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You Can’t Make This Up

If you were a novelist writing a political thriller set in Washington, and you decided to create a character who was an African leader seeking a meeting in the Oval Office, and you named this character “President Bongo,” you would risk being called a racist.

Today, in the NYT, there is a story about the chief executive of Gabon meeting Bush in the White House last year. His name? President Bongo.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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