In Defense Of Matt K. Lewis

27Mar12
Matt K. Lewis has written a very interesting piece regarding punditry and political journalism.  His key point is how there need to be more adults in political punditry and less “shock value” or, as he calls them, peacocks.
From Lewis:
Still, one must conclude that the dearth of leaders willing to stand athwart the blowhards, yelling “stop!” — has contributed to the mess. Not everyone has the credibility to attempt to put smart and famous people in their place. But surely someone does (or did.)
I’m currently obsessed with the now-defunct TV show, “Friday Night Lights.’ In the series, the fictional Coach Eric Taylor loves his team, but demands high standards from them. Despite the constant stream of drama and ethical dilemmas he must overcome, if one of his players gets out of line, the coach lets them know it. Conservatism has no such leader today.

It’s generated a wide variety of response. Supporters, like Erick Erickson, say pundits need to be more educated on what they talk about. A very well thought out rebuttal by John Sexton says peacocks are good and “are freedom.”

Sexton is right in his assessment. Certainly places like Drudge, Breitbart, HuffPost, Daily Caller and Gawker wouldn’t exist if people weren’t willing to take risks and put themselves out there for all to see. But Lewis’ main point is the need for more “adults” in conservatism.

I look at it as someone having an editor or someone they can bounce their ideas off of. At least for me, a sounding board has helped me in putting muddled thoughts into coherent ideas. It might not be the leader Lewis is looking for, but it certainly is a start and can help. Sometimes “peacocks” need to be given direction. Even if it hurts.

Ultimately, though, the decision to be an “adult” lies with the writers themselves. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.



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