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Monday, March 17, 2003
 
Instapundit has yet more proof of sweeping liberal bias in the media. It seems that a reporter at a Texas newspaper sent a nasty e-mail to a group called Young Conservatives of Texas - and was fired the same day. I suppose by the wacky logic of Conservoland this makes a certain sort of sense - in spite of the fact that expressing conservative opinions probably gets you a TV pundit gig at least and expressing liberal opinions gets you fired, some journalists are still daring to express liberal opinions. Although at least one fewer than a few days ago.

The Young Conservatives of Texas are pleased to have come one step closer to their goal of assuring a fair shake for conservatives by eliminating all other voices: "In light of revelatory recent books by Ann Coulter and Bernard Goldberg on media bias, it is encouraging for conservatives that steps are finally being taken to address this widespread problem."

Overall, the YCT seem pretty sane for a group of this kind, even if their legislative agenda does sound a bit like a parody of frat house conservatism. They are, needless to say, big fans of the Second Amendment, and advocate allowing college students to keep guns in university-owned housing, as well as the right to carry concealed guns without a permit. Their enthusiasm for the remainder of the Bill of Rights is more restrained. Here is the YCT's full list of "Personal Freedom" legislative objectives:

  • Oppose any decrease in the speed limit.
  • Oppose the enactment of an open container law.

In an era when the Attorney General claims the right to label American citizens as 'enemy combatants' and hold them indefinitely without charges or access to counsel, some of us might think that there are more pressing personal freedom concerns. But YCT is too busy protesting Janet Reno speeches to bother with such trivialities. (It is true that the 'legislative agenda' I used was from early 2001, before 9/11 and the Patriot Act. But the news page contains numerous items from the past year, not one of which mentions any concern over government overreaching since 9/11.)

YCT also describes itself as non-partisan, which presumably allows it to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization. And it's true that they don't exclusively support one party - I looked over 45 of their endorsements, and found that only 44 of them were Republicans. Clearly a group with no partisan tendencies at all.



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