President Bush won't address the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention next week in Washington, but the journalists will hear from liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Spike Lee, most recently infamous for spreading the theory that the government exploded the levees in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to drown the poor black folk. Last year, ABC promoted his conspiratorial vision, as Lee declared "As an African-American in this country, I don't put anything past the government."
In fact, Spike Lee is not just a speaker, but the ASNE convention's closing attraction next Friday:
CLOSING LUNCHEON: "WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS" -- Grand Ballroom
An interview with Spike Lee and New Orleans residents: Gralen Banks, Fred Johnson and Phyliss Montana LeBlanc. Sponsored by King Features
ASNE will also feature a panel on the newly trendy topic of veterans' health care under the Bush administration starring ABC's Bob Woodruff and Washington Post reporter Anne Hull, one of the reporters who broke the Walter Reed story, and a panel on the Internet featuring Huffington Post co-founders Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer. Sense a liberal tilt?