Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I know it's a silly waste of time to respond to Andrew Sullivan in one of his malignant moods. (It's a waste of time to correct him on his many factual errors too, but that at least is fun.)
Still, this bit of poison is likely to spread, and since my friend John Podhoretz is too high-minded to answer it, I think I had better. Andrew insinuates in a post today that John's Podhoretz as editor of Commentary is somehow "nepotistic" since his father was the last editor of the magazine but one.
A couple of relevant facts: Norman Podhoretz does not own Commentary. Norman retired from the magazine 12 years ago. He has no power to hire or fire editors. The hiring of John was proposed by the current editor, Neal Kozodoy, who is no relation to John.
A reality-based writer might have noticed similar facts about Jonah Goldberg and Bill Kristol. Jonah Goldberg was not hired at NRO; he created NRO. And it was not for Irving Kristol's sake that Rupert Murdoch selected Bill Kristol to head the team that created the Weekly Standard: Kristol at that point had served as chief of staff of the vice president of the United States - and had done as much as any individual to mobilize the opposition to the Hillary Clinton healthcare plan.
John will do enough in his own right to irritate Andrew. There's no need to use falsehoods and misrepresentations.
10/16 08:09 PM