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  •  In Defense of TNR (4.00)
    Kos --
    I don't know if you are blinded by Deanlove, but I have to say I'm disappointed at your indictment of TNR.  TNR is a journal of opinion.  Just because the opinions don't match your own is not a reason for cancelling.

    There are reasons for cancelling, as I did for some time.  That was when I learned about Stephen Glass.  It was devastating.  His articles were by far my favorites.  But he's gone, I accept their apologies, and I'm back subscribing and I'd do it for twice the price.

    TNR does not bill itself as center-left, I think that's other people's characterization.

    I started subscribing in 1986 after I happened on it in a college library and couldn't put it down.  I immediately went and read all the back-issues.  The writing is excellent. The views were not monolithic.  They often challenged my own views in a witty and engaging way.  I often disagree with the opinions and sometimes see flaws in the analysis, but I usually learn something and sometimes am influenced to change or soften my positions.

    The editors (Peretz) were predictably and annoyingly Israel-centric, but they feature a wide range of opinions.  The magazine is for intelligent readers who are willing to read different perspectives, liberal and conservative, and who appreciate the fine art of politics.  

    Dean-o-phobe is a little over the top, but that kind of expression deserves a home too.  Use it as a tool for practicing Dean-defense.  We'll need it if he gets nominated.

    Cancel if you must, but you're only proving David Brooks right, that most people just want to read opinions that validate their own.  

    •  Re: In Defense of TNR (4.00)
      The editors (Peretz) were predictably and annoyingly Israel-centric, but they feature a wide range of opinions.  The magazine is for intelligent readers who are willing to read different perspectives, liberal and conservative, and who appreciate the fine art of politics.

      No. That's just the sheep's clothing. The reality is different, just follow the money:

      The New Republic recently sold two-thirds of its ownership to Roger Hertog and Michael Steinhardt, New York financiers who also recently launched the conservative daily New York Sun. Estimates are that the pair will shovel millions of dollars' worth of subsidies into TNR, as it's known in the media world.

      Kos is right on this one.

    •  Re: In Defense of TNR (none)
      TNR hasn't really reflected a spectrum of opinion since the Rick Hertzberg era. The magazine began to slide under Kinsley---that's when it became reliably "neo" (neocon/neolib). Kinsley was the prototypical "punching bag lib" on Firing Line as a whimpy WaPo columnist and as TNR editor. And just look what a big waste Slate has been, with no-talents like Mickey Kaus, whom were brought by Kinsley from TNR. I let my TNR subscription lapse early in the Sullivan regime, but was tempted to cancel even early into the Kinsley era.

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