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Friday, July 25, 2003

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

The editorial page of yesterday's Washington Post, whom one colleague of mine referred to as "The Daily Worker," had five syndicated columns.

Four of them were by conservatives. (To be specific, Robert Novak, George Will, William Kristol, and Robert Samuelson, though this particular Samuelson column happened to have little in the way of obvious political slant.) The lone "liberal" voice was of Richard Cohen, and of course even he has views in lockstep with neo-conservatives on affirmative action and on Israel - though neither of those were the subject of yesterday's column.

It's not that I can't stand to read the opposing point of view necessarily.


In the few cases I have bothered to come across the editoral pages of self-described "conservative" newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Manchester Union-Leader), I have yet to see any column by anyone from the center, let alone the "left," in the editorial pages. And usually it's writers so strident that they'd make Will, Novak, and Charles Krauthammer blush.

It's as if they can't stand to hear any point of view they aren't immediately disposed to agree with.


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