Diamonds Declared ‘Politically Incorrect’

The diamond industry got another pre-Christmas slamming on network television—this time on ABC's Politically Incorrect. Host Bill Maher lambasted the diamond industry as "a dirty business" and told viewers not to buy diamonds, since it's impossible to distinguish a "clean" stone from a "conflict" stone. He quoted Dennis Bright of the Council for Peace and Reconciliation as saying, "The fellow who gives a diamond ring to a lover should know that probably because of that diamond a girl of 10 has been raped, a boy of 2 has lost a limb." Bright's comments originally aired during a CBS news report by correspondent Bob Simon. Maher added, "What I think is amazing is that women who purport to be the most sympathetic and, of course, caring about children, when it comes to diamonds, they don't care." Many of Maher's comments were inaccurate. For example, he said, "Senator Judd Gregg, a
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