Ben Domenech: It's the Liberals Fault
by Matt Stoller, Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:46:49 AM EST
The liberal-bashing from The New Republic is at this point weird, strained, stretched to the breaking point of credulity. Take this piece, by hyperwankerific Rob Anderson, who blames unnamed liberal elites for the Ben Domenech affair.
Domenech deserved to be let go; but in the course of celebrating his demise, liberals have missed the real lesson of this entire episode. Instead of hiring a conservative, the Post hired a caricature of one; Domenech's blog would have been less a product of red America and more a product of what blue America understands red America to be. More than anything else, the sad saga of Ben Domenech reveals just how simplistic blue-state elites have become in their understanding of American conservatism.
Throughout the article, he quotes one person, Josh Marshall, in a measured comment about the Washington Post's management. The rest of it is a weird evidence-less screed about how liberal elites hate Red States because we can't get over 2004.
The New Republic does terrific reporting sometimes, but this is a cheap, slapped together insult of an unnamed group of people that loosely includes those of us who read and write on MyDD. This style of work in that magazine is just outdated, like The Macarena, only you don't secretly still love it. I wish they'd just stop it already.