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PajamasTV, For People Who Find ‘Hannity’ Too Intellectually Taxing

Elisa Mueller
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jun 03, 2009

Remember when Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher reported on the stimulus package for the semi-obscure Web video site PajamasTV and was denied access to parts of the Capitol? He wasn’t happy about that:

Unfortunately I was explained to that (sic) right now PJTV.com is considered more opinionated than hard news. And that kind of put me off.

PajamasTV still exists, and it’s running the third installment of a series called “Klavan on the Culture,” in which mystery author Andrew Klavan stalks around a green screen and mutters imitation-witty things about liberalism.

This episode, ostensibly directed at college graduates, is perhaps the most confusing. Klavan’s audience consists of in-the-tank conservatives, not college students, so he lays on the mockery:

Well, college grads, the answers lie in a book you’ve never read, called “Democracy in America,” by Alexis de Tocqueville. To put this in terms you can understand, Alexis de Tocqueville was some French guy who lived way back in history days, before Lara Croft’s breasts jiggled when you jumped her up and down in “Tomb Raider.”

Back before those damned kids kicked their foot-ball onto Klavan’s lawn! Seriously, there are high schools that teach Tocqueville, and few high school students draw Klavan’s lesson that Tocqueville was afraid of a future welfare state. Klavan splashes together a clip from President Obama’s inaugural address with a clip from the film “300,” in which the giant, well-oiled Emperor Xerxes offers a treasonous Spartan prostitutes and money if he joins up with the Persians.

OK, one of those was the big, creepy Persian guy from “300.” But it’s kind of hard to tell them apart. And no, not just because both have dark skin and are narcissistic metrosexuals. It’s because they’re both offering the same tyranny of animal pleasures, complete safety, and dehumanizing loss of free will, that Tocqueville predicted so long ago.

It’s really hard to understand why PJTV is considered more opinionated than hard news.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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