De-Kleining

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By Kathryn Comment

As unpopular as I expect Ed Klein to be these days, I’ll still admit surprise at the blog-like (aka, almost unprofessional) moments of snark in Salon‘s profile of the one-time NYT Mag editor.

One quick example to show you what I mean:

“I love being a reporter,” Klein told me over the phone. “That is the most fun thing in life.”

Maybe. But another fun thing is making money.

Elsewhere in the MSM: the WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan indulges in a more passive-aggressive approach to The Truth ABout Hillary. “Here is something good about the book,” Noonan asserts. “Klein treats Hillary as if she were a man.”

Remember the stories that said Dan Quayle was a cocaine salesman? That George W. Bush was a coke-sniffing, girl-chasing lush? That John F. Kennedy was a coke-sniffing, girl-chasing cynic? That Lyndon B. Johnson had a roving eye and held meetings with aides as he sat on the toilet? This is hard-guy politics: Run for office and we’ll throw everything we can that will stick and things that won’t stick too. Mr. Klein’s book is in this tradition. It treats Hillary as she has claimed she wants to be treated: not as a special case but like everyone else; not as a minority, not as a woman.

Right. Ra ra, equality. Next up on the feminist agenda: getting more women on Death Row.

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