Nonsensical assertion of the day
Over at Commentary’s website, some person named J. E. Dyer opens a discussion on the Israeli settlement situation with a passing reference to “the generally left-leaning Economist,” which has endorsed George W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and David Cameron for the most important positions in the Western world. On the other hand, the publication also endorsed Bill Clinton and, more recently, Barack Obama, and has lately had particular occasion to praise the latter – for sending more troops to Afghanistan. It is a mysterious sort of arithmetic that would lead one to conclude from its record that The Economist is “generally left-leaning” unless one’s world view requires that it be so. Maybe the support of leftists is akin to having one black parent, which makes one black, I have noticed.