Matthew Continetti today absolutely flays the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, the aggressively liberal and hideously intellectually dishonest hack known for hit jobs on Clarence Thomas, Dick Cheney, and others.
What binds the disparate threads of Mayer’s piece together is its assumption of good faith on the part of progressives and bad faith on the part of Republicans. This kindergarten-level reasoning is presented matter-of-factly, as though American politics at the highest level had all the subtlety of a Disney cartoon.
No one familiar with Mayer’s work could be surprised by her blatant disregard of news reports that undermine the idea that Democratic donors are somehow morally superior to Republican ones. On Valentine’s Day 2012, the Washington Post reported, “$3.9 billion in federal grants and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers.” An April report in the New York Times “showed that those who donated the most to Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party since he started running for president were far more likely to visit the White House than others.” After Obama reversed his position and endorsed same-sex marriage in May, the Post disclosed, “A review of Obama’s top bundlers, who have brought in $500,000 or more for the campaign, shows that about one in six publicly identify themselves as gay.” In June the Huffington Post “compared the State Department diplomatic list with information on 2008 contributions and found 28 individuals of ambassadorial rank who had raised a total of more than $14 million for the president.”
And so on, in a fact-filled, well organized, well-reasoned case against the preening hypocrisy not just of Mayer, but of the entire edifice of self-selected delusions of the establishment media who inhabit a strange little subculture of mendaciously preening self-regard. Well worth a read.
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