Monday, October 20, 2003

Some Context

Awhile back Democratic Congressman Jim Moran was almost condemned, and forced to step down from his (rather minor) leadership position, over these remarks:

"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this," Moran said, in comments first reported by the Reston Connection and confirmed by Moran. "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going and I think they should."

At the time Instapundit called it a "Trent Lott Moment for the Democrats." Of course, unlike Trent Lott who was demoted to the 4th or 5th most prestigious job in the senate, Moran was given the boot.

Compare this to the "get Easterbrook his old job back!" movement which he now seems to be spearheading.

Moran is an elected representative and Easterbrook is a journalist, so the two things aren't perfectly comparable. But, Easterbrook's comments were to me as bad as Moran's, and both of their subsequent apologies were also bad (Easterbrook's was worse). Easterbrook likely lost his job basically for criticizing the boss, and as I said previously this shows the dangers of big media consolidation. I have no real opinion on whether in some ideal world he should still have his ESPN gig, but in the real world you don't criticize your boss the way he did and keep the job. The Mouse is known for its sensitivity about anyone who dares tarnish their brand. But, in any case I find the rallying around him rather creepy.