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From: Martin Kelly (e-mail him)
Re: Paul Gottfried's Column: Buy Making Sense Of The American Right
Professor Gottfried asks:
"...Why, even at a time when the liberal news media has begun to pounce on W and his dying administration, does it continues to feature neoconservative columnists in the national press and on TV talk programs—honors that it would never conceivably extend to paleoconservatives or paleolibertarians, even though they fully share the Left's distaste for the war in Iraq? "
The answer to Gottfried's question is straightforward. In "mainstream" journalism, as in many other walks of life, it's often who, not what, you know that gets you ahead.
Would the so-called conservative luminary, nay visionary, Jonah Goldberg ever have had a column if his mother hadn't been a journalist before him?
The families of 3,000 dead Americans surely want the answers they'll never get to those questions.
But in the meantime, three cheers for the Internet, free thought's last refuge.