February 16, 2007
Who Got Da Power?
It's worth saying that the elevation of Marty Peretz's protege James Kirchick onto The Plank and the pages of the Examiner is proof positive that Marty is not a meaningless part of that magazine, and his ability to influence the hiring, firing, and editorial end of things does in fact allow his ideology to propagate both within TNR and outside its walls (working at TNR is a powerful resume line). That's all fine, but folks shouldn't pretend it isn't true. Meanwhile, I really can't mention Marty without once again linking to the most awesome blog post ever. I think it was John Judis who suggested that fantastical conspiracy thinking was a recognizable marker of anti-semitism, and Peretz's willingness to blame George Soros for flights canceled because of inclement weather certainly qualifies. Those Jews control everything!
Update: So long as I'm on the subject, Open University has been terrific lately. Michael Kazin's post arguing that contemporary television programming is much more interesting and nuanced than at any time since the medium's invention is very good (I have to remember to watch Friday Night Lights) and Eric Rauchway's advice on how to review a book is quite sharp, although there's absolutely no way I'll follow it.
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Good lord, you're not watching Friday Night Lights!?! I'm a shameless, if largely ineffectual, evangelizer for that show. It'll be a shame when that show gets cancelled, which is bound to happen, perhaps after another season. The ratings haven't been great, and I think NBC's (half-hearted) push to promote it has mostly failed.
Posted by: Ankush | Feb 16, 2007 12:54:36 PM
Not saying I disagree, but it's worth noting that it's not that hard to get yourself published on the pages of the Examiner (i.e., Kirchick was writing for them long before he started working for TNR).
Posted by: Brad Plumer | Feb 16, 2007 1:42:02 PM
Note as well that the Examiner chain is owned by Phil Anschutz:
Posted by: paperwight | Feb 16, 2007 1:58:28 PM
Peretz: "For the last few days I've been counseling Soros to get out of the foreign policy business." You have to love the choice of words, as if Marty had George over for drinks and a tete-a-tete. This is like when evangelicals show up at gay pride parades with their "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" posters and call it "ministering."
Posted by: bobbo | Feb 16, 2007 2:13:32 PM
I was annoyed Kazin just tossed out premium channel's content as not relating to the point. The discovery that people who will by deep, witty, plot-heavy shows for the show (be it via DVD's or paid channel) and so you don't have to worry about commercials seems a really significant development in pop-culture.
Also, I get the impression that television quality is constantly improving this was, as viewers demand more realism. Be it high-culture or low, stuff today is currently less-guffawable than stuff in the 90's, which was less cheesy than stuff from the 80's, and don't even get started on stuff from the 70's.
Posted by: Tony V | Feb 16, 2007 3:22:35 PM
Is Kirchick actually a real live Peretz protege? Or is that just a meme that popped up because of their similiar views reL Israel/Jews?
Posted by: DRR | Feb 16, 2007 5:05:43 PM
NBC's got all the back episodes of Friday Night Lights up on its website. It's handy to be able to catch up without the extra 15 minutes of commercials per episode. Also, a year or so ago there was that Stephen Johnson book, "Everything Bad Is Good For You," about this precise trend in greater nuance and complexity in entertainment.
Posted by: Louie | Feb 16, 2007 5:57:55 PM
Kazin: The actors, none of whom has previously sniffed a leading role,
Ahem. Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor) was the star of "Early Edition" for four years.
Posted by: DonBoy | Feb 17, 2007 5:46:31 PM
Posted by: judy | Sep 26, 2007 12:05:11 PM
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