Brent Bozell

There are days when you get up and stare at the front page of the newspaper and you just have to put the paper back down. May 30 was one of those days. After escaping for the long Memorial Day weekend, one returns to the real world Tuesday morning. But those who read The Washington Post are reminded that some people live forever in the world of make believe. Witness the front-page headline: "Clinton Is A Politician Not Easily Defined: Senator's Platform Remains Unclear."

That is to politics what "The DaVinci Code" is to theology.

When you pick up the paper again and read the story, it's just awful. Political reporter Dan Balz, no babe in the woods, just embarrasses himself by declaring that Hillary's inner circle has discovered she has "a curious intellect, the absence of rigid ideology, an instinct for problem solving and a willingness to seek consensus even across party lines." In a telephone interview, Hillary told Balz she is in no way a rigid thinker, that she approaches each problem and tries "combining my beliefs and ideals with a search for practical solutions."

Balz is not so much reporting a news story as reproducing a sales pitch. It really ought to have the word "advertisement" above it in capital letters. It's a misleading commercial. If you bought President Hillary, you would not be getting the "absence of rigid ideology." You would get rigid liberal ideology, softened only by Slick Willie political posturing, with gullible journalists gleefully hooking on their bait.

This is not the first time The Washington Post has played gullible. Witness March 28, 2004, when this self-same Dan Balz was touting the emerging centrism of another presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry. He had "one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate," but "edged" toward centrism on key votes. In the primaries, Kerry's "rhetoric often tilted to the left, but not his positions." Balz boldly concluded that Kerry "has emerged from the primaries at the philosophical center of the party if not the country."

So Hillary is a centrist, just as John Kerry was a centrist. And so were Al Gore, and Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale. In which decade do the liberal media stop peddling these delusions?

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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