Why Are NRO And Heritage Undermining Conservatism’s Future?
This is a fine point. I want to be careful so that people understand what I am actually saying and what I am not saying. It isn't about censorship of any kind. It's also not about intolerance for disagreement on issues, or stifling honest debate. It's about using prudent judgment to preserve and encourage smart, genuine conservative thought as would be stewards of it, while not aiding and abetting one's ideological enemies – especially when they are willing to indulge in pathetic gimmicks and practices disguised as debate.
Conn Carroll of the Heritage Foundation regularly appears with Conor Friedersdorf in this bloggingheads TV deal. NRO usually links, or features it as part of their front page. They could do this with a flaming progressive and I wouldn't care. The issue is, Andrew Sullivan's protege, Conor Friedersdorf, clearly mis-labels himself as a conservative, despite repeatedly and viciously attacking some of the best conservatives. I'll point that out.
The heart of the matter is, the New York Times, Kaiser Health News and many others pick it up and distribute it, with Friedersdorf appearing to be an honest spokesperson for some bizarre brand of conservatism, precisely because both Heritage and NRO, among others, lend him their credibility. Yet, the vast majority of the base knows precisely who and what Friedersdorf is. In fact, he often dishonestly attacks those very institutions and their allies disingenuously as a conservative in his other usual forums.
Perhaps they believe they are somehow exposing, or debating him. I would disagree. What they are doing is fostering some next generation of an unhinged and unethical David Brooks on steroids as a legitimate voice of conservativism. I can't for the life of me rationalize that as sound judgment coming from institutions that claim to be champions of conservatism, past, present and, most importantly, future. I'm not saying Friedersdorf shouldn't have a platform, but that, NRO and Heritage should be more responsible in what they do with their own conservative donor-supported platforms.
There are plenty of good, even young serious conservative voices in the blogosphere. I never see these institutions embrace any of them. So, why embrace and ultimately elevate one of the worst?
This (see below) is simply an extremely quick sampling of Friedersdorf's dishonest, mean-spirited ugliness in his own words. Heritage advertises on Rush Limbaugh's show. Why are they elevating someone who calls Rush a mendacious hack and worse, attacking him regularly? Why is NRO elevating someone who so often impugns Andrew McCarthy's character and Mark Steyn's intelligence? Those fellows write at NRO. It makes no sense. But given that Friedersdorf routinely attacks most all of the best, strongest, most popular and more genuine conservative voices, while perhaps leaving the most moderate of the bunch alone, I have to wonder what kind of future for conservativism NRO and Heritage predict, as they are complicit in elevating some next generation of punditry clearly dedicated to tearing some of the best of conservatism down.
Here are only a few of probably hundreds of attacks and slurs by now. These aren't debating points. They are smears, insults and unfounded attacks on some of NRO's and Heritage's best friends and colleagues. What the hell is going on here, is any adult even minding the store at said institutions, let alone the future of conservatism and conservative pundity? Do the research if not convinced. I don't even want to read more of the malevolent little boy at this point.
The Spurious Slurs of Andy McCarthy
Astonishingly, even that would underestimate the mendacious hackery of Rush Limbaugh.
Illustrating the depth of Mr. Steyn’s wildly inaccurate characterization has taken quite awhile…. It’s a good test. Perhaps Mr. Steyn was just woefully mistaken ….
Conor Friedersdorf is my minor internet hero. I found his recent twitter campaign to persuade fans of talk radio blowhard Mark Levin that Levin should not be trusted … the ballsiest tweet ever?
Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy, whose error prone book is titled “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America,” ….