Monday, March 08, 2021


Christopher Buskirk, a conservative who's a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, has an op-ed in the Times today. In it, he argues that the child allowance in the COVID relief bill is a good idea that appeals to many younger conservatives.

My problem isn't with the op-ed itself. It's with the fact that the Times continues to employ Buskirk.

Buskirk is the editor and publisher of American Greatness. If a minimal standard for respectability is the belief that Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election, American Greatness spectacularly fails the test. In the post-election period, it repeatedly published pieces alleging significant electoral irregularities, with headlines such as "The Prima Facie Case for Fraud," "Rudy Giuliani Blasts Governor Kemp and Other Top Officials in Georgia for Election Fraud Cover-Up," "Fraud-Heavy States Ready Alternative Electors for Certification," and "DOJ Researcher Releases Study Indicating Massive Election Fraud in Georgia and Pennsylvania" (the "DOJ researcher" was a serial deceiver named John Lott, who's built a career on extraordinarily dishonest pro-gun advocacy disguised as research). American Greatness recently published a piece in which Michael Anton denounced Andrew Sullivan for, in Anton's view, unfairly insisting that Anton acknowledge the legitimacy of the election.

American Greatness regularly publishes Gavin Wax, who's been described by The Forward as a "budding white nationalist."
Since October, 2018, he has been listed as a partner in the Yorkville Group, a political consultancy firm whose founder bragged about advising the anti-Muslim, Nazi-sympathizing German political party Alternative fur Deutschland....

Also in October, 2018, Wax also called the Proud Boys ... a “patriotic fraternal group who like America and beer,” in an American Thinker article.
(That article was titled "We Are All Proud Boys Now.")

At American Greatness, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic is regularly referred to as the "Chinese coronavirus," at a time when anti-Asian attacks are skyrocketing. Last March, Ned Ryun, a senior fellow at American Greatness, tweeted, "Anyone who refuses to call this the Wuhan Virus or Chinese Coronavirus is helping the Communists’ attempts to rewrite history."

And then there's the random nastiness -- the 2019 piece about Alexander Vindman, a witness against Donald Trump in his first impeachment, in which the military officer was called "Lt. Col. Polly PrissyPants" and described as a "prissy little princess" and a "butt-hurt" "little snitch" who "sassed" Devin Nunes and was offered a job in the Ukraininan government because he had "an 'open for business' sign flashing." Or this one, posted on Friday:
In light of the swirling vortex of destructive leftist partisanship demonstrated in the first month of Joe Biden’s regime, let us now annotate the words of aviation hero-turned-Lincoln Project lackey Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger [please genuflect], regarding the new president of the United States.

“Leadership is not just about sitting in the pilot’s seat.”

That’s true. But exactly who is sitting in the pilot’s seat? Joe Biden, when he isn’t manifesting the traits of senility?

Kamala, “Fwee-dom” Harris, former “little girl on the school bus”-turned-Willie Brown paramour, now chatting solo with world leaders?

... C’mon Sully, tell us. Who is flying this thing? Who, for sure, has hands on the yoke and throttle of the United States government? Shoot, now even Democrats want to take the nuclear “football” away from Vertigo Joe.
(As I told you a couple of weeks ago, the Democratic effort to take sole control of the nuclear "football" away from the president is a long-standing project of a few Democrats and is not specifically aimed at a supposedly "senile" President Biden.)

Oh, and how about the piece posted yesterday, in which Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's response to the January 6 Capitol riot, and efforts to encourage other members of Congress to tell their stories of the riot, was denounced under the headline "AOC’s Coven of Spitting, #MeFirst Cobras"?

The man who published all that is still considered respectable by The New York Times. NPR used to feel the same, but Buskirk appears not to have shown up on NPR's airwaves since 2019. C'mon, Times, what are you waiting for? Why haven't you dumped Buskirk?

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