The New McCarthyism by Larry Cohler-Esses is the same old story The Nation is so quick to print. First there is pressure from a conservative or an ideological enemy against a viewpoint that The Nation agrees with, whether it be a critic of President Bush or the Iraq war or Israel being questioned by the "right-wing." Then, after a few months The Nation comes as the knight in shining armor to bail out this critic who "only speaks the truth and is being subjected to McCarthyism." This same cycle--questioning a scholar or public intellectual, ad hominem attacks on those questioning the scholar and then The Nation's revealing their version of the truth--is getting quite old (see Norman Finkelstein, Joseph Mossad and now Dr. Abu El-Haj). Any critic of President Bush or Israel is a friend of The Nation. I remember when I was younger and The Nation presented ideas, not ideology and evidence to support that ideology. I hope some day it can return to that form.
Dustin Adam Stein
Nov 5 2007 - 1:13pm