Craziest Op-Ed Ever?

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I just read what I think is the single worst op-ed I have ever read in my life — not at all because I disagree with the substance (which I do) but because it is convoluted beyond anything I’ve seen in policy commentary before. I can’t believe the Washington Times, which actually does run very good pieces on occasion, ran the piece.
The piece is by actor Jon Voight — who I sort of admired from a far for the last 30 years. I used to see him nearly every morning eating at the Good Earth restaurant in Westwood/Los Angels with two of his movie production and writing pals, and I guess I thought beneath the capable acting there was a smart, lucid guy.
He is estranged from his daughter Angelina Jolie — and I guess we see a little bit of why. He must think she’s a raving socialist given the tenor of the article.
I’d be interested in folks’ thoughts on the other really, really bad opeds that have been published. The zingers.
My respect for New York Times oped editor David Shipley — who did a ‘revise and resubmit‘ on a piece by John McCain — just went even higher.
— Steve Clemons

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9 comments on “Craziest Op-Ed Ever?

  1. John A. Smith says:

    It is hardly surprising that a left winger would not like Voigt’s op-ed. Can you site anything written by a conservative that was critical of Obama that you’ve praised? I can dismiss you as easily as you dismiss Voigt.

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  2. Mr.Murder says:

    …and he’s rewarded for the Op-Ed with wonderful twins.
    Gumpy ol’ grampa is set in his ways and views…

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  3. Mr.Murder says:

    The Rudy badge he’s wearing says it all.
    Whatever happens, it’s certainly good new for Rudy Guiliani….

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  4. paulo says:

    can’t they afford editors?

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  5. bdbd says:

    He sounds like the character he played in Holes….

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  6. Ben Rosengart says:

    OK, I’ll bite. Here is my nominee for worst op-ed ever. It’s
    cogent, concise, and supports its arguments with facts. So it may
    have power to shift opinions — which, given how completely
    misguided it is, makes it much more dangerous and alarming
    than Mr. Voight’s foolish screed.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/08/opinion/08baker.html

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  7. Bill Scheinman says:

    One of the things that turns children into adults is the capacity of not necessarily believing everything their teachers tell them, but to test their ideas in the marketplace of life. Mr. Voight, I’m afraid, is a very angry man.

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