Name Calling is Such a Pathetic Form of Public Discource

Earning the Public Incivility Award this week is New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who wrote yesterday–in an article titled “GOP Stalinists Invade Upstate New York” (so he’s shares the award with the copy editor wrote the headline):

“The right has devolved into a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama.”

In the column he calls conservatives:

–Jacobins
–in full “tea party” drag
–whiny
–Stalinists

I intensely disagree with Rich, but that’s not the point here. His sophomoric use of name calling and snide scarcasm weakens rather than strengthens his arguments. I’ve seen more artful opinion pieces in the local throw-away.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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