The end of 2007 doesn't seem half as depressing to the conservative faithful as it was in the beginning. Democrats captured the Congress, sure. But now it's their approval ratings that are in the toilet, and worse still, their rabid leftist base has turned on them for not being rabidly leftist enough. The presidential front-runners are no longer inevitable, not even Hillary Clinton's buy-one-get-one-free ticket. The economy is fairly strong, regardless of the pessimistic media coverage. We've had another year without America being successfully attacked by terrorists. The surge is working.
All this good news is driving the left nuts, and nowhere is this more evident than in the national media, which are making no attempt to shake off their collective gloom-and-doom tone. As the good news began emanating from Iraq this fall, the McClatchy News Service, lauded by media leftists like Bill Moyers as having the smart reporters who always thought the Iraq War was a fight without a point, ran this headline:
"As Violence Falls in Iraq, Cemetery Workers Feel the Pinch."
The story underneath was datelined "Najaf, Iraq." Reporters Jay Price and Qasim Zein explained how "business isn't good" for Shi'ite gravediggers: "A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi-al-Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds." In other words, when the bad news turns good, we at McClatchy will spin it as bad news all over again.
That quote won Quote of the Year in the Media Research Center's Best Notable Quotables of 2007, the annual awards for the year's most outrageous media pronouncements.
That emblematic headline and story narrowly beat out the year's greatest absurdity from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann -- which by itself speaks volumes. In an interview with Playboy magazine, Olbermann claimed Fox News is more "dangerous" than al-Qaeda. Give it 30 seconds of thought. On one side, al-Qaeda slaughtered 3,000 Americans on 9/11. On the other side, Fox News, well, they're dangerous because some of their pundits are rude to liberal Democrats?
Here's Olbermann's actual outpouring of idiocy: "Al-Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than al-Qaeda, worse for our society. It's as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was." This is not an outburst that erupted on TV or the radio. He sat down with Playboy and spelled this out for transcription and editing. He did not add, "Just kidding! Hey, did someone spike my coffee?"