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April 2016

It’s a regular smug-fest

You would not expect to find this at the Vox website, but Emmett Rensin has hit a home run: He explains why liberals are so smug. (As you read, think of the poster child, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.)

“There is a smug style in American liberalism. … It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence – not really – but by the failure of half the country to know what’s good for them. In 2016, the smug style has found expression in media and in policy, in the attitudes of liberals both visible and private, providing a foundational set of assumptions above which a great number of liberals comport their understanding of the world.

“It has led an American ideology hitherto responsible for a great share of the good accomplished over the past century of our political life to a posture of reaction and disrespect: a condescending, defensive sneer toward any person or movement outside of its consensus, dressed up as a monopoly on reason.”

The article — at http://tinyurl.com/j7f26yb — is long but worth a read. More gems:

“Nothing is more confounding to the smug style than the fact that the average Republican is better educated and has a higher IQ than the average Democrat. … Most damning, perhaps to the fancy liberal self-conception: Republicans … are willing to change their minds more often. … So long as liberals cannot find common cause with the larger section of the American working class, they will search for reasons to justify that failure. They will resent them. They will find, over and over, how easy it is to justify abandoning them further.”

I predict that Mr. Rensin, a Vox editor, will be kicked out of the Good Liberals Club. After all, they know best.

Go away, offended hacks

A young woman named Sara Dayley made a wise decision last year when she walked away from a reporting gig at the NBC affiliate in St. Louis. She became the spokeswoman for the West County EMS & Fire Protection District, reportedly for $65,000 a year. Now she wants to moonlight on weekends at the Fox affiliate, anchoring the morning news.

This arrangement drew a raised eyebrow from Joe Holleman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “When asked about potential conflicts of interest, Dayley referred questions to Audrey Prywitch, news director [at the station]. Prywitch said that because the station is aware of Dayley’s other job, ‘We’re even more cognizant (of bias), because we don’t want to appear to have any kind of bias.’ ”

Then Mr. Holleman called on Al Tompkins, a former news director who teaches at the Poynter Institute. He huffed and puffed: “At some point, let’s either be a journalist or let’s be a public relations spokesperson. The public already suspects we show favorites. … Disclosure minimizes the sin, but it doesn’t erase it.”

I’m guessing Mr. Tompkins has never watched TV news on weekend mornings. It’s a continuous loop of stories from the week before and breathless updates twice an hour about mayhem from the night before. The weatherman appears a lot; maybe the sports staff left something useful. Anchoring said broadcasts for hours is a chore few volunteer for.

In this case, the disclosure is on the record. It has been decreed that any story involving the West County EMS & Fire Protection District will be presented by Sara’s co-anchor. Give Ms. Prywitch credit from a creative solution that will sit well with bean counters and the news staff. Call the naysayers what they are – hacks who witness real biased reporting every day and never call it out.

Catching up on PC news

It’s time for This Week in Political Correctness magazine. Straight to our top story …

Proving again that Hollywood has run out of ideas, Columbia Pictures is bringing out a new version of “Ghostbusters” with a twist — the ghosts will be chased by women (Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones). Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will participate; the other original ghostbuster, Harold Ramis, passed away in 2014. Presumably the ghosts will be captured in a humorous fashion; I suppose they could take a look at McCarthy or Jones and be scared back into their primordial ooze. Release date is July 15.

Brietbart Tech editor and Twitter star Milo Yiannopoulos (@nero) is making liberals’ heads explode on campus. Speaking at The American University, he also took on wimpy mainstream conservatives: “They’ve been terrified of the left’s bogus allegations of racism, they’ve been terrified of the left’s bogus allegations of sexism, they’ve been terrified by the left’s hoaxes.” He infuriated protesters by pledging $20 to the Donald Trump campaign and $50 to his college charity for straight white males for every interruption. Did we mention Milo is gay?

Bill Nye the Washed-Up Science Guy has suggested that climate change deniers be jailed. Now his bowtie has been tweaked by John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel, who wrote in USA Today: “When all the scare talk is pushed aside, it is the science that should be the basis for the debate. And the hard cold truth is that the basic theory has failed. Many notable scientists reject man-made global warming fears. … I share the deepest commitment to protecting our planet. … However, I desperately want to get politics out of the climate debate. The Paris climate agreement is all about empowering the U.N. and has nothing to do with the climate.”

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