Jay Nordlinger

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  • “Fucking Insane”: Conservative Journalists Criticize Trump’s Praise Of Saddam Hussein

    Blog ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said during a July 5 speech that while former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was a “really bad guy,” he was “so good” at killing terrorists, in part because his regime “didn’t read them their rights.”

    Several conservative journalists promptly criticized Trump, with Commentary’s John Podhoretz calling him “fucking insane” and pointing out that Hussein’s Iraq was actually a state sponsor of terrorism.

    Trump’s general ignorance of foreign policy and world events has been noted by pundits across the political spectrum.

  • Right-Wing Media Invent Controversy Over Pianist's Performance At State Dinner

    ››› ››› SEAN EASTER

    Right-wing media have seized on the performance of a Chinese song by pianist Lang Lang at a recent state dinner as an "anti-American" slight against the U.S. In reality, Lang said he picked the song "for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody," and one expert on Chinese culture called it "nutty" to suggest that Lang's performance was somehow "anti-American."

  • Nothing Demonstrates The Christmas Spirit Like Telling A Few Petty Lies

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    I know, I said I try to ignore this "war on Christmas" nonsense, but National Review's Jay Nordlinger apparently took my prediction that Armstrong Williams had written the dumbest passage of the week as a challenge.

    Here's Nordlinger:

    Some have said, "You just can't find cards that say 'Merry Christmas.' It gets harder and harder." I know. Kind of like trying to find products not made in China (for who's to say whether they come from laogai, the gulag?). I gave up on the China front long ago. Shameful, I know. But have you ever tried to buy an umbrella not made in China? Also, globalization has done wonders for the average Chinese, gulag or no gulag. Kind of a thorny, upsetting issue.

    I gave up on the "Merry Christmas" front too, where cards are concerned. I just get a pretty card that says "Seasons Greetings" or "Whass Happenin' on the Holidays?" or whatever. Life's too short to hunt down "Merry Christmas."

    Now: What is the most famous greeting card maker in the world? Hallmark, right? So upon reading of Nordlinger's struggles hunting down a card reading "Merry Christmas," I typed www.hallmark.com into my browser, and within seven seconds was looking at dozens and dozens of Christmas cards.

    Seven seconds.

    I do not believe Jay Nordlinger is actually too dumb to be able to find greeting cards reading "Merry Christmas." I think it's far more likely that Jay Nordlinger is the kind of person who would lie about how hard it is to find such a card in hopes of stoking culture-war resentment.

    Isn't it great that we have people like Jay Nordlinger to remind us what Christmas is all about -- by telling lies and encouraging anger and resentment and strife? I'd like to send Nordlinger a card in recognition of his efforts, but it really is hard to find one reading "Stop lying."