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Recently there proved to be another embarrassment. I have in mind Barnes' "hundreds" of journalists. They were indeed sedulously advancing "liberalism and liberal politicians at the expense of traditional journalism." Yet with admirable sang-froid, Howard Kurtz, who watches over the corporate mentality of journalism like a mother hen, tsk-tsked, "(Some of these messages) show liberal commentators appearing to cooperate in an effort to hammer out the shrewdest talking points against the Republicans -- including, in one case, a suggestion for accusing random conservatives of being racist."

Did you say "liberal commentators," Howard? They were all left-wing commentators. One of the reasons the keepers of the news' corporate mentality no longer can be taken seriously is they cannot identify a "left-winger." There is no sense of symmetry in their world. The products of Murdoch and Ailes can be called conservative, but no product of ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times or The Washington Post ever can be called liberal, to say nothing of left-wing. Call them the products of the corporate mentality.

Typical of those with the corporate mentality -- any corporate mentality -- they lack wit, humor, any form of urbanity. Here is a sampler preserved from The Daily Caller by Peter Wehner of the sort that aroused Barnes' initial thought on journalism:

Laura Rozen: "People we no longer have to listen to: would it be unwise to start a thread of people we are grateful we no longer have to listen to? If not, I'll start off: Michael Rubin."

Michael Cohen, New America Foundation: "Mark Penn and Bob Shrum. Anyone who uses the expression 'Real America.' We should send there (sic) a-- to Gitmo!"

Jesse Taylor, Pandagon: "Michael Barone? Please?"

Laura Rozen: "Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich (afraid it's not true), Drill Here Drill Now, And David Addington, John Yoo, we'll see you in court?"

Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker: "As a side note, does anyone know what prompted Michael Barone to go insane?"

Matt Duss: "LEDEEN."

Spencer Ackerman: "Let's just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace (sic) Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window. I'll bet a little spot of violence would shut him right the f--- up, as with most bullies."

Joe Klein, Time: "Pete Wehner ... these sort of things always end badly."

Then there was a National Public Radio producer who wrote that upon hearing Rush Limbaugh had a heart attack, she would "laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out. ... I never knew I had this much hate in me."

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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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