Vanity Fair’s latest article criticizes the way pundits like Glenn have been praising the spirit of the Japanese people and how they aren’t looting in the way of the disasters that have struck their country. Why?

Glenn read, “The contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine says last week I noticed a bevy of conservative commentators such as Glenn Beck piously lowering their voices and paying tribute to the calm and resilience of the Japanese people in the time of trauma, emphasizing that there had been no looting in the aftermath of so much destruction and disarray.”

“Yes, the Japanese people have conducted themselves admirably in a tremendous crisis. On that we can all agree. But these tributes were thin envelopes for another different domestically targeted message. It wasn’t subtle because conservatives don’t know how to be subtle. It requires too much tonal refinement and sensibility.”

They have cement hands when it comes to irony and they delve into their anthology of G.K. Chesterton quotations whenever paradox is required. Their subtexts are seldom very sub, snaking around, right around the mottled surface.”

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