Kristof posts his Tweets on HIS blog, too. So there.

Admittedly, his are often more thoughtful and substantial, such as:

I had that very same thought when Cruz said that, but didn’t think to Tweet it. I don’t know why. Instead, I Tweeted this within one minute of what Kristof said:

Which is OK, but not as pointed, not as helpful, as what Kristof posted. Dang. And in retrospect, it was too soft on Cruz. What Rubio said a moment later, that not only had Cruz not helped the Navy; he was part of the problem, was way better. As were Kristof’s Tweets.

But even if they were better, he WAS using up a blog post to call attention to his Tweets — something I’ve been criticized for doing.

Of course, he wasn’t doing it instead of his thoughtful, well-crafted columns. It was in addition to. And yeah, I sometimes post Tweets as a substitute for extended commentary, when I don’t have time to write a real post. Under the theory that something is better than nothing.

But in my defense, I’ll say this: Kristof still gets paid to write those thoughtful columns. I do not. He doesn’t have to find time around his job to write them; they are his job.

And though I’m envious of that, I do appreciate his commentary on all levels, from Tweet to blog post to column.

Of course, there are people who won’t pay attention to what he says because he’s a liberal, and they think they are conservatives, and they’re thick enough to think that means they should not be exposed to his views. Such as the Trump supporter and member of Congress who wrote, “We could have written them for you before you started, my friend. The bias is simply that intense and unchangeable.” (At least he said “my friend.”)

Yep, Kristof is a pretty consistent liberal, which means I disagree with him frequently. But he’s the kind of liberal who posts such things as this:

… which means he is not only a talented observer, but an intellectually honest man who doesn’t reflexively dismiss what those on the “other side” have to contribute. And we should all listen to such people more.

2 thoughts on “Kristof posts his Tweets on HIS blog, too. So there.

  1. Harry Harris

    When I was a little kid, I wanted to join the marines to help the navy fight the army. What I didn’t realize was that they were fighting over money.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Well, at least you were on the right side.

      The Marine Corps was my first career choice, when I was 3 or 4. My Dad was on recruiting duty here in Columbia, and I think I was influenced by the posters I saw at his workplace. I also loved the Marines’ Hymn, one of the first songs I learned (although my FAVORITE song was “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” or maybe “Hound Dog”).

      Imagine my disappointment to grow up and learn that, because of my chronic asthma, not even the Army would take me…. 🙂

      The smiley face was for any soldiers reading this… Just kidding, doggies…


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