McMegan’s written another 3000 worder in favor affirmative action for conservatives in academia. What I find galling is that she herself is in a profession — establishment media — with among the most extreme systemic ideological biases of any profession I am aware of. Jay Rosen has written about this before.
I’d like to focus on one issue in particular that Rosen does not touch on: the Iraq War and the fact that the overwhelming majority of people who blog at the Atlantic were for it. Here’s a rough list (since I am arguing with McMegan here, I don’t feel the need to research this too carefully, so there could be a few who expressed opinions that I am leaving out): Yglesias, Douthat, McArdle herself, Crook (Deputy editor of the strongly pro-war Economist at the time), Sully, and Jeff Goldberg were all for it. I’m guessing Fallows and TNC said things opposing it, though I am not sure. That’s six to two (I’m including “opinion” bloggers, not straight reporters), so 75%, not so different from the percentage of academics who vote Democrat.
The Atlantic situation on the war is a bit worse than the numbers tell. Sullivan was extremely strident about the war, Megan spoke in favor beating war protesters with 2×4’s, Goldberg wrote some of the worst pre-war propaganda, Yglesias supported the war (at the time) despite “being liberal”. In almost all cases, except possibly Douthat, their support for the war far exceeded what one might expect, given their general political predilections: libertarians were not uniformly gung-ho about the war, liberals were generally against it, and, well, hardly anyone was as explicit about calling anti-war people traitors as Andrew Sullivan was.
I doubt that this is a coincidence. This is a lot worse than the supposed “bias” McMegan talks about in academia, it’s a case of people being promoted specifically because of their political beliefs. McArdle writes:
we have a lot more people writing for us than you’ve named
Sure, plenty of straight reporter types, whose thoughts on the matter have never been expressed publicly, not many who writes opinions. That’s how it works .