… and one of them is Jay Nordlinger:
I’m grateful to both Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters for something: They admitted, yes, the media are liberal, and a good thing, too. It has to be that way, they said. For — and this is Walters talking — journalism involves the “human condition,” and liberals care about the human condition. Unlike conservatives, who of course couldn’t give a rat’s a** about the human condition.
Anyway . . . Conservatives should be frank and bold when it comes to the media, as to everything else. And if others say you’re tiresome or whiny or uncool . . . well, so be it. Did you sign up for conservatism to be cool?
No, jackass, I signed up for conservatism to defend the Constitution. You should try it.
You see, Jay, they’re not cheering for the Democratic Party per se, for the most part. (And in the context of the past decade, even if they were, that would hardly be the worst sin they could be committing.) No, they’re cheering for anyone — God, anyone, even someone as sleazy as Robert “Pork Barrel” Byrd or as cardboard-spined and duplicitous as Barack Obama — who will stop the wholesale destruction of the Constitution and American values wrought by so-called conservatives in the past decade.
And while it’s always dangerous to generalize about a political movement, I speak as a registered Red State Republican for the past 32 years when I say that the evidence that today’s Washington Republicans don’t give a rat’s ass about the human condition is overwhelming. From mishandling Katrina to bailing out banksters while working families lose their homes, from defending torture to cutting off unemployment benefits, from lying us into a war to lying to the Ground Zero rescue/recovery workers about the hazards of their environment, from defending unconstitutional wiretapping to trying to destroy Social Security, the “I Got Mine, F— You” crowd infests the corpse of the American conservative movement and, by acting in this fashion while proclaiming itself Christian, dares God Almighty to strike its members down for blasphemy.
If the worst thing that American journalists are doing to Sarah Palin is saying mean things about her when they don’t know the microphones are on, they ought to be fired — not for bias, but for negligence. For in any politically and spiritually healthy — even sane — culture, anyone as both stupid and insane as Sarah Palin would not have been allowed anywhere near the levers of power, and anyone defending the idea that she should be would be shunned.
Journalists wouldn’t just be flies on the wall reporting on the charge — and, oh, God, offering us their oh-so-precious and oh-so-totally misguided perspective on it on the Sunday-morning talk shows — they’d be providing the intellectual torches and pitchforks.
And tools of the oligarchy like Jay Nordlinger couldn’t find employment writing copy for spam sites for a penny a word.