Linking to the profile by Jason Zengerle of Peter Beinart in this week’s New York Magazine, Tablet editor Marc Tracy tweeted that: “It is possible that some of the people who follow me on Twitter will wish to read this article.”
This glib understatement more-or-less sums-up what the reaction to this profile will be. As some have noted, Beinart’s views have been all but ignored outside of internal Jewish circles, but the uproar within the global Jewish community has been quite staggering.
I have no doubt that the coming week will bring critiques of the profile and then critiques of those critiques, ad nauseum, so I won’t bother with a full one now (except to note that I love Alana Newhouse and Jeffrey Goldberg, both of whom feature prominently in the article).
Rather, I will point out one small thing that I found a little amusing at the end:
Obama, perhaps more than any other president, is said to be unusually attuned to intramural debates among American Jews and the precise language they require of one another when they talk about Israel, so it’s almost certain that he was aware of the firestorm surrounding Beinart and the book he had just handed him.
The reason that this is funny? Zengerle mentioned that Obama is “said to be” quite tuned-in to internal Jewish debates, but he did not mention who this is said by. In reality, Beinart himself has been the biggest champion of that particular analysis of the President.
So there you go.