Help Wanted

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on December 7, 2016

Help Wanted

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at The Wall Street Journal written by the editor, James Taranto.

Help Wanted
“Gun-Brandishing Man Sought to Investigate Fake News Story Site, Police Say”—headline, CNN, Dec. 5

Petering Out
The Daily Wire notices another liberal, this time a moderately prominent one, who doesn’t seem to be taking the election well. Peter Beinart, a writer for the Atlantic best known as a harsh critic of Israel, tweeted Sunday: “Annual Beinart holiday card. Photo: two radiant children. Caption: F— You America.” Only his tweet had letters in place of the hyphens.

Some took offense, including Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who replied: “Despicable. This proud immigrant & new U.S. citizen says: God bless America and forgive those who speak like this.” (The “new U.S. citizen” is Dubowitz, not Beinart, who is natural-born.)

Beinart replied to Dubowitz: “1) it’s a joke. 2) tell me what u did (+ are doing) to stop Trump before lecturing me about patriotism.” Things change so quickly: When George W. Bush was president, dissent was patriotic. Then Barack Obama made dissent unpatriotic. Now Trump is making assent unpatriotic! Beinart is right, it is a joke.

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