My new “Think Again” column is called “The Mainstream Media Is Gobbling Up Conservative Crazies” and it’s here.
And I did a short piece for Columbia Journalism Review on Arthur Krock and Joe Kennedy. It’s called “The journalist and the politician.”
Among the deeply annoying things the story about that insanely large cash prize won by Leon Wieseltier is that I was asked to audition for the same Sopranos role. Neither of us got it—they used one of their own writers—but Leon got that great cameo, instead (at which, by the way, he sucked, sorry to say. Two lines and they were weak as hell). I’m pro-Leon, however, as a writer, which is unusual among people I know who don’t also write for him (or sign their names to his prose). (Oh and, stay classy, Marty.)
Ronnie Dworkin, Rest in Peace.
Back to the Middle East, here’s Gershom Gorenberg on Judith Butler and speaking at Brooklyn College on BDS.
And here is an article about Hamas’s human rights record in Gaza. I’m happy to hold Israel to as high a standard of respect for human rights as possible. But how weird is it that so few people on the left, especially people who call themselves feminists like say Ms. Butler and The Nation’s Phyllis Bennis do not appear at all interested in the oppression of women (or men, for that matter) by these pro-terrorist, pro-torture, anti-women, anti-Jew, anti-gay, anti-human rights, anti-religious freedom extremist Islamic radicals. Read the article below, by the Inter Press Service and see if you disagree that leftists and liberals (especially feminist liberals and leftists), and people devoted to human rights and freedom of expression might have a few reasons for concern here.
(Oh, and this article does not even address the “Arbitrary Arrests, Torture, Unfair Trials “ described in this 43 page report by Human Rights Watch, “Abusive System: Criminal Justice in Gaza,” which documents “extensive violations by Hamas security services, including warrantless arrests, failure to inform families promptly of detainees’ whereabouts, and subjecting detainees to torture. It also documents violations of detainees’ rights by prosecutors and courts. Military courts frequently try civilians, in violation of international law. Prosecutors often deny detainees access to a lawyer, and courts have failed to uphold detainees’ due process rights in cases of warrantless arrest and abusive interrogations, Human Rights Watch found.”)
Okay, back to the women …
“Gaza is becoming increasingly radicalised as Hamas continues its crackdown on civil liberties, press freedom and the rights of women. In the last few weeks a number of journalists have been arrested and accused of being involved in 'suspicious activities,' several detainees shot dead by police during arrest attempts, and female students asked to abide by a strict Islamic dress code.