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  •  They're part of the illiberal media... (4.00)
    I don't think it started when Michael Kelly took over, but it sure as hell didn't stop when he died.

    They can't resist a dig at anything left-of-center; it's like P.J. O'Rourke line-edits every article before it goes out.

    They "balance" their honest brokers on the left--people like Hersh and Kaplan, who are more concerned with truth than partisanship--with hacks on the right. Bobo, Easterbrook, guys who pretend to make sense, who embody that smarm attitude "Oh, those well-meaning lefties, isn't it just a shame they don't get it. Still stuck in the 60s. Tsk tsk." Not to mention they've got that PNACer Reuel Marc Gerecht on the payroll.

    And they push conservatism with a friendly face: their go-to authors on gay issues (Rauch) and women's issues (Flanagan) say it all.

    The fiction is generally very good, and the Puzzler isn't bad (though usually a walk in the park compared to the ones in Harper's). These are the main reasons I still get the damn thing.

    •  Actually there was a big change under Mike Kelly (4.00)
      Pre-David Bradley/Michael Kelly, the Atlantic wasn't such a cozy home for the "conservative with a smiley face" crowd of writers.  That stable of writers - P. J. O'Rourke, David Brooks, Gregg Easterbrook, Flanagan, Gerecht, Judge Posner, et. al. were all mostly brought on board under Kelly.  Granted, pre-Kelly, the Atlantic had lost its focus and was a bit adrift with a lot hit-or-miss articles.  Post-Kelly, its been a more focus, more polished mag, but also a much more conservative one.  I used to read it avidly, but not anymore as its increasingly felt like just another GOP-mouthpiece.
      •  Being fair and balanced though (none)
        Anyone who has read William Langewiesche's excellent work on Iraq knows the Atlantic has not totally jumped onto the Neocon ship. And James Fallows is hardly a Bush shill. It has become more right since Michael Kelly joined the conservative choir, but it still does good journalism on a fairly regular basis.

        The Book of Revelations is NOT a foreign policy manual.

        by Dont Just Stand There on Sun Apr 24, 2005 at 03:52:03 PM PDT

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        •  good point (none)
          I am embarassed to say, but I had forgotten Langewiesche's piece on Iraw as well as his excellent three part series on the 9/11 Ground Zero cleanup.  

          I guess I just feel that the editorial content in their short pieces has gone completely downhill since they added their stable of conservative columnists like Eaterbrook, O'Rourke, Brooks, etc.  

          I used to read the Atlantic quite religiously as I found it a refreshing long-form alternative and in some ways "meatier" than the New Yorker.  Unfortunately, I find the focus on current events and politics under Kelly to be a bit of a repetitve drag.  Very seldom does it seem to publish articles about interesting things going on in psychology, sociology, biology, etc.  It was what set the Atlantic apart from the New Yorker.  It was a bit wonky and academic and idosyncratic in its way, but that's what made it special.

    •  The fiction (none)
      It's true that "the fiction is generally very good,"  but guess what? The Atlantic has decided to axe fiction for good. Considering it's long been one of the big rags for fiction (alongside the New Yorker, Esquire, etc), this is significant.

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