Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Look around you. We are achieving our strategic ends in the Middle East faster than expected. Freedom and stability that were unimaginable only a few years ago are now in sight. Never in the history of the area has such a thing been thought possible. At home, the economy is sound and growing. The president is moving toward tax simplification, Social Security reform, and tort reform because he believes in such things and is willing to fight for them rather than spend his last years in office shaking hands and smiling.

 So what is the talk of the media, specifically cable television? Aside from the botched discussion of the fate of Terri Schiavo, it is the saga of Michael Jackson, a creep who appeals solely to creeps and to the more sophisticated sorts who feast on stories of money and notoriety -- which is to say celebrity. I say the botched discussion of the Schiavo case because serious science and serious ethics have been drowned out by sentiment and ignorance. Again journalism has not been up to the challenge of history.

 Yet to return to the appalling Jackson case -- he has suffered a setback . The judge in his case has ruled that the jury can hear past allegations of sexual abuse involving at least five other boys, one of whom received more than $20 million in an out-of-court settlement. This is very good news, if only because it may hasten the day when the cable news sages move on to something of greater importance, for instance, the implementation of America's first shift in strategic policy since 1947 when President Harry Truman adopted the policy of containment to contain the Soviet Union. Our new policy adopted to confront terrorism and Islamofascism is the policy of preemption. Surely it deserves equal time with Michael Jackson's teddy bears, pornography, and mannequins, which he collected at his idiot manse, Neverland. After that, cable television might address the looming domestic battles over the president's new policies at home constituting his "ownership society."

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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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