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12/12/2005 02:22:00 AM | Timothy

The M.O. of a New Republic editor
Anyone who had the faintest idea about the contrarian nature of a New Republic story would never write these words:
Editor and Publisher reports that this Sunday’s Times magazine will feature an article by [New Republic staffer] Michael Crowley which, basically, lies. ‘Lies’ not in the sense of fabrication, but in the sense that Crowley looks at a situation—in this case the blogosphere and its political influence—observes what is plain to see and agreed-upon by both sides, and then reports precisely the opposite in order to paint his political enemies as the bad guys.
Gimme a break. TNR loves to run stories countering the conventional wisdom.A few years ago TNR finally did the ultimate contrarian cover story, poking fun at itself as well: "In Defense of Conventional Wisdom". Whatever the merits of the story in this particular case (with a TNR staffer writing in another publication), simply disagreeing with conventional wisdom is hardly a 'lie'. That claim is silly.



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