Complicating World Views
Ya know, if the current resident of the Oval Office had talked about visiting all 57 States in America or had momentarily slipped up by complaining that we didn’t have enough Arabic translators in non-Arabic speaking Afghanistan, I do believe the Daily Show and Colbert Report would have been all over it.
But when He Who Is Change does it? Nahhhhh. I mean, c’mon, he’s a good guy and isn’t the same kind of inherently evil, yet pathologically numb doofus that currently sits in the White House, right? Besides, you agree with The Prince. If you don’t agree with someone, then it goes without saying that a simple difference of opinion ain’t enough: they must also be evil and stupid and a poopy-pants. Right?
Some of the media elite have found that Karl Rove in his new role as a commentator is, to their apparent astonishment, a pretty good guy. Rove is now a FOX News contributor and also writes for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. The New York Times quotes Newsweek editor Jon Meacham as saying the former Bush political strategist is getting positive reviews from the staff.
The Times writes, “Mr. Meacham said Mr. Rove had been received surprisingly well in the magazines newsroom, where he has been a reliable colleague who files his articles on time and works diligently with fact checkers.
After one editor dealt with him, Mr. Meacham said, “The editor called me and said, ‘This just complicated my world view. I may like Karl Rove.'”
Imagine that: you can disagree with someone and still think they’re an OK person. Or, you can like someone and still call them out when they make mistakes. How very…nuanced.