As media criticism, this Gawker post on New Republic owner Martin Peretz, a frequent Scroll subject, is spot-on. (That both the New York and the New York Times Magazinepieces—and believe it or not, both are well worth your time—sent dog-whistles to readers “in the know” is all the more objectionable: These little knowing asides depend on the ideal of exclusive, elite knowledge that is the proper enemy of all good journalism.)
But I’m writing this post mainly because I already barked up this tree, earlier this month, when discussing the late Jewish singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman. Is this the same kind of thing, or not? You tell me.
Why Won’t Anyone Tell You That Marty Peretz Is Gay? [Gawker]
Related: Martin Peretz Is Not Sorry About Anything [NYT Magazine]
Peretz in Exile [NY Mag]
Earlier: Debbie Friedman in Full
Harvard Cancels Peretz Speech
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.