Skip to comments.Salon Screeches Intellectual Ad Hominems in Smear of Beck, Horowitz, and Conservatism
Posted on 09/21/2009 8:37:18 PM PDT by HorowitzianConservative
A really satisfying, engaging intellectual discussion is like a symphony. Each participant in a debate brings a different sound to an important project. One person puts forth an elegant flute rift, then another chimes in with some deeper notes on the tuba, then a third contributes on the clarinet. Each instrument is akin to a different ideological approach, life experience, or a new set of key facts. These different sounds all contribute to something far greater than the sum of their parts.
All except for one: the screeching, electric guitar feedback of those who blast ad hominem assaults into intellectual discussions. As soon as someone goes ad hominem and begins attacking a speaker instead of the speaker's ideas then the music is done. The noise has begun.
Such is the case in the debate over Glenn Beck. On the heels of the fairly even-handed (but still objectionable) Time cover story on Beck the "progressive" online magazine Salon has unleashed a far more devious, horrific assault on this new symbol of the Right.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...
Beggars can't be choosers, Salon has to hire second stringers to write screed. If that is Ad hominem, tough.
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