Podhoretz: On Nepotism

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The New York Times takes a look at the editorial transition at Commentary:

To some within the neoconservative movement, the announcement of John Podhoretz as the next editor of Commentary magazine — the same job his father, Norman, held for 35 years — is the best of all possible choices. It is a model of what Adam Bellow (son of the Nobel-winning novelist Saul) called the “new nepotism,� combining the “privileges of birth with the iron rule of merit.�

But to others the decision reeks of the “old nepotism,� in which the only credential that matters is the identity of your father — in Mr. Bellow’s cosmology, less like the Roosevelts than like Tori Spelling getting an acting job because her father was Aaron Spelling.

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Posted on October 24, 2007

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