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The Art of Speech

Dave Kindred is a sportswriter, and in an article he lauds Magic Johnson for revealing his affliction. The writer is giving his reaction to the story rather than the story itself, and he includes the reactions of others who talked to him about it. His one complaint about Johnson is that Johnson stated that he did not have AIDS but only HIV, which might not turn into AIDS. The writer sees no evidence that this is possible, since HIV will in time become AIDS and since AIDS is always fatal. Kindred sees this episode as a reminder that sports heroes are not exempt from real life. Kindred clearly admires Johnson but is subdued in his praise as he is in his response to the problem. He sees Johnson as having done a brave thing and cites the Lakers doctor to the same effect. Kindred's political views are not evident in this article--he comments as a sports writer and fan and keeps his response personal (Kindred C4).

An editorial from the New York Times is not signed. The general tone is that this was Magic Johnson's finest hour, greater than any of his exploits on the court. The writer begins with a statement to this effect and then relates what Johnson has done, announcing his HIV infection at a news conference. This leads to a statement of the extent of the AIDS problem in the U.S. today. The writer then cites the National Commission on AIDS as being rightly critical of the Bush administration and George Bush specifically, and the writer as well chides George Bush for certain of his actions and for inattention to the AIDS epidemic. The writer sees Bush as failing to deliver leadership, and the writer says that the spotlight Magic Johnson cast on the problem is one that should have been lighted by George Bush. The general tone of the article seems to make the writer of it a liberal, though it is not clear that support for better efforts to halt the spread of AIDS is really an exclusively liberal position. The writer conclude...

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