Jon Chait on Juan Cole's Mania

Chait has a very good time at Juan Cole's expense:

Cole begins by invoking a type -- "People like Goldberg" - that he declines to define. He proceeds to accuse Goldberg of failing to state his view of the Palestinian question -- which, as we'll see, is like accusing Jonathan Cohn of failing to state his view of the American health care system. He then produces a metaphor that sounds like something out of a hallucinogenic Monty Python cartoon - "militant ostriches"? - before making the baseless claim that Goldberg has called him a bigot. (Goldberg hasn't, though I'm sure one of the "People like Goldberg" has.) Cole then begins free associating about Avigdor Lieberman, either in some attempt to link Lieberman's views with Goldberg's without quite saying so, or to make the point that Cole can't be a bigot because Lieberman is, or possibly because he got started on the topic of Zionists he doesn't like and couldn't stop himself.
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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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