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Michael Moynihan Joins Tablet As Columnist

Introducing the Righteous Gentile; first column out today

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Moynihan reporting in Libya in 2011.(Courtesy of Michael Moynihan)

Exciting news, just in time for Rosh Hashanah: Michael C. Moynihan, a regular contributor to Tablet, today becomes an official columnist. Sing Hallelujah!

Few journalists are as tireless and intrepid as Moynihan. Readers will likely remember him best as the reporter who uncovered science writer Jonah Lehrer’s missteps in these pages earlier this summer.

But what marks Michael’s work even more than his scoops is his fresh, surprising, often contrarian analysis of current events—both those that are controversial, and those that are not but should be. Though he is not a member of the tribe, Michael is an obsessive-compulsive observer of Jewish affairs. He consistently sees stories within the Jewish world that deserve a wider audience, and stories within the wider world that the Jewish community ought to pay more attention to. That’s why we’re calling his column The Righteous Gentile.

In his first official column, published today, Michael takes on politicians’ hyperbolic rhetoric—and their propagation of junk history this campaign season. In accusing opponents of the “the Big Lie,” Moynihan shows how Democrats and Republicans are unwittingly reviving one of the Nazis’ favorite debating points. Read it here.

Moynihan was previously managing editor of Vice and senior editor of Reason. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s book review. He lives with his wife—who also happens to be a Tablet illustrator—and daughter in Brooklyn, where they assiduously avoid the Park Slope Food Coop.

Follow him on Twitter @mcmoynihan. Please join me in welcoming him—and wishing him a shana tova.

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“Though he is not a member of the tribe, Michael is an obsessive-compulsive observer of Jewish affairs… That’s why we’re calling his column The Righteous Gentle.”

Looking forward to the column, but this is cringe-worthy – and not just because of the spelling error. Why does it matter if he’s Jewish or not, exactly?

PhillipNagle says:

I have enjoyed watching him on “Redeye” on Fox News.

MichaelSklaroff says:

Sure it matters if a Tablet contributor is Jewish or not. Tablet – “a new read on Jewish life” – concerns itself with things Jewish. As a gentile (it’s nice that he’s righteous and gentle, too), he may be rounded up and thrown into a cattle car for writing a column in a Jewish publication…but he may not. No such luck for the rest of us, and therefore a concern with what affects the world of Judaism.

I know it’s easy to dismiss someone’s point of view based on whether or not s/he is Jewish, but if it doesn’t matter who is and who isn’t, then there’s no need for any Jewish publication or any Jewish organization. But it does matter and there is a need.

I’ll look forward to reading his colum.

Wouldn’t non-”righteous” views of all kinds be better? There is research to back that up. What tribe is that — the human tribe? Actually, genetically we are all members of the original African tribe. East African, I believe.

It is frightingly interesting, pun intended, that tribalism is the default response to the horrors of tribal violence visited on tribes — of all sorts. Very human and usually very silly.

Love the mag though. Lots of kool topics.

Bradley Crandall says:

Michael, welcome to Tablet! As a BIG fan of yours when you were with Reason and often on Reason.tv, I look forward to your writing here as well.

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