The Corner

The Nation Vs. The New Yorker

Daniel Lazare is attacking David Remnick and co. from the left. A sample: “Whenever The New Yorker uses the word ‘terror’ or one of its cognates, for instance, it is almost always in an Arab or Muslim context. While a Nexis search turns up numerous references in the magazine to Palestinian, Egyptian and Pakistani terrorism since the Twin Towers attack, it turns up no references to US or Israeli terrorism or, for that matter, to terrorism on the part of Christians or Jews.” Another: “By focusing narrowly on Islam’s rejection of modernity, moreover, [Bernard] Lewis implied that the Judeo-Christian West’s relationship to modernity is healthy and normal. One would never suspect that the President of the United States is a born-again Christian who believes that ‘on the issue of evolution, the verdict is still out on how God created the earth.’” No need for criticism on my part; to quote is to damn.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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