Why Is Gerard Alexander Such An Asshole?

I am not sure if I even got a The Washington Post on Sunday. If I did, it was buried in snow. So I was only recently made aware of the abomination the newspaper printed, via Media Matters for America.

Gerard Alexander, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, wrote an opinion piece titled “Why are liberals so condescending?” It is a stunning work of art.

Gerard begins:

Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration.

Yeah? So?

It’s an odd time for liberals to feel smug. But even with Democratic fortunes on the wane, leading liberals insist that they have almost nothing to learn from conservatives.

Gerard. Buddy. There’s nothing conservative about American conservatives anymore. Barry Goldwater would have been tossed out on his ass in Minneapolis and called a “faggot,” and I daresay that your vaunted Ronald Raygun would be made to wear a funny hat and sit in a corner. Your folks aren’t “conservatives” anymore. They’re “lunatics.”

Many Democrats describe their troubles simply as a PR challenge, a combination of conservative misinformation—as when Obama charges that critics of health-care reform are peddling fake fears of a “Bolshevik plot”

Um…they’re not?

I could continue, I suppose, but that’s not the point. The point is, actually, that The Washington Post is a piece of shit of a newspaper.

First there were the “salons,” when it was exposed that the paper was planning on selling access to editors and reporters and other luminaries. Then, it published a piece by an obviously biased source as news. And now, as it turns out, WaPo actively sought out this piece of shit opinion column by Gerard Alexander.

What the hell is going on over there?

2 thoughts on “Why Is Gerard Alexander Such An Asshole?”

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  2. Now Gerard Alexander takes his “opinion” to the NYT, claiming Jon Stewart to be “saint of liberal smugness”. Gerard criticizes Stewart for failing to live up to his “responsibility” to “purge a particular smugness from our discourse”. As “evidence”, he claims without citing any authority, that “liberals, but not conservatives, believe there is an … asymmetry in American politics”. In essence, Gerard wants liberals to recognize the equal merit of all conservative views, and it is up to Jon Stewart to champion that cause.

    Gerard is the champion of false equivalency. My chief regret is that Gerard is identified as an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia, my alma mater. Gerard is more appropriately identified as Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, as that gives his “opinions” proper context.

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