It may happen frequently or infrequently, but it looks like all the authors of op-eds in today’s New York Times are Jewish. Actually, I’m not sure about the guy who did the cartoons of an old graduating class, but his name sounds Jewish — for sure Krugman, Brooks, and Livni are. In theory there’s nothing wrong with this, but I worry that it gives the reader a slanted perspective. The Times is owned by Jews; so, maybe it’s on purpose, but the news usually seems pretty balanced, although there are probably lots of Jewish writers in the newsroom as well.
I am hoping that reading the Financial Times op-eds will give me some balance, although who knows, they may be Jewish, too. Certainly one of the most celebrated Financial Times columnists until he left to join the Obama administration was Larry Summers, who is Jewish. In addition, a lot of the bad business practices that led to the current financial debacle were carried out by Anglos, both in New York and London, (probably not WASPs, since the P for Protestant seems to be a dying breed).
I am somewhat heartened that Niall Ferguson, who I think is Scottish, has taken on Paul Krugman, at least on the issue of inflation, in the Financial Times. I think Jon Meachum, who may be Episcopalian, is also a fresh voice on these issues.
Meanwhile, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is in the news all the time because of his role in examining Sotomayor for the Surpreme Court. He comes from my background: Alabama, U of A Law School (about the same time I graduated there, although I don’t remember him), now lives in Mobile, and presumably Protestant. But I don’t agree with him on much of anything. I agree with Brooks and Krugman much more often, not to mention Tom Friedman, with whom I agree most of the time.