The New Joe Wilson

Like some of you, perhaps, when I heard that a journalist named Neil Munro had interrupted the president twice during his press conference on the new policy towards undocumented students with argumentative “questions,” I hastened myself to Wikipedia to find out about this fellow, and discovered this:

Neil Munro (1863-1930) was a Scottish journalist, newspaper editor, author and literary critic. He was born in Inveraray and worked as a journalist on various newspapers….

A key figure in literary circles, Munro was a friend of the writers J. M. Barrie, John Buchan, Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham and Joseph Conrad, and the artists Edward A. Hornel, George Houston, Pittendrigh MacGillivray and Robert Macaulay Stevenson. He was an early promoter of the works of both Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.

As I wondered what a Scottish writer who was supposed to have died over 80 years ago was doing upbraiding the president at a press conference (some of his literary friends were pretty right-wing), I ran across this corrective from The Atlantic‘s Adam Martin:

Did you watch the president’s address on his new immigration policy? Did you see the part where he yelled at someone for interrupting? Turns out that someone was The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, whose Twitter bio describes him as: “Born Irish, then became a Cold War bridegroom. I worked at Defense News, Washington Technology, then 10 years at National Journal, and now at TheDC. Lucky me.” Munro’s Daily Caller archive is full of stories on immigration….

DC Editor Tucker Carlson, who sinks farther into the Breitbartian mire each day, allowed as how he was “very proud” of Munro for “doing his job,” which apparently includes serial heckling of the president. So Munro not only won’t get fired; he’s become the new Joe Wilson, and it is a certainty that by sunup tomorrow he will have his very own Wikipedia entry.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.