THE SECRET TO SUCCESS
by Virginia Postrel • Jul 7, 2003 at 1:02 am
Andrew Sullivan discovers the downside of media plenitude. It rewards extreme rhetoric and sloppy factual claims.
Spinsanity makes a similar analogy, minus the explanation:
The analogy between Coulter and Moore is a telling one, but it misses an important disparity. Powerful liberal voices like the NYT tend to ignore Moore (though not as much as they ignore Noam Chomsky). But they find Coulter impossible to resist. She's a publicity magnet, because she confirms all their prejudices. Here's Frank Rich's latest reward for her rhetorical excesses. He not only panders to his readers' belief that conservatives are irresponsible idiots, but by doing so he confirms the prejudices of Coulter's readers as well. It's a perfect arrangement.
There is only one (partial) solution to this "impoverish[ment] of our political discourse." Just say no to reviews of and columns on stupid books. Discuss something more interesting. Easy advice to give. Hard to follow.
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