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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 1HE lEIHBRIOGE HERAIO Tuesday, Mauri 24, 1970 Maurice, One More Blunder By The Press Corps? Mediocrity On Trial U.S. senators will soon vole on the nomination of Judge G. Harrold Cars- to the Supreme Court. Initial objections to him because of racist statements ami aclions seem lo have been overcome. His assurances that they were youthful indiscretions now repented have been accepted. No serious attempt has been mailo to stick Judge Carsivdl with holding in- adequate personal ethical standards the charge that brought defeat for nominee Judge Clement V. llayns- Vi'orth Jr. The charge against Judge Carswell is mediocrity. His critics claim that he lacks "legal distinction and scholarship. They support this with the evidence that his lower court decisions have been reversed more often than those of most other judges. Judgment on the part of his peers has been devastatingly blunt. A pub- lic statement signed by more than 350 practicing lawyers and law school faculty members said of the nominee: "He does not have the legal or the mental qualifications essential for service on the Supreme Court." This attack on Judge Carswcll has resulted in the spokesman for the administration, Senator Roma n Hruska, making a remarkable state- ment. He saitl, "Even if he (Carswell) were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and law- yers. They are entitled to a little rep- resentation. We can't have all Hrandeises and' Frankfurters and Cardozos and stuff like that there." Admission of the charge of medio- crity would be serious enough in it- self but to proceed to argue that the mediocre ought lo have representa- tion on the Supreme Court is shock- ing. There would be no point in having a court of highest appeal unless those sitting on it are representative of the best minds h (he legal profession. It is because mediocre men some- times occupy positions in the lower courts that there has to be a supreme court composed of superior jurists. Winston Churchill once called the U.S. Supreme Court "the most esteemed judicial tribunal in the world." The American people surely do not wish lo lose such an honor. Citizens of other nations may not particularly care if the U.S. retains the honor but they should be greatly concerned about deterioration of any legal system since decisions made by courts anywhere in the world influence rulings everywhere. IT IS by no means by ciliicns. lhat Parliamentary for issues to divide of finance has of the White Paper c i n m e n t s. The wilh suggestions as many tax over the YV h i 1 e Paper is uf which many inequities "but you markable because it seems said lo he in the oiling the press and others have divided Edgar their nature has me get it squarely down the perplexing According to Ihe original would appear to be thorized version, which may outcome. A first is: How is it found in chapter one, of credit may for (he newspapers lo graph one and which Mr. be claimed by the this mysterious power son repealed at his since their various over Mr. Benson's press conference, the White may have been Iheir views of the ]ier consists of "proposals" stimulating are apparently as wlrich tiie government the modified as those of the MPs comes discussion. This is distinctly at Ihe government tion has been taken up this. Mr. Benson now The second is: How1 can the House of Commons If Mr. Ben- ..ewspapcrs or Mr. Slanfield or son is impatient to get on wilh anyone else be blocking Mr. Ihe job, and if his own studies Benson's reforms when I heir nature has yet to be revealed The "proposals" are being by a Parliamentary committee but the commillee has not yel reported and, in- deed, lias" yet to be advised of (lie minister's dfliaitive views on all the interesting subjecls explored in Hie While Paper. II is, in faet, rather difficult a government which knows its own mind and en- joys majority support in the Bloody Business Harvesting of baby seal pelts in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is under way again. The clubbing of the new-born animals in their helpless state has brought a new chorus of protests. Newfoundland's Premier Joseph Smallwood has said the campaign of the London Daily Mirror against the seal hunt is "Ihe worst kind of sensationalism." Yet despite the as- surances of the authorities lhat the killings are humane, there is an palion lias the sani-lion of the Federal Government. Those who have color television report that it is a bloody (awful) business, utterly revolting to anyone unaccustomed to slaughter. One does not need to be committed to non-killing of animals to be troub- led by a program of extensive slay- ing of the new born of any species. Ttio tastes of people in form of dress ami the necessity of making a living in such a distasteful fashion will understandable revulsion against the doubtless have to undergo a change practise. 'Few people who have seen pictures of the bunt are comfortable in (be knowledge that this brutalizing occu- before much will be done about it. But the furore that has taken place in recent times is probably already making a difference. My Lai Judgment The United Slates Army may have alleged atrocities, charges liave been been guilty of failing to investigate filed by the Pentagon against H reports of atrocities committed in officers who commanded the Ameri- Ihe Soufh Vietnam village of My Lai can Division at the time. These of- when they first circulated. It has re- ficers have been charged for suppres- deemed itself somewhat by the report sing information about the mass of a panel of inquiry headed by U. killings Gen. William R. Peers. These shouk, to make clear that the United Sales does not condone and will not tolerate behavior attributed to some Ameri- can soldiers at My Lai. Nothing, how- Concession has been made that "a tragedy of major proportions occurr- ed" in My Lai on 'March 1C, 1968. On that day more than 100 civilians ever, can retrieve the name of the of the lies now admitted to having taken place at (he village and perhaps because of interference in Ihc affairs of South Vietnam at all. edly were killed by members of the American Army. Now, in addition to the 10 men accused of direct involvement in the U.S. Ignorance Of Canada From The Winnipeg Tribune At the risk of jolting the old national inferiority complex, it's time to face up to an unpleasant fad: Canada simply isn't news in the American press. In course of my work, I read half a dozen of the nation's leading papers, pub- Boslon, Philadelphia or you-name-it. The file from Canada is non-existent in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Denver or Al- lanta, not to mention Dallas, Houston, Port- land or Seattle. The Washington Post sends its United Nations man around from time lo lime, bshing in three cities, every day. About the but judging from what gets in (he paper only events in Canada in Ihe last month these must be infretuicnl visits Either lhat' or so that have made Iho papers here, 2 25 I recall, were Prime Minister Tnideau's tele-a-letes with Barbra Streisand and J yarn from Winnipeg quoting a sociology professor that many of Winnipeg's hetler- class prostitutes arc happy suhurtian housewives helping out with the family budget. Oh yes Ihcrc may have hccn a few lines about Resources Minister Green's or the desk is spiking his stuff. To be sure, Time and Header's Uigei-t are established in Canada but these arc essentially Canadian oriented opera- tions. The four-page Canada section in Time, for instance, disappears entirely from the American and international edi- tions and it's only infrequently that a Canadian item will find way into Time. U.S. News ar.d World Heport has a Cana- plan lo ban detergents ar.d something-or- an staff ar.d gives Canada a much hcl- olhcr that the health department is con- cerned about. for all their wealth and resources, and, in some casts, their great icpu'alion.5, Am- erican newspapers simnly don't have any tirr.c or space (or Canada. There arc a few coaspicuous exceptions you could lick thorn off on one hand, even if you'd had a finger amputated. The only American dailies which main- fain Canadian bureaus are the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Daily News ar.d the Wall Street Journal. American ignorance of Canada is colos- sal and it's easy to sec why. A writer from 3 large Ohio paper insisted the cith- er day the rca.son Canada wasn't hclpir.g Uncle Sam in Vietnam v. as hccaur.c the Queen wouldn't go along. The Associated Press lias no staff there, relying instead on an exchange arrange- ment wilh the Canadian I'rcss. In irmfrast, United Press International h-ns a Canadian operation. But there's r.n or.c