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And what’s wrong with CEI using a young girl in its ad? TNR implies that it’s unseemly. But did TNR have a conniption fit when Environmental Defense (ED) did the same thing? In an ED ad called “Tick” children warn against “massive heat waves,” “severe droughts” and “devastating hurricanes.” Another called “Train” shows a child about to be hit by a locomotive. It’s supposed to be an analogy for how global warming will affect the future. Was that tacky? Funny, I can’t find the TNR editorial denouncing those ads.
What is behind TNR’s Kos-tic outbursts? Someone who thought like a TNR editor might reason that the magazine is trying to win back its former subscribers on the Left. In 2002 and 2003, TNR broke with the left to support the Iraq war — and watched its subscriptions slide. In one year, 2003-2004, TNR’s “total paid and/or requested” circulation fell from 61,723 to 51,723. Despite its later apology for supporting the war, circulation has continued to decline — to 50,403 in 2005. Meanwhile circulation is way up at leftist magazines that opposed the war, like the American Prospect, the Nation, and the Washington Monthly. Maybe TNR is rebuilding its credibility among lefties — and its circulation — by printing articles that make it indistinguishable from a blog rant.
Is that insinuation fair? You say I’m only attacking motives instead of making an argument? Fair enough, but maybe TNR should think about extending the same courtesies to global warming critics. That won’t happen in TNR’s new world of bad faith attack journalism. Its editors will just dismiss me as another Exx-Con.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?