Thomas in the Department of Education and later the EEOC, had notified the Judiciary Committee earlier during Judge Thomas' confirmation hearings that she had been sexually harassed by Judge Thomas when he was her boss during the early 1980s. Originally the charges had been investigated and discussed with committee members by committee chairman Biden. Over the weekend before the Senate confirmation vote on Judge Thomas, Professor Hill's charges were leaked to the press, setting off a fire storm of debate on the Supreme Court nominee's propriety. The Senate delayed the confirmation vote from October 10 to October 15 to accommodate additional hearings on the charges. In his opening statement, Judge Thomas vehemently denied having harassed Ms. Hill during their work at the Department of Education and the EEOC, and described their relationship. He characterized the confirmation process as an ordeal in which he and his family were humiliated, and said the price for confirmation was too high. Judge Thomas summed up his statement by stating his refusal to respond to questions on his private life, saying he would "not provide the rope for. . . his own lynching." Following Judge Thomas' opening statement, Sen. Hatch and committee chairman Biden exchanged sharp words concerning the introduction of Professor Hill's affidavit into testimony. The committee recessed for five minutes, and reemerged to state it would delay questioning Judge Thomas and would hear testimony from Professor Hill.