Dover Bitch

Friday, January 04, 2008

Slippery slope

In a piece titled "Who's Afraid of Bill Kristol?" and teased with a link that says "The Left Needs To Shut Up About Bill Kristol's New Column," Slate's Jack Shafer takes critics of the NY Times' hire to task.

Shafer really slams "nearly every liberal with a blogging account" by showing us the absurd logical end to our collective gripe:

If being wrong about the war should disqualify Kristol from the Times op-ed page, then Times op-ed veteran and war-supporter Thomas L. Friedman, who was still calling the invasion "one of the noblest things this country has ever attempted abroad" eight months after the fact, should resign his commission. Bill Keller, Times executive editor today but a columnist at the dawn of the war, should pack and leave, too, because he supported the war in February 2003 as a "reluctant hawk." To be completely consistent, let's have the Washington Post sack its editorial page for its Iraq errors and the majorities of both houses of Congress resign.

Wow, that would be horrible. I now see the error of my thinking.

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