Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
March 6, 2003

Liberal blogger Atrios is outraged, rightly, at vicious anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler statements made by the Reverend Moon. This is nasty, nasty stuff, and totally inexcusable.

Atrios has another point in mind: discrediting the crusading conservative newspaper Moon owns, the Washington Times. Like a lot of bloggers on the left, he wants to analogize this to the crucial organizational role played in annti-war protests by ANSWER and other groups run by Communists.

I don't buy the analogies, for two reasons:

1. The anti-war movement pretends to be a popular mass movement; much of its efforts have been directed at getting publicity for the size of the crowds it draws, etc. Thus, it's exceptionally relevant to show that such a movement is being directed by Stalinists.

2. The anti-war movement has invested a huge amount of emotional capital in criticizing and demonizing the motives and financial backing of those who support war, usually as a way of avoiding the merits. Turnabout is always fair play.

Again, I'm not disagreeing with Atrios' condemnation of Moon, just his preferred use of the information.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:04 AM | Politics 2002-03 • | War 2002-03 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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