Sunday, October 10, 2004
One story that has thus far not seen a whole hell of a lot of press coverage:
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted yesterday to wait until after next month's election to discuss a report critical of the Bush administration's civil rights record. Republican members had objected to the report's timing . . . .Kinda makes you want to read the whole report, doesn't it? (Link courtesy of DebWire.)
"I think it's an unfair report, and I think it's a politically biased report, and I think its release at this time is politically motivated," Commissioner Jennifer C. Braceras said after the commission voted to postpone discussion of the report until Nov. 12.
Another Republican commissioner, Abigail Thernstrom, said she was "concerned about issuing a report that looked as if it was driven by an impending election."
Commission Chairwoman Mary Frances Berry said later that she didn't mind waiting to discuss the report "since they felt so strongly." She disputed the contention that the timing had anything to do with the election.
"Everybody has known for months that the staff planned to have this report finished," she said.
The 180-page report written by commission staff says Mr. Bush "has neither exhibited leadership on pressing civil rights issues, nor taken actions that matched his words" on the subject. Among other criticisms, it finds fault with Mr. Bush's funding requests for civil rights enforcement agencies; his positions on voting rights, educational opportunity and affirmative action; and his actions against hate crimes.