Jay Fitzgerald hits the nail right on the head with regards to what’s wrong with conservative journalism today:
Here’s a dirty little secret about modern conservativism, as gleaned by yours truly while devouring National Review, American Spectator etc. during my brief hard-core conservative stint in the ’80s: Many conservative pundits and intellectuals have an inferiority complex when it comes to arguing with liberals. They know that liberals have an all-encompassing view of the world that provides them with ready-made put downs (accusations of fascism, McCarthyism etc.) — and for years that argumentative style infuriated conservatives to the point where the former publisher of National Review, William Rusher, wrote a book called ‘How to Win Arguments.’ For years, the book was heavily advertised in National Review — along with countless articles dwelling on conservative frustrations with getting around the arguments of liberals and their allied lackeys in the media. That debate-club compulsion to win arguments became part of the modern conservative mindset — with the ultimate debate-club tactic being to turn the tables on liberals, or ‘to fight fire with fire,’ as one conservative friend once put it to me.
As readers of this blog are aware (all three of them), I’ve long been a critic of the poor quality of conservative journalism when it comes to science. So Jay’s take comes as no surprise. (But he puts it better than I did….)