Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
The author argues that America's relationship with the world has always developed alongside a tension within our polity: we're a self-interested people like any other and convinced that we must live up to our founding ideals.
A conservative writer asserts that American newspapers are "silent" on honor killings, calling the issue "an especially ugly manifestation of how their news instincts have been castrated by political correctness." As it turns out, he is wrong.