"Everyone goes hysterical over two or three sentences. Private organizations can deal with, private businesses can fire people, I suppose."
-- William Kristol, about racist statements by Donald Sterling.
What it's clear at this point in life that William Kristol likes to consider himself wise and an expert on most everything, the one tiny detail he conveniently overlooks in his defense against over-reaction about racism is that Donald Sterling OWNS this private enterprise. It's not even that he's president of it. He owns the team.
But then, at this point in life, after hearing William Kristol be so wrong about so many things, so wrong about the Iraq War, so wrong about elections, so wrong and wrong so often when he speaks, it shouldn't be surprising here. And yet ABC keeps having him back on this show This Week to spout his opinions, as he did on Sunday.
For those not keeping a scorecard, let's refresh our memory on just a bare few things Mr. Kristol has been intensely wrong about. ON NPR's Fresh Air he dismissed concerns of fundamentalist law being created in Iraq, saying "There's been almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular." Except for the 800 years of religious fighting between Sunnis and Shias. Or when he said, ""Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary. I’ll predict that right now." This is worse bombastic prognostication than a conniving carnival barker. Or when he was promoting the early days of the Iraq War, William Kristol wrote, "But the war itself will clarify who was right and who was wrong about weapons of mass destruction." In fairness, it did just that -- Mr. Kristol was wrong. No doubt he's still looking for the WMDs. Or that he kept famously writing things like, "American and alliance forces will be welcomed in Baghdad as liberators."
It's not that William Kristol is so often wrong. It's that he's so often so gut-wrenchingly wrong.
The other day I said that it was proper for the media to discuss this topic about Donald Sterling, no matter how obvious it was. What I didn't say is that everything they discussed had to be smart.
Earlier in the This Week show, for instance, William Kristol showed his deep and great insight on the same topic by saying --
"Deeds matter more than speeches I don't think the LA Clippers are a bigoted organization. There's no evidence of that."
Actually, no one is complaining that the LA Clippers are a bigoted organization. They're saying that Donald Sterling is a bigoted man. And, in fact, there is evidence of that.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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