The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Gregg Easterbrook's been chugging the NYT Kool Aid
A search on the guy's name will produce several Plawg pieces on the Kill Bill antisemitism saga earlier this year - I was bold in his defence, he was cringing in his surrender, I seem to recall.
Further evidence of his flakiness with his contribution today to the Miller thing.
You're not along in the piece hardly a moment when you read:
...let's hope the paper's remarkable editor, Bill Keller, is not punished for having the courage to be honest with readers.
And - even better:
Ideally The New York Times would have figured out, prewar, that Ahmed Chalabi was a Professor Harold Hill character and that, overall, claims about Iraqi weapons were suspect.
Said as if outing Chalabi as a phoney  was a druther on a par with wishing the English had had machine-guns at the Battle of Hastings!
It's a whitewash on a Lord Hutton scale. The old Michael Caine quote is as apposite to Easterbrook as to his Lordship :
I only told you to blow the bloody doors off!
And Harold Hill? My Music Man memories are faded - but I'm pretty sure that his fakery didn't result in thousand of deaths.
(Well, perhaps in an off off off Broadway production...)
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