Sunday, January 25, 2009
Forbes Magazine has compiled a list of the 25 "most influential" liberals in media. I'm not sure that I agree with the order and am puzzled by the inclusion of Christopher Hitchens, but the presence of the smart and fair Ezra Klein validates the exercise.
Hitchens was a Trotskyite, and he deplores anti-intellectualism so he really disliked this year's Republican ticket. But I think a survey of his columns over the last eight or nine years would reveal something akin to American conservativism on many more topics than Iraq.
I agree TH about Hitchens, he was without a doubt the most effective speaker stating the Iraq case then anyone from the administration. He would go toe-to-toe on Bill Maher's inane show and keep the audience relative calm.
I cannot believe that Forbes feels Huffington has that much sway? Did I not see Keith Obermann on that list? Also, two points on Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman; both of these guys had such bad cases of Bush Derangement Syndrom that any interesting new thoughts or ideas would be quickly washed away by their venom towards Bush. Also, I cannot believe that Krugman is an economist, never mind a Nobel Laureate. His belief system would have served FDR and LBJ well as they were cooking up the Great Society, and we all know that many of these ideas are a big part of our problems today.