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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Spike Lee Makes a Bit of News

Spike Lee made news by calling on Powell and Rice to be more outspoken about Trent Lott. However, since I happened to be watching (without videotape), I can tell you that he has not, as yet, made news with the comment I paraphrase as follows:

Trent Lott is a card-carrying member of the Klan... Look in his closet and you'll find the hood and robe.

Now, to her credit, Diane Sawyer jumped in to say, wait a minute, you can't say that on this show without proof, that's inflammatory. Ms. Sawyer was not even in the studio, (she broke in from a location shot) but knew enough to recognize an overstatement when she heard it. However, Mr.Lee did not apologize or back away from his statement, and it was time to move on.

Mr. Lee is evidently a newsmaker, a prominent Hollywood director, and, we suspect, a financial supporter of the Democratic Party. We eagerly await some evidence that either he or the Party he supports recognize this statement as excessive. Eagerly, but not optimistically.

UPDATE: Hmm, my nose for no-news may be on track. Here is a story hot off the server which includes Spike Lee's comments without comment. Nor does it mention Ms. Sawyer's intervention.

Their version of the line:

He has to go," Lee said, and called Lott "a card-carrying member of the Klan. ... I know he has that hood in the closet somewhere. The hood and the robe."

UPDATE 2: Knight-Ridder has coverage of what sounds like the same interview, although they describe it as being with the Miami Herald.

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