Emmett Tyrrell

Some of it demonstrated just how dismissive of the truth the American left really is. There was this, from The Nation, in January: "The Occupation encampments that enlivened approximately 1,400 cities this fall provided a vivid template for the 99 percent's growing sense of unity. Here were thousands of people -- we may never know the exact numbers -- from all walks of life, living outdoors in the streets and parks ... The 99 percent, which might have seemed to be a purely aspirational category just a few months ago, began to will itself into existence."

Ninety-nine percent? Does that include me? Does it include the 40 percent of the country that usually polls conservative and the almost equally large percentage that polls independent? Who is deluding whom? And remember, the entire left-wing press bought into this garbagespiel, most probably along with much of the major media.

I have been saying for some time that liberalism is dead. I shall even be coming out with a book on the subject in a couple of months. That the hitherto respectable magazines of the left would push such nonsense is to be included in my diagnosis. There was a day when the liberals would argue according to some standards of objectivity. They would not push a line that was absolute flapdoodle.

But liberalism is dead. The Occupation hysteria adopted by every single journal on the left is but another proof of it. Those who read the left-wing press ought to demand their money back. They could have been killed at McPherson Square or Zuccotti Park, or at least have been robbed or raped.


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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