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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and a New York Times best-selling author. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, National Review, Harper's, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris) and elsewhere.

Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

NBC Mainstream Media Takes a Hit Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Brian Williams' unlikely future in news

On the vexed matter of Brian Williams, my friend and colleague Wes Pruden raises a fundamental question. "Brian Williams, the tall tale teller for NBC News, has had a rough few days, but he's likely to survive," writes Wes. "He'll probably be back," Wes speculates, even overcoming the derisible endorsement of Dan Rather. Dan, your endorsement could be the kiss of death to poor Brian. Is there no reality check on these egomaniacs? Published February 11, 2015

Conservatism has blossomed into the major intellectual and political force of our time. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

Conservatism is now everywhere

There is a problem with the Internet. Its commentary is too often dominated by pinheads. H.L. Mencken used to complain that only idiots write letters to the editor. That might have been true of his day — the 1920s and 1930s — but in our time writers of letters to the editor of newspapers and even of websites are occasionally quite well-informed and even lucid. But others, I am afraid, are indeed pinheads, sitting in their underwear back home, foaming at the mouth, believing that the whole world is profoundly interested in their every word, until the authorities arrive at their homes to take them away. Published January 28, 2015

This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 photo shows Duke Chapel in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)

Duke University’s chapel kerfuffle

A few weeks back, many Americans were understandably perplexed by Duke University's decision to allow Muslim students to sound the call for Friday prayer (the adan) from the belfry of its famed chapel tower. Published January 21, 2015

Liberals Missing from Talk Radio Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The silence of the lefties

This column over the years has been interested in liberalism in a special way, as a coroner is interested in a corpse in a special way. Specifically, I have been interested in the pathologies that laid the patient low. What precisely has been the cause of death? Published January 14, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus ceremonial swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

Democrats running on empty

As the Republicans settle into the House of Representatives and the Senate, with their largest House margin in 86 years and about as healthy a margin in the Senate as they could have gained in 2014, the talk in major media is of the Republicans' many problems. As The Washington Post put it in a front-page headline, "Rancor in GOP flares ... ." The Democrats should suffer from such "rancor." Published January 7, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel (center), posted this selfie with former first family the Clintons.

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren set up good year for Republicans

Perhaps the beginning of 2015 is an appropriate time to think about what we are to be confronted with in the presidential year 2016. Ever since the autumn electoral rout of the Democrats, we have been confronted by news stories of the looming presidential prospects of Hillary Rodham Clinton and hints about the rise of the presidential prospects of Elizabeth Warren. Published December 31, 2014

Illustration on the decline and fall of literary substance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Public nuisance: The future of the New Republic

I should like to pose a question to the overnight press baron Chris Hughes, who owns the moribund New Republic that he has rendered moribund with astounding speed and no class at all. Published December 10, 2014

Illustration on the American Christmas tradition by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ignoring the Christmas haters

Alas, it is over. I am speaking of the Thanksgiving Day celebration — one of my favorite holidays. It is a serious celebration as we give thanks for our many blessings. Yet it is also a jolly day, full of good food, drink and sport, perhaps touch football, more likely a televised game. The whole family comes together and, often in the company of friends, has a festive time. Moreover, there is a venerable sense of tradition to the feast that renders the whole holiday somehow reassuring. Published December 3, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is telling Americans who voted for change: "I hear you." The President said the Republican victories Tuesday in the midterm elections are a sign they want Washington "to get the job done."  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The president of 'no'

In the gloom of the day after last week's election, I think even his allies in the media expected something more from the prophet, Barack Obama. Published November 12, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. The Justice Department and EPA announced that Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Company would pay a $100 million penalty for overstating vehicle fuel standards. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The last of the racists

So what did you think of the 2014 election? Do I hear talk of a wave election? Is 2014 another 2010 election? I think it is, and that makes it more significant than any other recent election, as I shall explain in due course. Published November 5, 2014

Illustration on lessening government's role in education by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

After the election wave comes the liberation

The wave is approaching the shoreline. I am talking to Republicans and independents. The wave they have been awaiting is an electoral wave, and it seems to be coming in. Published October 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder (above, in 2009) exemplified President Obama's racial vision in calling the U.S. a "nation of cowards" for evading racial guilt, says Colin Flaherty. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Liberal lunacy on voter-ID cards

Let us put the forthcoming elections into perspective. At least let us put it into perspective as the left wing sees it. Published October 15, 2014

Illustration on Joe Biden, gaffe-prone vice president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Good old Joe 'G is for Gaffe' Biden

What do you suppose our ebullient vice president says to his sorely pressed staff when he rolls into the office at the end of the day and discovers that, yes, he has done it again? Published October 8, 2014

"Divided House" by William Gropper

When unhappy voters threaten the status quo

Can it happen here? It is happening in Europe, where French polls show that the National Front's Marine Le Pen would win the election for president if elections were held tomorrow. Published October 1, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at Tamarack during the Working for Jobs Rally in Beckley, W.Va., on Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)

The restive right at election time

The 2014 midterm races are heating up. It seems to me everyone is uneasy. Some Republicans are gleeful. Published September 24, 2014

Paul Ryan    The Washington Times

Paul Ryan's way forward

There is a mystery about Rep. Paul Ryan's new and very good book "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Dream." Perhaps there are several mysteries. Published September 10, 2014

Illustration on Neanderthal "art"     The Washington Times

Neanderthal man rocks

When I read the other day about those "cross-hatched" engravings found by archaeologists in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar being "the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art," I, of course, thought immediately of Rolling Stone magazine. Published September 3, 2014