I was never a fan of the Instapundit
. It's not because I disagree with almost everything he writes--I disagree with, but love the Volokh Conspiracy
, and I frequent other Conservative blogs (I even have some in my blogroll).
It's because while the "Insta" is certainly there, he never really struck me as a "pundit". I mean, we're all amateurs here, but is forming a view of the world, linking to everything on the net that backs it up, and then ignoring the rest, really punditry? From reading the Instapundit, I get no sense of an inquisitive mind, eager to discover the truth--only a harsh, shallow, interpretation of a confluence of events, without the intellectual integrity to address the evidence contrary to his pre-formed opinion. It's not hard to find articles and op-eds, and blog entries to back up any point of view. It's not even hard to find facts to back up any point of view, either. What is hard, however, is to take into account what the opposition's facts mean as well--and that is where the Instapundit comes up short.
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I've been forcing myself to read his site, and that I don't recommend that you do the same. It's really just not worth the time. I've been thinking a lot about how the Instapundit works, and was preparing a post about it with some of my observations. Today, I see that the CalPundit captures a lot of what I was thinking
This week Glenn seems to have completed his transformation into the Rush Limbaugh of the blogosphere. Like the piece above, in which he "can't help but feel" that journalists and intellectuals are really motivated by sympathy with murderous dictators, Instapundit has turned into an orgy of innuendo and name calling. [link]
For true elevated debate from the right, I recommend the indispensable Volokh Conspiracy
. You may not agree, but I guarantee you will never feel like they aren't fair, thoughtful, consistent, and thorough, and they never substitute an insult for an argument.
When I say, I disagree with the Volokh's, I mean politically. He's totally right about the language police