Nonsense On Stilts: “New York Times” Editor Hangs Up When I Play “Dixie,” Says This Means I Support The Right To Own Slaves! — Part I.
Yep, that’s what happened at the end of my interview with Sam Tanenhaus, author of the new book, “The Death Of Conservatism” (Random House, 2009). Mr. T is, among other things, Editor of “The NYT Book Review” and of the Sunday “Week In Review” section.
In all honesty, however, I must admit that I was surprised that I, a mere mortal, was granted an audience with Tanenhaus. And I was even more more surprised that Mr. T lasted almost the entire hour without hanging up. Oh, well, it’s something to tell my grandchildren about, and their children: I was allowed to speak, and did speak, personally, live, to a “New York Times” editor!
In a subsequent program the next day (Tanenhaus II), I discussed, in detail, Mr. T’s hang-up and why I think he fibbed when he told me, re: his politics, that he was just a middle-of-the-road centrist — a statement which, had Mr. T been Pinocchio when he uttered it, his nose would now be roughly the size of the Washington Monument.
John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com
Communications Director, Institute On The Constitution
Recovering Republican JLof@aol.com