Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- I believe I made a mistake when I decided not to attend the Democratic National Convention. The consequence of that decision has been that I have had to watch its highlights on national television. There the media gaggle, with few exceptions, plangently has repeated -- tediously and cheerlessly -- many things that I know to be untrue. The pre-eminent untruth resounding across the airwaves is that the Clintons are political geniuses. They are to electioneering what Ludwig van Beethoven was to the piccolo or Slobodan Milosevic was to ethnic cleansing, to wit, consummate artists. Since the early 1990s, I sedulously have researched the Clintons' lives and work. My finding is that they are mediocrities in all things political, save one: huckstering. Moreover, they are accomplished hucksters solely because the media are composed of credulous ignoramuses. Do you think I am being ungentlemanly? I am not alone.

This week, after but two days of watching the media's coverage of the looming Democratic convention, columnist Tony Blankley -- a gentleman to the utmost -- coined the term "the mainstream moron media." My guess is that Blankley was perfectly serene when he typed out that line. Most probably, he was wearing an immaculately starched English shirt. Possibly, he was wearing a tie, and almost certainly, he had his pants on. But really after two days of the media's homogenized mush, enough is enough. "When I turned the TV on," Blankley wrote at the outset of the convention coverage, "the political cable shows were filled with liberal pundits, liberal anchors, liberal guest historians, liberal weather gals and guys, liberal news-you-can-use chicks and liberal political 'strategists' (i.e., out-of-work former Democratic National Committee gofers)." Practically everything they droned on about was stupid.

Blankley was particularly critical of the blah, blah, blah that followed the Prophet Obama's choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate in their Campaign for Change. Joe is a minor Washington monument, complete with a stone head. He has been a senator for 36 years. He may have been a congressional page during the administration of Grover Cleveland. Yet the mainstream moron media were in the raptures over the Prophet's bold choice.

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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