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Sunday, August 08, 2004

"The Deranging Influence of Blogs"

Maybe this is being linked tons elsewhere by now, but in any case I'll mention Leon Wieseltier in the NYT book review:

We infer from what is said that Jay is a deeply unhappy man. His wife has left him, his girlfriend has left him, he has lost his job as a high-school teacher, he works as a day laborer and has declared personal bankruptcy, he spends his days reading blogs. (About the deranging influence of blogs Baker makes a sterling point.)

So stop reading this site now, unless you want to become deranged!

That's from a review of the new book about a guy who plans an assassination of President Bush. Clearly, assassination is terribly wrong and no respectable person would ever suggest such a thing. Despite all of that, Wiestelier--an editor of "even the liberal" New Republic--takes the opportunity to criticize Bush's fervent critics. How he gets there in the course of this book review is kind of peculiar, and his energies seem rather misplaced to me when we have the Michelle Malkins of the world being backed by mainstream conservative institutions.