Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Do we need any other evidence that the Kultursmog exists and that it is international -- at least in the English-speaking world -- than the fact that the biggest news story in the United Kingdom today is also the biggest news story here. I have in mind the story that News of the World reporters in London listened in on private conversations and possibly bribed Scotland Yard. The Kultursmog is that set of ideas and tastes that are utterly polluted by left-wing values and carried by the liberal news media to pollute people's minds.

Every day, the money-losing New York Times and its subsidiaries throughout mainstream media hammer away at the story of a scandal in faraway England, and of course, they have located Rupert Murdoch at the very heart of the story. Over the weekend, he flew to London. He meets with top aides. The News of the World is killed off. Now a deal for BSkyB is being pulled. What comes next? Well, what comes next, reports Reuters, is that the American Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into Murdoch's company, News Corp., on this side of the Atlantic for criminal behavior. Or maybe they are not. No one would go on the record and say they are investigating. Oh, yes, and by the way, we have a constitution here with a First Amendment. The Founding Fathers, in their infinite wisdom, did not want to see the press harassed by innuendo.

Anyone encouraging the government of the United States to investigate a news organization without proper cause is an enemy of freedom. And the harassment of Rupert Murdoch is being executed by enemies of free speech. Step back a minute. Murdoch has a record of saving the free press. He has propped up newspapers all over the English-speaking world. He has purchased the greatest newspaper in America, The Wall Street Journal, and made it better. He has added a second voice to the American media echo chamber, the conservative voice. And by giving the citizenry a chance, through his papers and Fox News Channel, to decide for themselves which side they are on in important issues of the day, he is a threat to the Kultursmog. That is what is going on with these tedious daily stories in the Times about London skulduggery, and many Americans know it. The Times is fooling no one.


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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