Saturday, January 19, 2008

Skewering Liberal Hypocrisy

The New York Times recently added conservative writer Bill Kristol to its op-ed page, likely to try to at least produce some semblance of balance to their hard left liberal stance on everything. Apparently, their readers aren't interested in appearances and have been expressing their displeasure. The Times' "public editor" chimed in with an article criticizing the paper's move as well. Here is a comment posted on Powerline that masterfully skewers their hypocrisy:
Concerning your article about William Kristol, and the howling mob who would string him up from a lamppost, while doubtless murmuring pieties about freedom of speech -- they're just ideas, folks, relax. We know you're not used to hearing ideas that don't comport with yours -- after all you went to college where rarely is heard a conservative word -- but take a deep breath. And, after all, part of the definition of liberal is to be "open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others" (American Heritage Dictionary). Just as freedom of speech isn't enshrined in our Bill of Rights to protect only popular speech -- surely it is unpopular speech that needs protecting -- the liberal mind shouldn't be open only to those ideas it is in agreement with.

Oh, and by the way, if Scooter Libby can be prosecuted for outing an arguably covert agent, which, as I recall, the Times was so zealous in pursuing, why shouldn't the Times be liable for prosecution for revealing a classified program? You feel you can conduct yourself any way you please, and then claim "intimidation" if called to account? Go carefully, and remember the story about the boy and the wolf.

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