Slacker Friday, Jumbo Edition
I've got a new "Think Again" column called "TheDHS Report: Torturing theTruth" here and I'vegot a new Nation column about the New York Times Company, theBostonGlobe and the craziness of the current situation in the newspaperbusiness called "The NewspaperBiz: More Poison Please?" here
Also, here on the Daily Beast, I criticize a Timesstory that pretendsto be about Obama selling out but in fact is about the fact that theTimes chose to put a story on its front page that has a theme butabsolutely no substance. And in this piece I refute yet another round ofsloppyand misleading charges thatIzzy Stone was a spy.And today I did this column about William Kristol and the art of failingupward in conservative American for the Guardian, and it's here.Oh, and the finalists for theMirror awards for covering the media wereannounced this week and my work appeared in two categories: Best SingleArticle--Traditional for "Out of Print" (The New Yorker), andBest Commentary--Digital for a series of columns on the legacy of the Bushwar against the press for the Center for American Progress, which are here. All of the nominees can be found here.One of the many fun aspects of an extremely fun job--that of New YorkTimes op-ed page pundit--is the ability to just say stuff that mayor may not be true but which you are under no obligation to demonstrate assuch. Given the temptation, almost all pundits yield to this,and--surprise, surprise--not only does much of what they claim turn outto be false, but it also, by coincidence, matches almost exactly their ownstated political prejudices. Is David Brooks the worst offender? Icouldn't say. But I would say that you can't get away with this soeasily in the blogosphere. Brooks would have to link to his sources,which I'm guessing, are either misread or imaginary. For instance thismorning, he writes:
"There is little philosophical backing for a government as activist asthe one Obama is proposing. Middle-class voters are not willing to handover higher taxes in exchange for more federal services. The public issignificantly to Obama's right on economic matters and needs constantevidence that he is not trespassing on personal freedom and individualresponsibility."