Look, I take a back seat to only a very few people when it comes to my contempt for Steve Glass. But isn’t there something odd about journalists, particularly liberal ones, protesting the publication of a book and journalists, particularly conservatives, inveighing against the profit motive? I agree with Erich Eichmann and John that Glass is a feckless crapweasel. And I even agree that Glass’s attempt to cash-in on his own transgressions is unseemly. But I can’t get past the fact that the media are making a bigger deal about Glass’s book than they would if, say, a murderer wrote one. When Mumia Abu Jamal — the convicted, and rightly so, murder — cashes in on his nefariously-earned celebrity, first amendment voluptuaries cheer. Isn’t murder worse than plagiarism and fabrication? There’s something vaguely self-serving in the hooplah over Glass and Blair, something which seems to say “We are so great, it is huge news for everybody when one of us stumbles. I am emphatically not ascribing these views to Miller and Eichmann, it’s just that they got me thinking about it.
Using “white men” as a putdown is no longer extreme enough for the Left. Now it is moving on to doing the same for “white women.” How rapidly this transpired. It was less than two years ago that the approximately 98.7 percent of white women working in media who were openly rooting for Hillary Clinton ... Read More
We were not supposed to have made it this far. George Orwell saw night descending on us in 1984. Orwell was, on paper, a radical, but in his heart he was an old-fashioned English liberal. He dreamed of socialism but feared socialists. He feared them because he knew them. I was in the sixth grade in 1984, but I ... Read More
The Boston Globe mistakenly overstated Senator Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry in a Monday report detailing a gene test the Massachusetts lawmaker underwent to substantiate her previous claims to Native American heritage. The ancestry report indicates that Warren is anywhere between six and ten ... Read More
Through much of the last month, the American people have been treated to a version of the emotional and ideological argument that’s dominated the American academy for much of the last ten years. The argument goes something like this: Women rarely lie about rape. Thus, the failure of criminal or civil justice ... Read More
Dear Reader (Even those of you who didn’t seem to notice or care that I failed to file this “news”letter on Friday), So I’m sitting here at Gate C6 at O’Hare waiting for my flight home. I am weary, pressed for time, in desperate need of a shower, and filled with a great sense of dread for the work ... Read More
Hillary Clinton insisted that the sexual-assault allegations against her husband are nothing like the accusations that have been levied against Brett Kavanaugh -- suggesting that Bill’s accusers are not examples of victims who must be believed as part of the #MeToo movement. “There’s a very significant ... Read More