Jewish World Review August 4, 2011 / 4 Menachem-Av, 5771
All Aboard the Crazy Train
By Bernard Goldberg
And it's all because of those nasty conservative Tea Party Republicans.
The same liberal journalists who won't call a real terrorist a terrorist can't go 10 seconds without calling conservative Republicans terrorists. Or "Wahhabis," as Chris Mathews described them on MSNBC.
Or "Hezbollah," as Tom Friedman described them in the New York Times.
Or as 'suicide bombers" as Tina Brown the editor of Newsweek described them on "Morning Joe." And just in case you're dense and still don't get it, we can all thank Peter Goodman, formerly of the New York Times and now an editor at the Huffington Post, who didn't mince words when he wrote: "They are acting like terrorists. Yes terrorists."
But even that was one-upped on Politico, in a column by a law professor at American University, William Yeomans, who wrote that the Tea Party caucus in the House were "full blown terrorists."
And then we got this from Fareed Zakaria on CNN: "What they're saying is we'll blow up the country if you don't listen to us."
And keeping with the "blow up" the place theme, Paul Krugman, wrote in the New York Times that, "basically the Republicans said, 'We'll blow up the world economy unless you give us exactly what we want.'"
Okay, we get it. Those conservative Republicans are terrorists who like to blow things up. I mean, they're a regular horror show.
Hold on. There's an idea that takes us beyond terrorists and suicide bombers who like to blow things up. Make those conservative House Republicans out to be monsters, like the ones in horror movies.
I wish I could say I came up with that, but Maureen Dowd beat me to it.
In her column in today's New York Times- under the subtle headline, "Washington Chain Saw Massacre" -Ms Dowd compares the Tea Party Republicans … yes, no fooling … to monsters. Like the kind that scare the hell out of us in the movies.
They were an "uncompromising new force" that "epitomized 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and evoked comparisons to our most mythic creatures of the night."
What kind of mythic creatures of the night? Glad you asked.
"They were like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive. They were like vampires, draining the country's reputation, credit rating and compassion. They were like zombies, relentlessly and mindlessly coming back again and gain to assault their unnerved victims, Boehner and President Obama. They were like the metallic beasts in 'Alien' flashing mouths of teeth inside other mouths of teeth bursting out of Boehner's stomach every time he came to a bouquet of microphones."
If this were an episode of "The Twilight Zone," instead of real examples of real commentary from real liberal journalists, Rod Serling might end the episode with something like this:
Terrorists. Cannibals. Vampires. Zombies. Just a normal day in the universe inhabited by liberal journalists … a bunch of clueless folks who have fooled themselves into believing they're smart and sophisticated people … people who have been careening down the tracks … on the Crazy Train.
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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.
He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.
© 2011, Bernard Goldberg