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Some People Believe This Nonsense; The Atlantic Chose to Publish It

Here’s a quick way to know if you’re unhinged. If someone asks you, “Who is the worst leader of all time?” and your response is any American president – much less presidents Reagan or Bush — you might need medication.

That’s the question The Atlantic asked, and of the five contributor responses they chose to publish, two of them mention Republicans. Here’s Laurence Leamer, author of The Price of Justice:

I was thinking of Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, when the goofy, smiling face of President George W. Bush appeared out of nowhere. Bush’s invasion of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands and the displacement of millions, was a major factor in the dismemberment of nation-states, and the tally goes on.

Then there’s this, from Bryan Safi:

Ronald Reagan. Tens of thousands of gay men were wiped off the map simply because he refused to speak, much less act. What’s worse than ignoring a national health crisis while you stuff your face full of jelly beans and your wife reads her horoscope in the next room?

Why is the The Atlantic catering to this nonsense? It’s a serious journal that publishes some of the best content anywhere on the web, but it’s also susceptible to the broader trend of mainstreaming radicalism.

Indeed, that’s one of the primary sins of the mainstream media writ large. It still produces well-reported and well-reasoned content, but in part because of its connection to fever-swamp academia and fringe Hollywood, it grants respectful hearing to incandescently idiotic ideas.

In the age of Trump, watch for most of the Left to treat media responsibility as entirely one-sided. It’s up to conservatives to police their own, while the Left is free to unleash “provocative” ideas. Fox News needs to watch itself, while The Atlantic grants a platform to extremism.

Sorry, but no. Every magazine makes mistakes, but this one is ridiculous. Please, Atlantic, don’t publish stupid things.

David French — David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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