We’re not losing anymore


This guest column, which ran November 3 in The Wall Street Journal’s online edition, makes an interesting read, even if it’s based on a straw-man argument. Brian C. Anderson, who is senior editor at City Journal, published by conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute, sets up his scarecrow, the mythical “liberal media,” to advance his idea that a number of forces—including Fox News, Web logs, chain bookstores and even the Comedy Central series South Park—are making the world safe for conservative thinkers. Fine, but Anderson’s description of Fox News is laughably Pollyanna-ish, and his loaded language and one-sided caricatures betray that idea that conservatives are more “fair and balanced” than their liberal brethren. Still, his “We’ve got South Park” observation is worth mulling over.