Camille Paglia is a leftist, a Democrat, a feminist, and a lesbian-leaning bisexual. So why the hell does a conservative white male straight Christian love her so much?
You know why?
Because she's intelligent, confident, sure of herself, and capable of sentient thought.
She says this about John Edwards' pulling out of a debate sponsored by Fox News:
What is this morbid obsession that liberals have with Fox? It's as if Democrats, pampered and spoiled by so many decades of the mainstream media trumpeting the liberal agenda, are so shaky in their convictions that they cannot risk an encounter with opposing views. Democrats have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time and 98 percent of American humanities professors to do their bidding. But no, that's not enough -- every spark of dissent has to be extinguished with buckets of bile.
But Fox is certainly disingenuous with its absurd "fair and balanced" motto. Oh, come on, give it up! Why can't Fox honestly admit its conservative agenda, as do major radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and simply argue that it represents a culturally necessary antidote to the omnipresent liberal line? Yet for Democratic presidential candidates, who will be assessed by voters for their ability to stand up to China, North Korea or al-Qaida, to run squealing from a Fox moderator as if he or she were a boogeyman with blood-dripping fangs makes the whole pack of them look like simpering wusses. Dennis Kucinich was quite right to express his scorn and offer to debate anyone anywhere and under any sponsorship. Nice job of skewering the sacred cow!
Camille Paglia has always been capable of looking at the situations in front of her and correctly evaluating them. Her only mistake there is that Fox cannot say "we're right wing!" as long as the other media persist in saying, "we're utterly impartial!" Besides which, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are commentators, giving opinions; they are not journalists. Brit Hume, Shepard Smith, these are journalists working for Fox News, and their coverage is indeed "Fair and Balanced".
Paglia doesn't like George Bush but nowhere have I heard her say "Bush=Hitler" or any of the other Bush Derangement Syndrome nonsense.
She's unapologetically liberal in her views, but her views are considered, conscious, and reasoned. None of her views come from bumper stickers. That is why I like her, even though we're about 180° opposed in almost every way. And--the same way Rush Limbaugh did at a commentators' dinner some years ago--I think I'd get along with her just fine.
Do yourself a favor, brave the ad, and read the linked article. You might not agree with many of her conclusions--I do not--but here is a liberal who gets the concept of the open debate of ideas.