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Friday, December 06, 2002
 
Josh Marshall has been describing in Talking Points how the latest right wing bullet point, mocking John Kerry's hair cut, has been picked up by NRO, CNN, and the Washington Times. In addition, it has been covered by Limbaugh and was discussed on Tonight by Dennis Miller.

This is all a big coincidence, obviously. Why shouldn't all these commentators suddenly start talking about John Kerry's hair? I mean, it would be one thing if we were on the verge of war, or the economy was falling apart, or al-Qaeda was still going strong, or crime was going up. But with none of these things happening, it's apparent that there just isn't anything else to talk about more compelling than John Kerry's hairdo.

In spite of the obvious logic of this, some people continue to see shadowy media conspiracies, as John Fund points out:

Although most of the media gave Mr. Daschle a pass, some commentators questioned his mental stability. Morton Kondracke, executive editor of the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, diagnosed the departing majority leader as suffering from "post-election stress disorder." He criticized Mr. Daschle's office for claiming it was "not permitted to discuss what threats had been leveled at Daschle or his family or even whether the number has increased." Charles Krauthammer, a psychiatrist as well as a pundit, joked on Fox News Channel that while he doesn't "usually practice on camera," he thought Mr. Daschle's comments were "the edge of looniness."

It seems that some liberals believe that these people, who largely live and work in the same city and attend the same parties, know each other. Some give voice to a bizarre claim that they keep sophisticated electronic devices in their homes and offices which allow them to communicate among themselves instantly, and often use them. A few conspiracy freaks go so far as to claim that they often carry such devices around in their pockets. Fortunately, the legitimate media ignores these lunatics and continues to print reliable infomation on important topics, like liberal media bias, the color of Al Gore's suits, and John Kerry's harcut.




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