Ross Mackenzie

Leaks are having a good year, but today's discussion does not include the leaking underwater gusher at the Gulf of Mexico's Macondo well-site. Rather, the topic is leaked e-mails relating to global warming, the media, and -- most recently -- the war against jihadist terror in Afghanistan.

All three leaks speak of secrecy and power. They reek of adamant leftism. And they brim with collusion.

Remember the leaked e-mails late last year from England's University of East Anglia? They revealed that key players in the global-warming argument, contending carbon-creating man plays the central role in causing it, were secretly manipulating the data -- while simultaneously suppressing countervailing data and views.

There was secrecy and collusion to maintain power in the global-warming debate. Disclosure of the East Anglia e-mails crushed the man's-role argument that long has been a leftist precept -- and killed President Obama's congressional cap-and-trade initiative. The leaked East Anglia e-mails may have capped the global-warming gusher.

THEN CAME the leaked e-mails from JournoList, a cyber circle of about 400 self-styled mainline pressies (yet wacked-out leftists all -- conservatives and moderates were denied entry to the group). And what did they do? They made stuff up and developed distracting, disparaging, or dismissive lines of reasoning -- all to advance the Obama candidacy or the leftist cause.

Jeremiah Wright? Smear conservatives as racists. Sarah Palin -- an attractive, achieving, conservative woman who is liberal feminists' worst nightmare? Smear her as a ditzy bimbo who can't string together two coherent words.

The JournoList e-mails didn't change much. Liberalism long has overwhelmed the press that conceals its extremism behind words such as moderate, objective, and mainline. Today network television news is struggling, and many outlets in the print media -- newspapers, news magazines, and book publishers -- are on life-support. Moderates and conservatives have fled, and practitioners in the remnant are writing and broadcasting for the approval of those who share their views.

Notes Andrew Ferguson in the July/August Commentary about Newsweek's downward spiral, "Journalists who write to satisfy people like themselves soon will run out of readers." Their power will dissipate, as well, and the lifted mask of secrecy in re JournoList suggests -- more than ever -- their crippling collusion.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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