Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Paint by numbers polemics

In the bad old days, you had to build your own strawmen when arguing politics. Now, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can just pick one off the cyber-shelf.

Want to paint the Right as unbalanced loons-- well, La Coulter is happy to oblige. Want to do the same to the Left, drop by Kos or James Woolcott's blog.

I was sorry to see even the esteemed New Criterion opt for this shortcut.
Delusions of “reality”

James Bowman is better than this. Honest media criticism in an asymetrical war is important work. But going after Olbermann and Frank Rich in a serious journal is breaking a butterfly on a wheel.

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