Glenn Thrush Sets the Rules for Debate, Thank You Kindly

Journalist fights in the movies are way more interesting

Conservative journalists often find themselves in something of a tight spot. On the one hand, they want to forcefully argue their opinions. On the other, they want to be taken seriously and have their ideas taken seriously by a media dominated by liberals. Liberal journos, of course, operate under no such constraints. Their ideas are accepted as gospel and they feel free to deploy ad hominem attacks and burn straw men at will. Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner, is the nastiest man in the media, and the rest of the establishment press happily follows his lead. Why debate those whom you can just drag through the muck?

Keeping all that in mind, I found the Twitter fight this morning between Politico’s Glenn Thrush and the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack to be pretty interesting.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Headlines

Guns on sale / AP

We were told over and over again that 90 percent of Americans supported background checks. “How could anyone vote against these commonsense restrictions!” the left moaned and wailed and kvetched and cried and groaned when the Manchin-Toomey bill went down in flames. “The politicians are in the pocket of the NRA. They care more about an A rating than dead kids. Disgusting.”

Of course, the 90 percent figure was complete and total hooey. It was obviously complete and total hooey because 90 percent of Americans don’t agree on anything, ever. And, lo, a new poll out today shows just that: 39 percent of adults polled were either “very happy” or “relieved” that the background check bill did not pass, while only 47 percent were “disappointed” or “angry.” Ten percent were indifferent; three percent “didn’t care.”

Liberals to Romney: Only We Can Politicize Hurricane Sandy

AP

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said in November 2008. Democrats and liberal pundits are following Emanuel’s advice and refusing to let Hurricane Sandy, which has left at least 40 dead, distract them from their political mission of preventing Mitt Romney from becoming president.