National Review's Charles Cooke Gets Hate Mail

From an intellectual, no less!

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The best I could tell from my limited, Conservative intellect is that the email has something to do with THIS article.

Mr. Cooke was kind enough to critique the email so as to benefit the sender in the future.

Posted by: DMartyr at 04:34 PM


1 He Rachael Maddowed Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Oh, the humanity!

Posted by: Valerie at July 28, 2014 04:52 PM

2 This email is a classic. We once bought Neil deGrasse Tyson to our university for a speaking engagement at the grad school. The fee was in the 20k range (I don't remember the exact figure but it was eye popping). He was not at his best, he clearly made up his talk as he went along, stopping in the middle to take a phone call from his daughter (I kid you not) and made derogatory comments about people who didn't believe in science. I found him unbelievable egotistical and a little too dismissive of the rural location of our school for comfort. He's certainly very charismatic, charismatic enough to inspire the types capable of writing these types of insane emails. But I was very disillusioned with the reality.

Posted by: focusonreality at July 28, 2014 04:56 PM

3 the letter writer is wrong with regard to religion and science because in the Middle Ages the scientists were monks.

Posted by: Aussie at July 28, 2014 05:31 PM

4 Now, now; have some respect, OK, none, for the "intellectual elite" having at Cooke.

Posted by: Kafiroon at July 28, 2014 06:19 PM

5 Coincidentally, I just finished watching Tyson's "The Inexplicable Universe" on Netflix, and I think Cooke might overstate his approach to Tyson a bit (Tyson includes himself among those that higher-intelligence aliens would dismiss). That being said, he does seem to get in a lot of trouble whenever he tries to discuss history rather than science. Sorry, Dr. Tyson, not every Christian thought epilepsy was demonic possession, nor did every medieval person think toadstools were arranged by fairies.

Here's a great takedown of Cosmos' approach to the allegedly enlightened heretic Giordano Bruno:
(Turns out Bruno was a loony all the way around, but for some reason Cosmos chose to write a hagiography to him.)

And while he certainly ain't a Tea Partier, Tyson also defended Bush's record on science (and was a Bush appointee), qualifying it with a shot at Bush's stance stem cells.

All that being said, I do think "geek culture" is being largely hijacked by leftwing artists...but then again this is a Star Wars-themed site...until the new Disney overlords send the cease and desist...

Posted by: T.Y. at July 28, 2014 06:49 PM

6 The Federalist had a good takedown of his "top 10 books". He was trying to be snarky, listing things like The Bible and The Art of War with smart ass remarks. Really he was just revealing himself to be an ass.

Posted by: Adam at July 28, 2014 08:17 PM

7 the writer is probably a demonratanti gun, anti 2nd ammenndment nut since he threatens war if shouting racism does not work - oh yes, a hypocrite of the finest cloth...

Posted by: john at July 29, 2014 06:59 AM

8 how are the liberal elite going to win the next civil tea partiers have all the guns...

what a dumbass

theyll win the next civil war like obamacare "will bend the cost curve downward"

Posted by: sound awake at July 29, 2014 07:24 AM

9 He insanely accuses Conservatives of wanting to go back to the 19th Century? Uhh, isn't that still 12 Centuries better than the moslems are taking us?.... As far as fighting a Civil War, the conservatives have the guns. All the liberals have is name calling and accusations of racism. What a ridiculous blowhard.

Posted by: nadadhimmi at July 29, 2014 08:55 AM

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