Watch for TeamBush to target pornographers in 2003. The White House will pressure the Senate to pass the "Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act," making it illegal for child pornographers to disseminate obscene, computer-generated images of children. The House already passed the bill. WORLD has learned the FBI will soon expand from 24 to 30 undercover agents assigned to its "Innocent Images" project to track and trap sexual predators who use Internet child porn.
"Until recently, the worst kind of pornography was mainly limited to red-light districts ... isolated by shame," President Bush told pro-family leaders gathered at the White House on Oct. 23. "With the Internet, pornography is now instantly available to any child who has a computer.... In the hands of incredibly wicked people, the Internet is a tool that lures children into real danger." Nearly 30 million children go online each year, and the White House points to research by the University of New Hampshire showing that one in five children between 10 and 17 received a sexual solicitation over the Internet in the last year.
A new Concerned Women for America report finds that AT&T and MCI earn an estimated $1 billion a year from dial-a-porn. Echostar and Direct TV each earn upwards of $200 million a year from pay-per-view pornography. Hilton, Marriott, Radisson, and Sheraton earn $250 million annually through in-room porn movies, while the suppliers of hotel porn like LodgeNet and On Command earn an estimated $180 million a year.
Most Americans don't know the name Binyamin Jolkovsky. But he's becoming one of the most influential political editors in the country. Mr. Jolkovsky runs JewishWorldReview.com, which he founded in 1997 in his "little attic in Brooklyn." It's a provocative and unconventional potpourri of conservative social and political analysis mixed with Orthodox Jewish columns, Torah readings, and eclectic features like "Jewish Juke Box" and "Wandering Jews." At first glance, it doesn't seem the stuff of mass appeal. But it reaches hundreds of thousands of readers a month. And among JWR's most avid readers are also its most influential. Rush Limbaugh often quotes it. Matt Drudge, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham count the site as one of their favorites.
One secret to Mr. Jolkovsky's rising success is his desire to be "a bridge between believing Christians and Orthodox Jews." When then-attorney general nominee John Ashcroft came under attack by liberal groups, including Jewish groups, last year, Mr. Jolkovsky ran a headline: "JEWISH GROUP BACKS ASHCROFT." He broke the news that Agudath Israel of America (which Mr. Jolkovsky describes as "the Christian Coalition of Jewish groups") had written a letter to Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praising Mr. Ashcroft's work as Missouri's attorney general. Within the hour, Sen. Lott's office called. No one in the office had seen the letter, but several had read the headline. "Can we get a copy of that?" a staffer called to ask. A few hours later, Mr. Jolkovsky was surprised to see Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) reading the letter-citing JWR-on the floor of the Senate.
"I've met Jerry Falwell," Mr. Jolkovsky says. "I like Pat Robertson. I don't agree with them theologically. But they are far more representative of my political and social ideas than some radical, far left-wing, secular, atheist nut case who just happened to have been born to a Jewish mother."
Karen Hughes will earn more than $1 million from Viking Penguin to write a West Wing memoir of her years as the president's top message adviser. After joining Geworge W. Bush in 1994, Mrs. Hughes ghost-wrote Mr. Bush's campaign book, A Charge to Keep, and managed a 45-person White House staff that included press secretary Ari Fleischer. Although Mrs. Hughes left the White House in July to spend more time with her maily in Texas, she is now a paid adviser to the Republican National Committee and says she'll be actively involved in the president's reelection campaign. So when's her book due out? 2004.