My new “Think Again” column is called "A ‘Very, Very Bad’ Article" and it is about the comical, but enormously worrisome reaction to Michael Hastings’ brilliant takedown of ex-General McChrystal. It’s here.
I did a Daily Beast post for this morning, which, in their inimitable fashion, they named, “Sock it to Em! Obama,” and that’s here.
My new Nation column, “A Conspiracy So Immense” is about the nuttiness surrounding the firing of Dave Weigel and the end of Journolist.
Also this: on April 30, 2010, Columbia University hosted a conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history. The conference was organized by Eric Wakin, the Lehman Curator for American History at Columbia University, and featured several notable speakers and panelists, including Victor Navasky, Michael Kazin, Andi Zeisler, Eric Alterman, Stanley Crouch and more. Video of the entire conference is embedded here.
CHARLES PIERCE NEWTON, MA.
"You’re going to Sodom and Gomorrah, but what do you care?/Ain’t nobody there would want to marry your sister."
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "All Kinds Of Crazy" (Abita Blues) — I don’t need any of that Bud Light Lime to bring out how much I love New Orleans.
Part The First: Ol’ Squint seems to be off the reservation a tad these days. However, Clio, the Muse of History, demands that we point out that, as hard as he may have been working, Newt always managed to find time to work on his Comely Aide hobby.
Part The Second: Have I mentioned that the GOP in Alabama has a congressional candidate who is insane? Hang in there for the whole commercial, by the way. Very much like "Layla," it’s not over when you think it is. However, this is just very funny.
Part The Third: The least surprising thing about the Dave Weigel rumpus is the involvement in it of Tucker Carlson, who bravely published Weigel’s private e-mails, just as he once bravely put my private e-mail address out on the air during The Spin Room, one of Carlson’s several failed television projects. Luckily, this being Tucker Carlson on television, almost nobody saw it, but one person who did sent along the first death threat of my daughter’s life. (To be fair, the guy said he was going to take us all out.) Of course, when a mere blogger did something to him, Carlson whined like a scalded schoolgirl. When you’re walking into the National Press Club in D.C., Tucker Carlson is pretty much what you have to scrape off your shoe.