Bill Keller has a meandering column that makes a good point: the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal undermines faith in a free press. This isn’t so different from the way in which Republican obstruction undermines faith in government. Or, ever more perversely, the way Jennifer Rubin argues that the right-wing terror attack in Norway is evidence that we need more right-wing security procedures.
This is what scares me most, sometimes, that right-wingers in government will turn the populace into government-fearing glibertarians, that their absurd forays into pseudo-journalism will awaken the Putin in all of us, that their outbursts of violence will lead to a police state, that their xenophobic hatred will lead to more tribal conflict. Then they’ll get their wish, rule by secretive, unaccountable plutocrats who start wars all over the world and deprive citizens of basic civil rights. I can’t claim that all, or even most, conservatives want all of this, but that is what people like Jennifer Rubin and Erick Erickson want, you know.