The Corner

Passivity and Straw men

If you want to see a prime example of a straw man argument, check out Isaac Chotiner’s response to the issue of the passive voice in reporting.  In answer to your questions, Isaac:  Terrorists set off bombs and behead individuals.  Militias conduct sectarian killings.  Corrupt police are the problem we need to tackle.  Heck, I seem to remember writing about some of this in The New Republic.  The question of voice in writing is not a liberal versus conservative issue, and is a problem across the board.  Are you really defending the omission of subjects in journalism?

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.