Emmett Tyrrell

Actually the Newseum is a rather curious place. Its main interest -- news and journalism -- is pretty serious stuff, but its officers have no demonstrated grasp of their subject. James C. Duff, Newseum's CEO, is a lawyer admittedly with a background in the Constitution but also "diversity" and no journalistic experience whatsoever. He was called by Cliff May, once of the New York Times and now a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and an officer with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and asked about his choice. He never called back. Neither did the Newseum's spokesman Scott Williams, also an expert in "diversity" and once the vice president of marketing and media for Elvis Presley Enterprises. Yes, Elvis Presley!

Luckily, May struck a chord and at the last minuet, "just minutes before its ceremony honoring a list of 'fallen journalist,'" writes May, the Newseum decided in its words "to re-evaluate the inclusion" of Al-Kumi and Salama "as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation." Whatever was the Newseum thinking about when it accorded the title journalist to two terrorists designated as such by our government? Does the Newseum's expert in diversity know more about terror than our government or the government of Israel?

Frankly, goody-goody organizations such as the Newseum could be forgiven back in the days of the Cold War when they were expected to be duped by communists claiming to be journalists. But today, when the goody-goodies are duped by right-wing Islamofascists, it is a little bit surprising. The communists were always seen as "liberals in a hurry," but the Islamofascists hate women, gays, the 21st century, modernity itself. Why would the Newseum have a soft spot in its heart for these thugs?

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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