The Corner

Rant-o-rama

In today’s Impromptus, I hammer at a theme of mine: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, Eric Whitaker, and the mainstream media. Wright has told an Obama biographer, Edward Klein, the former editor of The New York Times Magazine, that, in 2008, a confidant of Obama’s, Whitaker, offered him $150,000 if he would keep his mouth shut until after Election Day.

If this were a story about Republicans, rather than Democrats, wouldn’t it be the biggest story in America? The subject of every Time and Newsweek cover, the sole concern of 60 Minutes? Wouldn’t the country be convulsed by this story? Life would practically stop, until there were no more questions.

Here’s the point I wish to make here on the Corner: I think even liberals know this, deep down — or maybe even not so deep down. At CBS, NBC, ABC, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, PBS, NPR — don’t they know it, really know it? If they were given a truth serum, wouldn’t they blurt it out?

The world wearies of conservative whining about media bias. Conservatives weary of the world’s media bias.

Elsewhere in Impromptus, I quote the man who just sold The Scream for $120 million. He said that Munch’s painting “serves as a warning about climate change.” Now that I think about it, I really can’t agree with the man: I think the painting serves as a warning about American debt. Or is it about the Islamist challenge? Anyway, everyone’s an art critic . . .

Finally, let me address wind turbines — about which I rant in my column. “I am sick of their blighting the land. I am sick of the claims made about the energy they produce. I am sick of the sanctification of wind power by people whose religion is environmentalism and whose devil is oil.” Etc.

A reader writes,

I share your skepticism about wind energy, and I particularly agree with your assessment of its impact on the land. My view is that wind turbines are little more than another form of pollution. Have you driven down the interstate through Palm Desert / Palm Springs, Calif.? They have completely destroyed the landscape with turbines. Saw the same last week in the Rhineland on a smaller scale.

Our reader says he is writing from Yerevan, Armenia, “a perfect place to view what happens to the landscape when central planners are in charge of erecting structures — but the view of Mount Ararat transcends even Soviet architecture.”

P.S. One of my favorite facts in life is that a key component of wind turbines is . . . petroleum. 

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