Sometimes I think of myself as a kind of lesser Michael Kinsley. For years he was the fiery voice of TV liberalism on Crossfire; during the same period I battled bravely against my quick-witted and Republican mother-in-law. While Kinsley and I both contribute to this magazine, he tends to get a full page or more, while I get a modest two columns. And when he left old media to go to Microsoft, where he founded Slate, an online magazine that transmitted its first bits seven months ago, pundits everywhere interpreted the event as a sign that serious journalism...

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