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  •  Thanks, ai. (3+ / 0-)
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    I suppose I'm definitely guilty of taking a dim view of Joe Klein, which may seem like a knee-jerk Kossack response. But the reason that many of us are so down on people like Klein and Friedman (or David Brooks is another one) is because they seem to embody a kind of reasonable-sounding conduit for implicitly reactionary thinking. They're the kinds of talking head whose measured tones and seemingly mild-mannered moderation give Democratic viewers/readers permission to explore less-than-Democratic thinking.

    It's a Village thing, and it's annoying, to be sure. But it's also dangerous, because it's these folks -- and not the Rush Limbaughs or Glenn Becks, God bless 'em -- who serve as a kind of punditry gateway drug, introducing the chattering classes to the tantalizing appeal of austerity politics, he said/she said reportage, and false equivalencies.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:04:40 PM PST

    •  I agree with your description (0+ / 0-)

      for the beltway echo-chamber as a form of reactionary commentary that sounds reasonable but doesn't have much thought put into it. Its for that reason that I think Klein should not be lumped with the others, cause to have his  viewpoints on many issues that are set in stone in DC require someone who, while isn't always right, has the ability to ignore the echo-chamber and construct an independent thought. Of course, he ain't perfect and, like all of us, has had his moments of lazy punditocracy.

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