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OF COURSE RESPECTABLE CONSERVATIVES AREN'T BRIGHT | 2002-11-02

Reporters tend to be liberal because they are still college freshmen who never grew out of it.

These overage freshmen are the ones who choose which conservatives will be "respectable."

The commentators and anchor men you see on television were reporters first. They decided to devote their lives to finding out five minutes earlier what everybody will know in half an hour.

When Rush Limbaugh was on one network talk show, the press raised hell because he was not "a professional journalist." The public wanted to hear him, but he did not have the homogeneous worldview a reporter gets. So much for diversity.

So these overage freshmen have a monopoly on media commentary.

But the media had to let in some non-liberal commentators into the media over the years. They fought it for thirty years, but they had to make concessions, especially after Reagan was elected and most reporters didn't know a single Washington conservative.

It is these overage liberal freshmen who had to choose which conservatives are allowed in any interview or talk show. Not surprisingly, the conservatives they select have very little insight or intelligence.

The people liberals who control the media choose to label "respectable" conservatives are the ones who make liberals feel comfortable. Conservative spokesmen tend to be morons, not because of a conspiracy, but as a result of a natural process of selection.