There’s a rumble in Brooklyn. Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel snagged the equivalent of a lefty book award when a Wall Street Journal editor announced he was tossing it in the trash can. Then big-brand liberal Eric Alterman, who should be Max’s fellow traveler, called Mr. Blumenthal naïve and juvenile and nominated his book to the “Hamas Book of the Month Club.”
The Slate music critic Jody Rosen has a simple question: "In purely statistical terms, do the articles in the Montgomery County Bulletin amount to the greatest plagiarism scandal in the annals of American journalism?"
You might ask: The Bulletin? What’s that? Also, why is Jody Rosen participating in media reporting?
Well, the Read More
On more bit of reaction from the Hillary side last night:
I asked Sidney Blumenthal, a senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton who has been a lot more visible since she lost Iowa, whether or not the win made the argument for her to put more emphasis her personality instead of leading with policy differences Read More
In sandals and open shirts, with earrings, poor posture, black jeans and mumbling plummy accents, a bunch of English journalists shuffled into the New School University on July 24 to remind their coalition partners what it is to be a journalist.
The last British invasion of American journalism, over a decade ago, schooled us in Read More
As anyone who has written a book about American politics in recent years can confirm, many members of Washington’s celebrity press corps suffer from an irremediable attention deficit. Their memories are short, their concern for context and nuance is null, and their capacity for detail is nil. Their appetite for gossip and spectacle, however, remains Read More
The Clinton Wars , by Sidney Blumenthal. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 822 pages, $30.
Only a few chapters into Sidney Blumenthal’s extraordinary account of the Clinton Presidency, it dawned on me what the book reminded me of. I wonder why it took me so long. It’s not that I am unused to Sidney’s prose, Read More
It seems counterintuitive, in a business driven by buzz, that one of the most cutting-edge weapons in a publisher’s arsenal depends on not letting people talk about-or even read-their books in advance. It’s called the embargo, and it’s looking like a pretty good strategy right now. It was used on two current best-sellers: Queen Noor’s Read More
Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline , by Richard A. Posner. Harvard University Press, 408 pages, $29.95.
The goofy centerpiece of this book is a
series of 10 tables ranking and sorting the top 500 or so public intellectuals by mentions in the media, on the Web and in scholarly work. Richard A. Posner, a Read More
No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton , by Christopher Hitchens. Verso, 122 pages, $19.
Christopher Hitchens’ last-minute appearance in the impeachment drama was thrilling if only for his open denim shirt and hairy chest, his cursed and boozy Richard Burton sex appeal. Here at last was someone from the Read More
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make swear out affidavits. So Christopher Hitchens, the Oxonian wit gone Washingtonian witless by ratting on his erstwhile friend Sidney Blumenthal, has perhaps done us a favor by reminding the huge circle of his ex-friends–along with the many interested passers-by, staring at what Mr. Hitchens has wrought like Read More