What Would the Tea Party Look Like if It Were British, and Totally Different?

As a U.S. political columnist, the Washington Post‘s Anne Applebaum (“Britain’s Spot of Tea Party,” 4/27/10) might be excused for calling the Liberal Democratic Party “Britain’s historically insignificant third party”; historically speaking, it was actually one of Britain’s two major parties in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s Applebaum’s misunderstanding of the politics of her own country that’s harder to forgive. Applebaum’s column asks, “What would the Tea Party movement look like if it were British”–and the answer is, like the Liberal Democrats, as embodied by candidate Nick Clegg. Presumably it’s not his support for immigration or his […]


‘You Can’t Write These Things About People You Respect’

Amy Wilentz has a strong critique of the media in her column in the new issue of the Nation (2/8/10). Starting with the New York Times‘ David Brooks (1/15/10; see FAIR Blog, 1/15/10), she demolishes his facile comparison of Haiti and Barbados (“Why is Haiti so poor? Well, it has a history of oppression, slavery and colonialism. But so does Barbados, and Barbados is doing pretty well”) and then moves on: Brooks goes on to discuss the Haitian family, seemingly basing his argument on a book by Lawrence Harrison, a conservative cultural critic who also knows nothing about Haiti. “Child-rearing […]