More on firing Scheer
Here's what the new op-ed line-up at the L.A. Times now looks like: longtime columnist Patt Morrison, L.A. Weekly writer Erin Aubry Kaplan, Jonah Goldberg of the National Review and Tribune Media Services, Jonathan Chait of The New Republic, Meghan Daum of National Public Radio, Gregory Rodriguez of the New America Foundation, Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations, University of Virginia Law School professor Rosa Brooks, Harvard University professor Niall Ferguson, and Hollywood columnist Joel Stein. [LINK]
One theory is that the paper is going for bland over provocative by canning both Scheer and his sharply conservative colleague, cartoonist Michael Ramirez. But with empire-apologists like Ferguson, Boot, and Goldberg on the page, there should be no dearth of die-hard conservative viewpoints at least in matters of foreign policy. As Marc Cooper notes over on his blog:
The only hard-core political writers are conservatives: the extremely dull and excessively ideological Max Boot and the terribly annoying and gossamer-weight propagandist Jonah Goldberg (who by contrast, makes David Brooks seem one of the towering intellects of the modern era).
Oops, sorry. I forgot the New RepublicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jonathan Chait. Now, why would that be? For those who keep score, Chait is whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s known as neo-liberal i.e. someone barely inside the Democratic Party. [LINK]Guess this is what they call a free marketplace of ideas.