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
Friday, January 17, 2003
Several bloggers, including Eugene Volokh, have jumped on Martin Wisse for this quote in the Times profile of Glenn Reynolds:
"He presents opinions of people who agree with him as facts and distorts the positions of people who disagree with him," said Martin Wisse, who runs the Progressive Gold blog. "In short, he poses as an objective journalist when he's not."
It's certainly true that the critics have a valid point. Martin's criticism, as he (or possibly the Times) phrased it, really doesn't make sense. Glenn has never "posed as an objective journalist". But Glenn does make a dubious claim which may be what Martin was trying to get at. In various statements Glenn has denied being a conservative. It's true that he isn't a 'values' conservative of the type that currently dominates the GOP. He is pro-tolerance on gays and highly critical of the Drug War. And although he is presumably pro States Rights, he isn't using the phrase as a code for racism, as some southern white conservatives have. But few reasonably thoughtful people support one platform or another straight down the line. Glenn, like Sullivan, is sufficiently comfortable with the right and sufficiently hostile towards the left that the distinction has little relevance. In fact, he has even complained about the more orthodox conservative movement that it "shar[es] far more ground with the intrusive left than it wants to admit".
It is also true that Glenn does link to bloggers who disagree with him, including this one (twice). But a look at either his blogroll or his links will show that the preponderance of the right is fairly strong. (Should Glenn display the wisdom to put me on his blogroll, this complaint will naturally be withdrawn.)