Big media uptake

by Chris Bertram on August 16, 2004

Nick Cohen, “writing in the New Statesman”: cites “my post on John Laughland”: and his views from the other week. (Thanks to “Chris Brooke”: for letting me know.)



Backword Dave 08.16.04 at 1:14 pm

You might be interested in the comments on Mick Hartley’s blog.


Chris Bertram 08.16.04 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Dave. I’m afraid that MH’s is one of those sites where anyone who doesn’t sign up for the whole swivel-eyed MelanieP/Instapundit programme is an “enemy of freedom” and consigned to the Counterpunch/Chomsky camp. We’re a bit more selective and nuanced with our likes and dislikes over here!


Backword Dave 08.16.04 at 2:26 pm

Ah, Chris, that’s not true. Both James Hamilton and Mick have been good enough to link to me, and I’m a long way from the MelanieP/Instapundit camp. Mick also has some very good stuff on Sudan and the situation in Iraq. I often disagree with him, but he’s not barking.

I found the comments amusing. I’d have stuck up for you if I could have thought of something pithy to say.

I think that James’s point was that Nick Cohen was pro-invasion and CT was largely against. When he singled you out, he seems not to have been aware of that, given that he’s spent quite a lot of bile on what Harry calls ‘Stoppers’ himself.


Ophelia Benson 08.16.04 at 4:11 pm

Yeah I saw that big media uptake when I linked to the NS article Saturday via Normblog – and I was way impressed. Especially since Cohen cited it as useful original research. I simply assumed you knew about it or I would have let you know (and thus that would be my name in the parenthesis and you would have known about it two days ago). Anyway, hurrah!


John Kozak 08.16.04 at 10:05 pm

“big” media? Doesn’t CT have more readers than the Staggers (seriously)?

Good to see Nick Cohen still trudging along in Paul Johnson’s footsteps.


dsquared 08.16.04 at 11:39 pm

I must say that the ignoble thought did occur in my mind that it was a bit rich for someone to write in the NS about how anything else was on its last legs and had no real point to it any more.


John Quiggin 08.17.04 at 1:02 pm

This piece was reprinted in today’s Melbourne Age, but abridged, and without mention of Chris’ post.


harry 08.17.04 at 4:53 pm

Since john kozak mentions the great man, does anyone remember the wonderful piece Hitchens once wrote about Paul Johnson? Its in one of his Verso collections, and he’s never written a wittier, more brutal character assassination (and that’s saying soemthing). Are these anti-anti-war leftists also ditching other left-wing commitments? It looks like it from Cohen, but I’ve not followed Hitchens well enough to tell.


Ophelia Benson 08.17.04 at 5:34 pm

I think so, vaguely. I’ll have to find it. I have his collections. Hitchens certainly hasn’t given up his commitment to, er, disadmiring Kissinger, at any rate.

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