I know it is widely assumed that the Washington Post has no editorial standards whatsoever, but you have to give the Kaplan Daily pundits full credit when it comes to shivving a “colleague” who no longer shares the protection of the corporatist aristocracy at whose pleasure the Media Village Idiots serve. Howard Kurtz adds his keen courtier insights to the sad case of David Frum’s expulsion from wingnut-welfare Eden:
… Frum made clear, in a letter to AEI President Arthur C. Brooks, that his departure after seven years as a resident fellow at the conservative think tank was not voluntary. “I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute,” he wrote, “and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship.”
In a brief interview, Frum said “there was no suggestion by AEI” that his sharp criticism of the GOP’s health-care strategy was the reason for his dismissal. He declined to say what Brooks told him.
“They invited me to remain associated with AEI on a non-salaried basis,” Frum said, and he declined.
Bruce Bartlett, another conservative scholar who has been at odds with the right, wrote that Frum told him AEI staffers “had been ordered not to speak to the media” about health care “because they agreed with too much of what Obama was trying to do. . . . The donor community is only interested in financing organizations that parrot the party line.”
While Frum was hanging his hat at AEI, the organization had to share his services with other outside ventures, including his Web site, his books, his frequent television appearances and his column for the Week magazine and Canada’s National Post.
Highlights mine. Imagine the insult, for a committed professional glibertarian, of being invited to give away one’s brilliant insights! Second only to the insult, for a professional “communicator”, of being labelled as the corporatist equivalent of a nymphomaniac prostitute!