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