Chunky David Brooks gingerly wades into the Battle of Levingrad:
Both politically and intellectually, American conservatism would be better off if Levin’s fans responded to Manzi’s post, not by objecting that he didn’t take “Liberty and Tyranny” seriously enough (he did take Levin’s arguments seriously, and that’s precisely why his criticisms were so scathing), but by saying “relax, it’s only entertainment.”
What a load of bullshit. Admittedly, I’m extreme, I get mad when people on Comedy Central don’t live up to high journalistic standards.
But being an “entertainer” is simply no excuse for not getting your facts right. Whether you’re writing for the Atlantic and the New York Times, hosting a comedic talk show, or just writing a blog no one reads, if you’re lying to your audience about important issues, you’re an asshole, and you deserve far worse than being excoriated by Jim Manzi.