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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Bruce Bartlett took a hit of LSD

That's the only explanation I can think of. Bruce Barlett is one of the more lucid conservative commentators out there. But the following is the opening paragraph of his new column:

I don't believe in coincidences in politics. When I see the Wall Street Journal and New York Times both running big front-page stories within two days of each other on a subject that isn't remotely time sensitive, I know that something is going on. More than likely, it signals the beginning of an organized campaign by the liberal media to gin up an issue for the Democrats.

Okay, he is entitled to the general conservative belief that the mainstream media is the "liberal media", a fading-but-still-slightly-true characterization. And he is certainly entitle to call the New York Times "liberal". In any other industrialized country it would be "centrist", but here, okay, "liberal". And he is also entitled to present his (probably wrong) case against the thesis that there is little class mobility in America.

But the Wall Street Journal is part of "an organized campaign by the liberal media to gin up an issue for the Democrats"?!?!?

He took a hit of LSD. Or some other hallucinogenic drug. It is the only possible explanation.

haha...good point :)

i think you're far too charitable though. he's certainly allowed to present distorted views of reality, but we don't have to be nice about it. It's destructive and harmful to undermine the role of the media (imperfect though it was/is) as an arbiter of political truth in the u.s. and replace it with a class of conservatives who make no pretense to having objectivity as a value. That, in fact, is what has and/or is being done and we should be a part of that project. Or, at least, I don't want to be.
But who could have foreseen such an attention as this?
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