You remember Jeffrey Goldberg, right?
Neocon war pimp?
Ring any bells?
...So imagine my complete lack of surprise when, during the course of my research on David Brooks' latest embarrassment to the journalistic profession (Topic: Wisconsin. Mr. Brooks' conclusion: "A vote to keep Walker won’t be an antiunion vote." and a recall of Scott Walker "...will remove any hope this country might have of avoiding a fiscal catastrophe.". No kidding. He really says that.) -- I open my "New York" magazine today to find this waiting for me (emphasis added):
First consider this short, ugly recap of the history of Jeffrey Goldberg (from Glenn Greenwald/Salon in 2010):
The Jeffrey Goldberg Media
BY GLENN GREENWALD
So...whatever else Mr. Goldberg might be, he is also a smearmonger and war pimp.
“I’m just writing stuff down that I think and report” is how [Jeffrey Goldeberg] describes himself to me when we meet one recent afternoon at an outdoor plaza near the Watergate, where The Atlantic has its offices. Goldberg is, in fact, as much of an operator as Beinart may hope to be (Goldberg’s Torah study group in Washington includes David Brooks, David Gregory, and former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk).
When you wonder for the 1,000th time why these awful, awful asshole occupy positions of such outsized and destructive influence in our media, remember always that there is a Club.
And that you are not in it.