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Timothy Egan writes a guest column in the NY Times in which he whines that Joe the Plumber got published. He starts off the article saying "I don't want you writing books," and goes on to rip the plumber to shreds, rhetorically.

And yeah, I'm not going to buy the guy's book, but... who is Timothy Egan, anyway? The "about the author" section for this column just says "Maureen Dowd is off today." Hm, looks like he's written some books, or something. What were his credentials before his first book was published, anyway?

No true progressive tells someone "I don't want you writing books." Grr.

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yakshaver
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
I'll just point out that on top of your point, he's stupid. Writing about the book, regardless of what you say, gives it publicity. And there's no such thing as bad publicity. If he were smart, he'd have ignored it.

(Remember The Bell Curve? I read it precisely because of such shrill and vitriolic attacks from people who claimed to be liberals. I doubt I, or 99% of the rest of its readers, would even have heard of it otherwise.)
firstfrost
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
people who claimed to be liberals

Surely a liberal who makes an ill-advised tactical choice is still a liberal?

(Or are you actually claiming that the people claiming to be liberals were conservatives in liberal disguise intentionally getting press for the book?)
yakshaver
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Some of the rhetoric was barely this side of burn this book, and much of it essentially came down to people should not discuss the issues this book raises. I consider that illiberal.

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