The only thing separating Ezra Klein from David Broder at this point is six feet of dirt.
On the other hand, even if the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend, I’d still like to think that the enemy of both New Republic/David Brooks and Politico/Scarborough (or both Mike Gerson and Chuck Lane) is certainly my friend. But maybe not, as Tim F points out with Nate Silver:
I get why you would hire a guy like Pielke – breezy contrarianism fits the house brand and will certainly generate a lot more site traffic than same-oldy bad news written at a higher reading level by people who do know what they are talking about. It is a good business decision. I just wish it did not, you know, matter.
The problem with hiring Ambrosino is not that Klein isn’t entitled to bring someone on board whose views the gay community finds distasteful. It’s that Ambrosino’s quick rise to notoriety—and now, his ticket aboard the profession’s hottest new upstart—is an object lesson in the way new media equates click-bait contrarianism with serious thought and gives hacks a platform in the name of ideological balance.
If you think that you can’t turn Slatepitches and even-the-liberal-New-Republic into Very Serious Infographics, you’re in for a big surprise.
Meet the new wonks, same as the Villagers.