Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Saturday, June 08, 2002
Tapped is being uncharacteristically silly in this item on Salon's MWO article:
Salon deserves praise for running a piece critical of MWO, even if the article itself left something to be desired. Wingnuts: Remember this the next time you accuse Salon of being a Democratic mouthpiece.
What exactly is so praiseworthy about running an article that you concede isn't especially good? After all, back when it was worth checking out every day, Salon ran some brutal articles criticising Clinton with real reporting. The New York Times savaged Clinton and Gore time after time for 8 years while being a lapdog for Bush. I didn't notice the wingnuts noticing.
Why is it, incidentally, that the few liberal outlets have to please (and print) conservatives to be respectable? Salon for years was a regular outlet for Vincent, Horowitz and Paglia. With the exception of Paglia, who is utterly trite and worthless on politics but often insightful on culture, it certainly wasn't because they either wrote well or had anything original to say.
And it isn't only Salon. Sullivan, before he made his living complaining about conservatives being frozen out of the media, made his reputation in the US as editor of the New Republic. Slate has many conservatives in its Breakfast Club feature, not to mention Kaus, who really isn't fooling anybody when he claims he's still a Democrat. Even the Nation has Hitchens, who really isn't a conservative pundit, but is so addicted to nasty personal attacks against Democrats that he might as well be. TAP is about the only major liberal publication that doesn't have an obvious house conservative, and good for them. It's not as if conservatives lack TV, radio, and print outlets where they can whine about the liberal media.
The total number of house liberals I know of in National Review, Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal editorial page combined is 0. (I have looked, but if any reader can point out one I missed I'll correct this.)