Friday, August 13, 2010
James Fallows responds to the criticism of his support of Jeffrey Goldberg without addressing the central issue: do we continue to listen to, trust and respect people who have lied to us and have ignored their errors? Instead he discusses the feasibility of attacking Iran. As he did with Megan McArdle, Fallows disagrees with his fellow Atlantic bloggers without acknowledging their bad faith. He is using his authority to cover up their dishonest actions, and it will only hurt him in the end. It does not matter at all what he is defending--his friends, his co-workers, or his job. He looked the other way and that's not something that a decent man can easily live with--although repetition might be making it easier.