Who’s Afraid of Bret Stephens?
This has nothing to do with facts. It is entirely due to his not being a liberal. "I have no interest in litigating the merits of Stephens’ first Times column. It could very well be garbage, as many columns by Safire and Kristol were. Most columnists—present company excluded—bend facts, cherry pick details, engage in logical sleight of hand, spin logical fallacies, appeal to pathos and engage in other rhetorical skulduggery to make their points. If we’re going to call for Stephens’ dismissal based on the alleged deficiencies in his Saturday column, let’s apply the same standard to other Times op-ed page residents—Roger Cohen, Nicholas Kristof, Paul Krugman, Gail Collins, Frank Bruni, Ross Douthat, David Brooks, Charles M. Blow, Thomas L. Friedman, Maureen Dowd and David Leonhardt. Let’s fact-check and peer review them, too. Fat chance of that happening."