Emmett Tyrrell

The fact, long established by media pollsters, is that major media are as dominated by the so-called liberal point of view as are our universities. I say "so-called liberal point of view" because the modern liberal is not very liberal, after all. Neither tolerance nor love of liberty characterizes the point of view of the contemporary liberal, merely conformity. The liberal point of view is a conformist point of view. What it conforms to changes year in and year out, but one thing it always stands by is the demand for rank-and-file conformity. Oh yes, and it demands one more thing: deceit.

The conformists at CBS have since Rather's embarrassing report on the president demonstrated that they are entoiled to the ethical standards of the liberals' leading ethicist of the last half of the 20th century, Alger Hiss. Hiss is the master who first demonstrated that the moral high ground could be attained merely by lying, imperturbably lying, sempiternally lying. Through every revelation against you, lie. As the evidence against you mounts, lie. Even if the DNA analysis -- say the DNA found on a dress purchased from The Gap -- discredits your testimony, lie.

So it appears that Rather continues to deceive. It appears that CBS continues to deceive. Nonetheless, it really does not matter all that much. Rather is leaving. CBS has slipped so far in the polls that it seems its news reports are only watched by liberals and ignoramuses. And cable provides increasingly the kind of diversity that intelligent viewers seek

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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