Core Values

Remember when that vile offspring of a Democrat in the Tennessee legislature hacked Sarah Palin’s gmail account? Nothing remotely out of character for the governor was found, so a kerfuffle was made over the fact that Mrs. Palin had the effrontery to discuss matters of state using her personal account. The Huffington Post, published by the Zsa Zsa Gabor of American politics, posted a few screen captures of her mail, including this one:

Although the image is blurry (click to expand), what is plain is that the things Sarah Palin writes in her private correspondence are exactly the things she says in public. The greatest part of her appeal is, I believe, precisely this manifest candor.

By contrast, consider the email face of Ms. Sarah Spitz, Publicity Director and producer of the program “Left, Right, and Center” (alas, “Firing Line” had already been used) for NPR affiliate KCRW in Santa Monica, California.  As annotated by the Daily Caller, here is how she contemplated the sight of Rush Limbaugh suffering a heart attack:

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

This revelation prompted Ms. Spitz to issue the following statement, reproduced in full:

I made poorly considered remarks about Rush Limbaugh to what I believed was a private email discussion group from my personal email account. As a publicist, I realize more than anyone that is no excuse for irresponsible behavior. I apologize to anyone I may have offended and I regret these comments greatly; they do not reflect the values by which I conduct my life.

She rather coldly characterizes her contemptible remarks about Mr. Limbaugh as “poorly considered” (indeed!) and “irresponsible” (to whom?  to the cause?), while appending the lately fashionable portmanteau apology to anyone she “may have offended.” And, for some indiscernible reason, the fact that she thought her email would remain private is offered as an exculpatory fact. Well, you may number me among those who found her remarks vulgar and offensive, but the only person to whom she truly owes an apology is Mr. Limbaugh.

Ms. Jennifer Ferro, General Manager of KCRW, said in her employee’s defense, “We’ve all said things we didn’t mean and don’t reflect our core values.” I find this statement to be completely credible. I do indeed believe that Spitz, Ferro, Ezra Klein, Spencer Ackerman, and the rest of the leftist media princelings regularly hide their core values by saying things they don’t mean. Their core value is the aggrandizement of state power over the citizenry and the diminution of individual liberty, abetted by the subordination of truth to narrative in their reportage. It is a core value that is reflected not in what they say for public consumption, but in what they say to each other in private. That is the lesson we should learn permanently from the Journolist revelations.

By the most remarkable coincidence, a source of uncertain reliability has made available to me a photograph of the generally camera-shy Sarah Spitz, in transition from her public face to her private one:

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