Idiot Politicians Brought Up ‘Witchcraft’ Claims To Snub Rowling

September 30, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Former speechwriter for George W. Bush, Matt Latimer, has said that J. K. Rowling missed out on the honor of the Presidential Medal of Freedom because some in the administration believed that her Harry Potter series promoted witchcraft.

The claim, made in his new book ‘Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor’, alleges that it was ‘narrow-minded thinking’ that led to Rowling being excluded in the honor, which has been given to several authors in the past.

It is just one more example of the Bush administration and their ridiculous claims and biased values that went into running this country.

Among others who were denied the medal were the late Senator Edward Kennedy, who was deemed ‘too Liberal’.

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One Response to “Idiot Politicians Brought Up ‘Witchcraft’ Claims To Snub Rowling”

  1. Bruce J on October 1st, 2009 11:37 pm

    No, the idiocy is to believe such stories, without any careful research of the claim or the man who made them, simply because they happen to fit someone’s own view of Bush or his officials. Sadly, the press is hardly bothering to check the claim against known facts, or to ask any questions about the credibility of Matt Latimer (a bit player in the White House, whom many didn’t know)– though already one of his first big claims has been shown to be hooey!

    (I’m referring to his odd claim that Bush didn’t even know who Palin was when McCain chose her as his running mate. Few who repeated it in print seem to ask many questions about it; few seem to have bothered to do a quick Lexis-Nexus search to see if it the claim accorded with readily available records. The claim is preposterous on its surface. But if one is in doubt, a two minute web-search would uncover things like the LA Times posting of Aug 28, 2008 –immediately after the choice was announced–which ran a quick check and found 4 specific occasions on which Bush & Palin had met, including one earlier that month!)

    As for this “snubbing” claim — a half hour researching the basis and history of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and esp. the handful of authors & folk in related fields to whom Bush awarded this distinction, would undercut the notion that Rowling might even have been under consideration. Just read the citations, which lay out the basis for their receiving the award, and you can see that Rowling’s work, as popular, positive and influential as it may be, does not make the sort or contribution that led to the honoring of a Harper Lee (who “helped focus the nation on the turbulent struggle for equality”) or David McCullough (for reminding Americans that “the laws we live by, the freedoms we enjoy, the institutions that we take for granted are all the work of other people who went before us”).

    At any rate, Rowling’s work was being published DURING Bush’s Presidency. Perhaps she will one day be considered an appropriate recipient, but you shouldn’t expect that for some years, i.e.., only after its contribution has had time to become clear & well-established. That was, in fact, the case with Lee, McCullough and many others.

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