Let's get this out of the way...

At a press conference today soon-to-be governor David Paterson got the question that pretty much had to be asked. Has he ever patronized a prostitute? His answer...
"Only the lobbyists." [TU]


That question, which I found so distasteful and which Mr. Paterson answered so well and with such marvelous timing, was posed by Jacob Gershman of The New York Sun.

As readers of this website know, I have little respect for The New York Sun. Instead, I prefer to read such propaganda on its original Likud and/or American Israel Public Affairs Committee stationery.

Mr. Gershman, when not asking unprofessional questions for The Sun, also spends his time cranking out sub par efforts for Commentary - John P. Normanson's latest toy courtesy of Norm and Midge. (And Jonah Goldberg, son of Lucianne, alleges that Barack Obama has manipulated his race to get ahead? Pot, Kettle is on Line #1.)

For those not familiar with John P. Normanson, read Hanna Rosin's marvelous piece, "Oedipus & Podhoretz," in the Dec. 29, 1997 edition of New York. Ms. Rosin's effort may be more than a decade old, but it remains as accurate a description of its central figure today as ever before.

Mr. Gershman's question to Mr. Paterson represented immaturity, juvenile behavior, and a complete absence of professionalism in its most blatant form. Of course, the Albany press corps said nothing.

Hope Ms. Darcy and the Puberty Kid will publish this comment and not toss it in the scrap heap under the title "Antisemitic." I have no problem with Mr. Gershman's religion or the state of Israel and as Mr. Obama, for whom I have NOT yet decided to vote, so aptly noted recently, one who questions the actions of Likud and AIPAC is not questioning Israel - only the actions of Likud and AIPAC.

Quite simply, Mr. Gershman's attitude disgusts us all and brings shame to his profession and his publication. Too bad no one in the state press gaggle, a group too often interested in cocktail parties, called him on it.

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