Belatedly, Jackson Comes Clean

But his moral crusade loses luster because of ethnic slurs

It was more a test of morality than politics.

For more than a week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson flunked. When asked whether he had referred to Jews as "Hymie" and to New York City as "Hymie town," Jackson said over and over, "I have no recollection." But at a Manchester synagogue two days before the New Hampshire primary, Jackson finally admitted making the offensive comments. "In private talks we sometimes let our guard down and become thoughtless," he explained. "It was not in a spirit of meanness, but an off-color remark having...

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