Reviewing Frank Rich
Former entertainment critic Frank Rich thought he’d be a good political opiner for the NYT, and it’s time he gets a dose of his own medicine after this beaut, The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged
Here are the reviews:
Yes, just as predicted here and here more than a week ago, the former Butcher of Broadway indulges in one of his typical smear-by-association campaigns, and implausibly links Stack (who quoted from the Communist Manifesto in his suicide note) to the Right, instead of to the Left.
Rich has demonstrated at least twice now in the past five months, nobody is better at working the Memory Hole than the Gray Lady.
Of course, there is no prominent conservative whom Rich hasn’t similarly smeared in the 16 years since he forsook theater criticism for political commentary.
So, less than a year ago, Rich saw this movement as clearly anti-Obama. But now that the Tea Parties have indeed become a powerful force, the Times columnist views them as being almost equally opposed to Republicans as they are the current White House resident.
But the winner among the reviewers is John Hindraker’s article, Who’s obsessed and deranged?, which must be read in its entirety but starts with,
Frank Rich of the New York Times retired as a drama critic in order to take up his new role as the paper’s full-time drama queen. As an op-ed columnist for the Times, his assignment, apparently, is to write in such a hysterical fashion that Paul Krugman seems rational by comparison.
Go read it all.